antebellum · archives · art · letters · teaching

taking it to the archive

I am so geeked today. My “Antebellum America” students and I will travel to the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and to the Paul Jones Collection. Both are housed in our university’s Mary Harmon Bryant Hall. We have two goals. They will be invited to, first, think about how old letters and art are wonderful… Continue reading taking it to the archive

alabama · American History · antebellum · public history

space matters…tonight

Geeked about the unveiling of the “Space Matters” digital installation this evening at the University of Alabama Gorgas’ House Museum & welcoming The New York Times bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez, our keynote speaker. She will be touring UA with my cherished colleague Dr. Hilary Green¬†before her talk.¬†Special thanks to many including my colleague Dr. John… Continue reading space matters…tonight

antebellum · courage · narratives · postbellum

fall 2019, or on the fun and the difficult conversation

Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins March 25. On the burner again for me will be teaching “Antebellum America” and “American Civilization Since 1865.” Plenty of overlap will exist between these classes. How much has changed socially? Where do we see progress? Where does history repeat? How is power consolidated? Troubled? Which bodies are… Continue reading fall 2019, or on the fun and the difficult conversation

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

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

antebellum · women's history

Alabama Heritage magazine article in mailbox today

    I opened my mailbox and smiled. The latest issue of Alabama Heritage was inside. Among the featured stories is an article I wrote on how young women sidestepped stereotypes about southern belles by obtaining an education in the years leading to and beyond the Civil War. Above is a picture of African American… Continue reading Alabama Heritage magazine article in mailbox today