It’s not often I post on the same day. Had to share that I just heard about the Easter Sunday passing of Dr. Sarah Wiggins, Professor of History, Emerita, University of Alabama. Since I arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2012, she has spoken to both my “American Civilization to 1865” survey class and my “Antebellum America”… Continue reading sarah
While prepping for today’s live interview with Brandon Thompson, Director of Gorgas House, I went through some old files and found a couple of photographs I wore to Ian Crawford’s tribute to the Battle of New Orleans. I recall being concerned about the politics of wearing a dress that a woman of African descent with… Continue reading memories of a dress
So happy to have been interviewed by The Washington Post. We need to better understand these familiar horrors and the complexities circling around them. For more, see this story about an enslaved woman who inherited the property of a man who almost certainly had coercive moments with her.
I had been telling the students enrolled in my “Antebellum America” course all semester about what it is like to stand in the dome at the top of Bryce Hospital. Here, Landon Garland, a University of Alabama President, and his wife, Louisa, stood in April 1865 as Union soldiers approached Tuscaloosa, intending to burn down… Continue reading Bryce Hospital tour went well
Just proctored the final final exam for my American Civilization Since 1865 class. It is my FINAL final because I am tired of being assigned to the last day of final exams for several years now. The end of finals week is a time when the students want to get out of here and some… Continue reading space matters feedback
As promotion begins and as I prepare to meet with the animator after we get the final map from Cartlab, I am getting geeked. Fingers crossed that this April 16th event is an informative and fun one. It will be a bit nuanced, but it should help us unflatten these old stories that show the… Continue reading April 16th talk becoming real
Listening to Eartha Kitt as I tie together lots of loose ends including prepping for an exhibit at Gorgas House receiving inspiration from the work of students enrolled in my Fall 2018 “Antebellum America” class. Stills from their Power Point images are featured in this blog entry. Earlier this week, I had Donna Summer on… Continue reading musings
My graduate students and I are in antebellum New York and Harlem circa the 1920s and 1930s next week. This watercolor receives inspiration from the readings and an old piece of writing I recently picked back up.
The Antebellum America students had a splendid visit to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum today. They saw an exhibit that puts on display what Tuscaloosa looked like before the Civil War. Katherine Richter Edge, the Director of the Museum, helped us see how power is in flux. This is the thesis for this course.… Continue reading great trip to see pre-Civil War Tuscaloosa exhibit at Transportation Museum
Amazing day with an amazing class. We took up Anya Jabour’s study on the way in which young elite white women in our antebellum past disrupted expectations especially during the Civil War. Time away from home at school permitted some of them to think deeply about the changing world around them that included them. Although… Continue reading scarlett’s sisters and more