Rhae Lynn Barnes

About Rhae Lynn

Dr. Rhae Lynn Barnes is a member of the Society of Fellows at USC and Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton (beginning 2018). She earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University and B.A. at U.C. Berkeley. She is the co-founder of U.S. History Scene.

  Half-way through this early clip from the Shari Lewis Show in the 1960s, the beloved ventriloquist helps Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse (who are playing house) settle whether or not girls could ever be President of the United States. Choice quote from Lamb Chop: “Thirty-five Presidents, all men, and not one could do the job right!… MORE

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Required Readings:  *“What It’s Like to Live in Earth’s Most A-Bombed Area,” U.S. News and World Report, 1957 *John L. Findlay, “Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth,” from Magic Lands: Western Cityscapes and American Culture After 1940 *Joan Didion, John Wayne: A Love Song *Hunter S. Thompson, Hippies *Hunter S. Thompson, Fear & Loathing in… MORE

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If you’re trying to remember what “reading for pleasure” means post-final exams, here is Part 2 of book suggestions from U.S. History Scene’s historians, social studies teachers, and readers to fulfill your summer history needs! 1) For everyone who needs to know the genius behind the “feminist” Ted Talk sample on Beyonce’s Flawless: “Read the internationally… MORE

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Warning! These recordings are historical artifacts reflecting the beliefs of Stephen Foster as he wrote them in the nineteenth century and recording artists who performed his work during the Jim Crow Era. The caricatured language and content may be offensive to contemporary listeners and viewers. They are for educational purposes only. In 1828, T.D. “Big… MORE

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