American History · photography · trains

steam locomotive photography captures an era

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

American History · art

using art to ponder ideas about race

“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

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