American History · antebellum

good final day of teaching for Fall 2019

A semester long look at antebellum America with mapping Tuscaloosa and Alabama’s history in mind culminated this week. I just loved the rawness of the maps some of the students enrolled in my Antebellum America class offered today during their presentations. Above is one addressing violence. Despite the typos, there’s something very endearing here. It… Continue reading good final day of teaching for Fall 2019

alabama · southern history

great trip to see pre-Civil War Tuscaloosa exhibit at Transportation Museum

The Antebellum America students had a splendid visit to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum today. They saw an exhibit that puts on display what Tuscaloosa looked like before the Civil War. Katherine Richter Edge, the Director of the Museum, helped us see how power is in flux. This is the thesis for this course.… Continue reading great trip to see pre-Civil War Tuscaloosa exhibit at Transportation Museum

Civil War · southern history

Civil War P.O.W. prison exhibit up

Tonight, I attended the opening reception for a new museum exhbiti unveiling select artifacts from an archaeological dig that reveals the remains of a Union P.O.W. prison that were once on the present site of Tuscaloosa’s Embassy Suites Hotel. It was so cool seeing pottery from a New York artist ….and oyster shells that likely… Continue reading Civil War P.O.W. prison exhibit up

Civil War · University of Alabama

awesome visit to Bryce Hospital

The rain, wind and lightning were coming down very hard, but sixteen students, our graduate teaching assistant Liam Adkison, and I joined Steve Davis, historian for UA’s Bryce Hospital, for a wonderful tour. What a walk through time for my “American Civilization Since 1865” class! I learned the 22nd patient was an African American man.… Continue reading awesome visit to Bryce Hospital