High School Yearbooks, Trump and Immigrants, and Barstool Sports
Past Present Episode 148
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of high school yearbooks, how the Trump administration is defining immigrants as “public charges,” and the awful misogyny of Barstool Sports.
Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- High school yearbooks have been in the spotlight during the investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. Niki cited this Atlantic article that historicizes yearbooks and Natalia recommended historian Paula Fass’ book Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education for its use of yearbooks as historical sources.
- President Trump came to power promising to tighten immigration legislation, and a recent proposal promises to deny citizenship to those who make use of public services. Natalia recommended this Atlantic interview with historian Hidetaka Hirota about how today’s policies are rooted in 19th-century policies that targeted the Irish.
- If sports has always been a “boys’ club,” Barstool Sports has taken this sexism to new levels. Natalia recommended this Daily Beast article on the controversial website.
In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:
- Natalia shared her experience visiting the Storm King Art Center in Cornwall, NY.
- Neil commented on touring the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Abiquiú, New Mexico.
- Niki discussed historian Sarah Milov’s Washington Post piece, “Like the Tobacco Industry, E-Cigarette Manufacturers Are Targeting Children.”