American History · complex past and present

trip to Oklahoma reenergizes

I just visited Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I was there to present two keynote addresses on two separate days at a joint meeting for the state’s professional historians and undergraduate and graduate members of Phi Alpha Theta, the honorary society for college students interested in history. As true last week in Montgomery, AL, where I… Continue reading trip to Oklahoma reenergizes

choreography · freedom · labor

dance piece brings memory of grandmas and those who struggle

Many years ago, my grandmother gave me this dress. It is a dress from another time. Last night, I saw a performance that left me in tears. It reminded me of this dress. The choreography was by Cornelius Carter, Professor of Dance at the University of Alabama, someone I call friend. Think working women. Think… Continue reading dance piece brings memory of grandmas and those who struggle

archives · John Hope Franklin · slavery

oklahoma talks prompts memory of a great one

This week, I will speak in Oklahoma as a guest of the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians and neighboring state chapters of Phi Alpha Theta. As I prepare to travel to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, I am reminded of one of the state’s great natives: the late historian John Hope Franklin. When I was a… Continue reading oklahoma talks prompts memory of a great one

alabama · books · southern history

Great author Meet & Greet at Tuscaloosa bookseller

Hilary Green, Assistant Professor, Gender and Race Studies, and I had a great time at Ernest and Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, AL. Indeed, today’s Author Meet and Greet at the new indie bookstore in Tuscaloosa went well. It was so good seeing so many of our colleagues, among them Susan Reynolds, Associate Editor of Alabama… Continue reading Great author Meet & Greet at Tuscaloosa bookseller

alabama · photography · slavery

talk at Alabama Department of Archives and History went very well today

I had a great talk at the Alabama Department of Archives and History today even though I was running on fumes. Every copy of my book sold at the gift shop. There were wonderful questions from audience. So glad to see so many eager to discuss our complex past and present. The presentation largely focused… Continue reading talk at Alabama Department of Archives and History went very well today

books · slavery

difficult conversations continue this week at state archives

I’m still reeling from seeing the ties between Chance the Rapper’s Best New Artist acceptance speech at last night’s Grammys. His mention of God several times and indeed, his performance beside a choir, pose tensions with today’s lecture in my “American Civilization to 1865” class. I addressed the Enlightenment and Great Awakening, two movements that… Continue reading difficult conversations continue this week at state archives