The articles in this issue areabout many kinds of motion, from the sojourns of Cambodian dancers in 1906 France to the stuttering flicker of early silent film, and from the rise and fall of Brazilian hot air balloons to the travels of baby teeth earnestly dispatched by St. Louis schoolchildren in the name of Science.
Chapter 1: Humans in Motion
Editorial Letter: In Motion
Introducing nineteen original articles on how motion informs history.
The Man Who Was Buried Twice
By Mary Draper
The earthquake that swallowed up the “Sodom of the West Indies,” and the aftershock that regurgitated one lucky merchant.
The Peripatetic Life of Isabella Bird
By Cara Parks
Following the footsteps of the greatest female traveler of the nineteenth century.
Photographing the Guillotine
By Stassa Edwards
The guillotine and the photograph were deployed as tools in the spectacle of power: the guillotine terrorized while the photograph surveilled.
Shameless, Villainous, and Wicked: a Keller Family History
By Kevin Keller
A family history of hazing at West Point.
To Russia, With Love
By Lydia Pyne
The Soviet exhibit’s banner in Moscow read: “Ancient Humans: Production and Consumption Elevate Humans Above Other Animals.”
The Appearance of Being Earnest
By B.R. Cohen
The French confidence man who took credit for what one nineteenth-century paper called “the most gigantic swindle of our time.”
Don’t Cry for Me, Elanthia: An Archaeology of Gemstone III
By Benjamin Breen
Coming October 27, 2014
Chapter 2: Objects in Motion
To be published November 4, 2014
Chapter 3: Ideas in Motion
To be published December 3, 2014