American History · Cold War · jazz

radiolab interview…still pinching myself

My thoughts on what I’d save during the Cold War in aftermath of a nuclear attack made it on RadioLab. Context offered 24 minutes in. I’m about 28 minutes in. Whoa! Thank you, Simon Adler, show producer!   Yes, a recording of Mahalia Jackson singing The Lord’s Prayer at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is… Continue reading radiolab interview…still pinching myself

American History · swagger

antebellum america swagger site up

It is always wonderful to have the chance to share my students’ discoveries. Happy to say excerpts from the capstone papers in my “Antebellum America Swagger” (HY 430) course are now up. Because of the pandemic, we are using this digital sharing to give students an opportunity to see each other’s work. They were charged… Continue reading antebellum america swagger site up

American History · teaching

live talk on Facebook this Tuesday about local history & my research

Looking forward to speaking to Katherine Edge, Director of the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum and Brandon Thompson, Director of The Gorgas House Museum live for one hour beginning at 10am April 14 (this Tuesday) about my journey toward becoming a historian, engaging local histories and historical sites in my teaching, and my present research. Join… Continue reading live talk on Facebook this Tuesday about local history & my research

africa · American History

dash, gendered storytelling and the gullah sea islands

This week, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust novel, which receives inspiration from her ancestral connections to the Gullah Sea Islands (and offers the back story for characters in her pivotal 1991 film Daughters of the Dust), are front in center in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class. I have so much to think… Continue reading dash, gendered storytelling and the gullah sea islands

American History · Civil War

from the mouths of brilliant young people….swag

My husband always said “Limbs are made for climbing out on.” So, it was with pleasure I told students enrolled in my “Antebellum America Swagger,” a capstone research and writing class at the University of Alabama, these same words. I was not sure if they would understand how the word “swagger,” which has been in… Continue reading from the mouths of brilliant young people….swag