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
I love maps. Always have. Today I am looking at ones addressing the Battle of New Orleans as one way of prepping for my “Antebellum America” class, which meets 3-5:30pm each Thursday beginning August 22. Andrew Jackson’s unlikely victory in New Orleans against the British anchors our attention to the stories we tell ourselves about… Continue reading musings
Still coming down from Alabama’s wonderful win over LSU last night and the passing of trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Also, still strengthened by the brief research trip to Smathers Libraries. All of these things in some way point to various freedoms that I am compelled to not take for granted, among them the freedom to ask… Continue reading freedom
This morning, I woke up to the sight of the Ohio River. Once upon a time, on one side lied freedom. On the other was slave territory. The history books now tell us there were different kinds of freedom. Cincinnati was the site of mob attacks on blacks before the Civil War. Although on free… Continue reading A river
It’s Sunday and I’m back at it. Here in Tuscaloosa, we sprint toward the end of the semester (thankfully, with an extra hour of sleep). I do as much shortly after returning from the Southern Historical Association (SHA) meeting alternately energized and reflective about so much, but above all, how so much of what happens… Continue reading so much through which to sort