Tonight I attended the reception for the latest exhibit at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum here in Tuscaloosa. The exhibit features the photography of David Plowden who is known for capturing American landscapes. The photos in this exhibit reflect his fascination with steam locomotives, which were first seen in Great Britain in the early… Continue reading steam locomotive photography captures an era
“the most important thing is that I had a purpose….”- Harriet Tubman I am watching the encore of WGN’s “Underground.” It is the best show on television now. I leave the classroom talking about those critical years approaching the Civil War. I come home to this wonderful show. And in between? In between I had… Continue reading using art to ponder ideas about race
I’m back home from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) meeting in New Orleans. It was great seeing old friends and meeting possibly new ones. Among the highlights: -hearing the many ways to approach historian John Blassingame’s early 1970s seminal study on the “slave” community at an off-site facility. I had a live tweet moment… Continue reading musings
I finally had a chance to locate and revisit my recent talk in Montgomery at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. After listening to what I said, I realized there were so many things I could have said better, but all in all, I am happy to have had the chance to make my research accessible… Continue reading state archive presentation now on Youtube
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
In September 1865, a few months after the Civil War ended, Elvira Townsend, a woman of African descent, wrote her former master’s lawyer to say, “It is necessary that I should know the condition of our affairs…The new state of affairs gives us the power to enforce remedies and we shall do it…we can obtain… Continue reading “…new state of affairs”
Today I got a sneak peek at “Freedom? Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection,” an exhibit curated by several University of Alabama faculty members. It opens Monday and will be up through April 28. The image above is among the art work on display. To see a sample of other work, check out the clip… Continue reading freedom?