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Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28-29, 2013: September 2013 Recap

[A recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
September 2: Labor Day Special: To celebrate Labor Day, I highlighted a handful of posts in which I’ve addressed work and the labor movement.
September 3: Virginia Daytrips: Frontier Culture Museum: A series on AmericanStudies trips in the Commonwealth starts with a site that makes a compelling argument about our communal identity.
September 4: Virginia Daytrips: Colonial Williamsburg: The series continues with the inevitably presentist and propagandistic sides to any historic reenactment.
September 5: Virginia Daytrips: Monticello: Two tours that help visitors consider some of the contradictions and complexities of one of our most famous historic houses, as the series rolls on.
September 6: Virginia Daytrips: Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center: The series concludes with the limitations and possibilities of a museum that goes really big.
September 7-8: Crowd-sourced Daytrips: The responses of fellow AmericanStudiers to this week’s series, as well as a prior one on New England daytrips.
September 9: Newport Stories: Cornelius Vanderbilt II: A series on stories connected to Newport’s The Breakers starts with the complex man who built the mansion.
September 10: Newport Stories: The Omelet King: The series continues with the very American story of the Newport chef who made good (and made good eggs).
September 11: Newport Stories: Gertrude Vanderbilt: The Vanderbilt daughter who looks like just another rich heiress—until we look closer.
September 12: Newport Stories: Alice and Alva Vanderbilt: The two sisters-in-law whose identities and lives took dramatically different turns, as the series rolls on.
September 13: Newport Stories: To Preserve or Not to Preserve: The series concludes with the million-dollar question behind Newport’s historic mansions.
September 14-15: Public AmericanStudying Update: A follow up to my first two book talks of the fall, at Boston’s Suffolk and Wellesley Universities.
September 16: Gloucester Stories: Judith Sargent: A series inspired by a visit to our oldest seaport starts with the house that imprisoned and liberated one of my favorite American women.
September 17: Gloucester Stories: The Sense of the Past: The series continues with some of the reasons to better remember Gloucester’s long-term American histories.
September 18: Gloucester Stories: Rocky Neck: On the historical and contemporary Art Colony that complicates and enriches our narratives of Gloucester.
September 19: Gloucester Stories: What’s Next: Thinking about where a city like Gloucester goes from here, as the series rolls on.
September 20: Gloucester Stories: Hammond Castle: The series concludes with the historic site that’s just too weird, and too American, not to include.
September 21-22: Welcome to AmericanStudier!: An introductory post for those visitors and readers who are new to the blog, and everybody else too! (Now permanently featured to the right on the blog’s home page.)
September 23: Justice is Not Color Blind: Scottsboro: A series on race and the American justice system starts with the book that helps us think about why dark histories happen, and what we can do about it.
September 24: Justice is Not Color Blind: The Hurricane: The series continues with the benefits of both macro and micro approaches to a historic injustice.
September 25: Justice is Not Color Blind: Duke: On the swinging pendulum, the benefit of the doubt, and the role of public scholars.
September 26: Justice is Not Color Blind: Oscar Grant: What has and has not changed in the age of digital and social media, as the series rolls on.
September 27: Justice is Not Color Blind: The New Jim Crow: The series concludes with the deeply depressing book that we should all read.
Next series starts Monday,
Ben
PS. What would you like to see covered on the blog? Guest Posts you’d like to write?

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