they were simpler times

  • Tumblr pre-Hamilton:Four maybe five devoted history blogs, extremely inconsistent spasms of popular Founding Father posts, tags change every two weeks on a good interval, majority of consistent discussion has to do with HBO John Adams and Turn, Founding Father roleplaying blogs last two minutes and then die. If you've seen five new early American history posts in a week, you've seen it all. The posts circulate between the same ten people. 30 notes is a decent amount for a post. The circle of Tumblr historians is like a small seventeenth-century village; everybody knows (or has at least heard of) each other.
  • Tumblr post-Hamilton:Everybody and their mother suddenly knows (or at least thinks they know) everything about American history and has loved American history all their lives. New Founding Fathers fanart every 0.2 seconds. So many founding era posts that it's impossible to see and reblog everything. At least 300 notes is standard for a history post. Suddenly everybody knows about I Made America. Even people who have never batted an eyelash at musical theater or history get Founding Fathers on their dash. Lines between theater and history blogs are hopelessly blurred. Founding Father fandom is huge and tumultuous. Tumblr might never be the same.

Hey remember when these guys were like 13 year old goof balls and everything was a simpler time? Yeah those were the good ol’ days~ (old man voice)

Pre-game Jade Harley~

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captain america is not here to lead the country. i’m here to serve it. if i’m a captain, then i’m a soldier. not of any military branch, but of the people. years ago, in simpler times, this suit and shield were created as a symbol to help make america the land it’s supposed to be. | insp.

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Happy 153rd Birthday, Ida B. Wells-Barnett! On her 24th birthday, the activist was in Denver, Colorado. She recorded a drive through town with a Mr. Marcus, which she considered her birthday gift. Times were simpler.

“Mr. Marcus took us driving through town Friday morning before we left; as that was my 24th, birthday and the first time he had so honored me I took it as a birthday gift.”

See more of Ida’s diaries and her personal papers in the substantially digitized Ida B. Wells Papers @UChicagoSCRC.

Images:

1. Ida B. Wells in 1893/1894. Photograph by Cihak and Zima.

2. Excerpt from Ida B. Wells’ diary, 1885-1887.