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“Futures of the Past” is an issue about how past generations have reckoned their collective futures. But it’s also about how the razor’s edge of the present comes up against the haziness of futurity, and what happens when that hazy future becomes inscribed, remembered, and—eventually—forgotten. We’re interested here in the work that the future does in shaping history—as a utopian dream, a set of collective anxieties, or simply as a story that we tell about where we come from and where we hope to end up.

Chapter 1: Bad Predictions

Chapter 2: Futures Past

Chapter 3: The Politics of the Future

About The Appendix

The Appendix is a quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history, soliciting articles from historians, writers, and artists committed to good storytelling, with an eye for the strange and a suspicion of both jargon and traditional narratives.

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The Beard That Wasn’t: Abe Lincoln’s Whiskers
By Sean Trainor

The origins of the sixteenth President’s facial hair are more tangled than you might think.

Originally Appeared in… Bodies Volume 2. Issue 2. April 2014

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