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

American History · womanhood

scarlett’s sisters and more

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

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