Thoughts about the History Discipline in 2020

This is just a brief introduction into some ideas that have been percolating in my mind lately about the study of History in higher education. Right now the study of History is perhaps more important than ever. Journalists, politicians, and other media creators constantly invoke history as they discuss the pandemic, Black Lives Matters, Confederate … More Thoughts about the History Discipline in 2020

Black Women Matter

Over the past seven days, I have posted the words of black women in America on my Instagram account: Harriet Jacobs, Ida B. Wells, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ruth Turner Perot, Ericka Huggins, and Angela Davis. Their words stretch from 1861 to 2017. They represent the smallest fraction of black women in the US.¬† … More Black Women Matter

Books & Readings on African American History/Actionable Items

  This is a preliminary list of resources from my research and teaching (and some recommended to me, some still in process of reading). I share it only as one way to access the enormous amount of information available to us to better understand the past that continues to shape our present and to be … More Books & Readings on African American History/Actionable Items

Women in History – Gender Roles & Civilization

I’m currently teaching Women in US History again. It’s one of my favorite classes to teach because students are always excited to learn new things about what women were doing in our past and to see the histories that they are familiar with told through new lens. However, I always find myself asking new questions … More Women in History – Gender Roles & Civilization

Visiting OMC’s Exhibit on the Black Panthers

I am currently teaching a course on the turbulent decades of the 1960s and 1970s at Santa Clara University. Unsurprisingly, we have spent a significant amount of our time discussing the Civil Rights Movement in its many iterations during that period. This has included some analysis and discovery about the Black Panthers, who of course … More Visiting OMC’s Exhibit on the Black Panthers

Researching Children at Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill

While working on my dissertation, I spent time at the Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.¬†Like children in all Shaker communities, children at Pleasant Hill lived in family houses separated by gender (note the separate entrances to both homes in the below photographs). Caretakers, rather than biological parents, raised the children. Ideally Shaker children learned … More Researching Children at Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill