American History · gender · slavery

maddening power and not

This week, the graduate students enrolled ┬áin 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

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 · 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