SOURCE: Mother Jones
SCOTUS Seems Poised to Overrule Democracy By Drawing on a Historical Forgery
In 1818, Charles Pinckney of South Carolina sent John Quincy Adams a fake document that made it look like Pinckney was a principal author of the 1787 Constitution. At the time, the ruse was rejected. Why are Supreme Court conservatives looking to this document in to justify their decisions?
SOURCE: Antigone Journal
Adventures in Decoding Cicero's "Consolation"
by Mike Fontaine
After scholars argued inconclusively for centuries about whether a treatise on grief attributed to Cicero was a forgery, a computer program suggested it was. The author says the computer got it right, and expands on his own investigation.
SOURCE: Charleston Post and Courier
The Man Who Conned the Confederacy
Samuel Upham's trade in counterfeit Confederate bills started to cash in on the craze for war souvenirs. It's possible that the U.S. Government helped him improve his operation to destabilize the Confederate currency.
SOURCE: New York Daily News
Don't Buy Egyptian Antiquities – Even Fakes
by Erin L. Thompson
Buying antiquities without due diligence into their provenance feeds a black market for looted archaeological objects.
SOURCE: New York Times
A Manhattan Dealer Sold Fake Antiquities for Decades
The Manhattan DA's Antiquities Trafficking Unit filed charges against Mehrdad Sadigh, charging him with running an assembly line of distressing new items to sell them as ancient artifacts.
The Franklin Prophecy and Antisemitic Forgery for Profit
by Scott D. Seligman
Remarks attributed to Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention calling for the exclusion of Jews from the new nation were concocted by "lifetime anticommunist and antisemitic nutjob" Willam D. Pelley in the 1930s.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
A Scholarly Screw-Up of Biblical Proportions
by Ariel Sabar
The author of a book on the high-profile forgery of papyrus fragments indicating Jesus had a wife discusses how an article based on those fraudulent documents passed peer review.
- O'Mara: Politics and Commercial Pressure, not ChatGPT, are the Threats
- Why are the Dems Denying DC Self-Government?
- Anastasia Curwood on Shirley Chisholm's Childhood Heroes
- After Studying Housing Discrimination, This Historian is Fighting it in Court
- How Textbook Publishers are Censoring the Story of Rosa Parks to Sell Books in Florida