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

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

history · University of Alabama

visit to Gorgas House went well

The semester has started wonderfully! Students enrolled in my “Antebellum America” class visited the University of Alabama’s Gorgas House. Here, former UA President and Librarian Josiah Gorgas, and his wife, Amelia Gayle Gorgas, successor to the Librarian position following his 1883 death, lived (their children included William Gorgas, best known for battling yellow fever during… Continue reading visit to Gorgas House went well