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

alabama · Black History Month · courage · slavery

William Bolden Townsend, an Alabama native brings our complex past in view

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to present William Bolden Townsend. He is a descendant of the Townsends freed by Samuel Townsend, a Huntsville planter who left the bulk of an estate worth $5.1 million in today’s currency to ten enslaved children from five enslaved women and their immediate kin. William Bolden Townsend… Continue reading William Bolden Townsend, an Alabama native brings our complex past in view