American History · womanhood

scarlett’s sisters and more

Amazing day with an amazing class. We took up Anya Jabour’s study on the way in which young elite white women in our antebellum past disrupted expectations especially during the Civil War. Time away from home at school permitted some of them to think deeply about the changing world around them that included them. Although… Continue reading scarlett’s sisters and more

antebellum · tuscaloosa

rain or not…downtown tour took place

This image above of my students standing in front of the Jemison Van de Graaff mansion speaks volumes about the progress we’ve made in this country despite the difficult headlines before us today. The students enrolled in my “Antebellum America” course visited Tuscaloosa’s Old Tavern Museum, the Jemison mansion and the Old Capitol Building ruins… Continue reading rain or not…downtown tour took place

University of Alabama · women · women's history

women of the Tide comment on women of the Tide

Congrats to these students in my “American Civilization Since 1865” course for taking advantage of an extra credit opportunity to visit Gorgas House and see an exhibit highlighting the contributions of women on our campus, among them postbellum librarian and postmistress Amelia Gayle who “was the glue that held this school together” following the stroke… Continue reading women of the Tide comment on women of the Tide