American History · gender · slavery

maddening power and not

This week, the graduate students enrolled  in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course turn to Nikki M. Taylor’s Driven Towards Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2014). I love this book. It has the analytical rigor required of historians, but also the intimacy of an African… Continue reading maddening power and not

American History · gender

on housing, Miami and Zora

I am still tinkering with my Zora Neale Hurston paper for SEWSA, which addresses the acclaimed novelist’s time in Miami during the winter and spring of 1950. As I write, my thoughts overlap with ideas being introduced in today’s Great Depression lecture in my “American Civilization Since 1865” class. I’ve already addressed in class how… Continue reading on housing, Miami and Zora

gender · judgement · race

on judgement and self determination

This is one of those rare weeks when what I am teaching in my intro-level course “American Civilization Since 1865” undergraduate class overlaps nicely with what is being discussed in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate class. In the former,  I am addressing turn of the century reform efforts, hardening attitudes toward race and… Continue reading on judgement and self determination