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Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 29-30, 2014: November 2014 Recap

[A recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]

November 3: Exemplary Elections: 1800: An election week series starts with the election that changed everything—and, fortunately, didn’t.

November 4: Exemplary Elections: 1864: The series continues with one very good and one very bad thing about the crucial wartime election.

November 5: Exemplary Elections: 1876: How an AmericanStudies approach can help us understand one of our most contested elections, as the series rolls on.

November 6: Exemplary Elections: 1948: A couple AmericanStudies contexts beyond the compelling “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline.

November 7: Exemplary Elections: 1994: The series concludes with three 21st century legacies of a defining midterm election. (For a lot more discussion, see this Lawyers, Guns and Money story in response to my post.)

November 8-9: Four Years!: Four heartfelt thanks on the occasion of the blog’s fourth anniversary!

November 10: Veterans Days: The Best Years of Our Lives: A Veterans’ Day series starts with the under-remembered film that offers an important perspective on this American community.    

November 11: Veterans Days: The Bonus Army: The series continues with the historical event and community that remind us of for how long veterans have also been activists.

November 12: Veterans Days: The Harrisburg Veterans Parade: One of the low points in our treatment of veterans, and then one of the highs, as the series rolls on.

November 13: Veterans Days: Veterans’ Organizations: The distinct and even contrasting reasons why and how veterans’ organizations are formed.

November 14: Veterans Days: Miyoko Hikiji: The series concludes with the inspiring veteran and book that importantly complicated and expand our narratives of this community.

November 15-16: Crowd-sourced Veterans Days: Responses and contributions to the week’s series 
from fellow AmericanStudiers.

November 17: American Drama: Provincetown and Trifles: A series AmericanStudying dramatic 
works starts with the community and play that changed the game.

November 18: American Drama: Hansberry’s Husband and Wife: The series continues with the flawed, frustrating, and crucial couple at the heart of a classic play.

November 19: American Drama: Wilson’s Ambition: Ambition, success and failure, and August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, as the series rolls on.

November 20: American Drama: Angels in America and Rent: Two 1990s theatrical works and how our cultural conversations about controversial issues and histories evolve.

November 21: American Drama: Depression Drama and Odets: The series concludes with contrasting and complementary activist dramas during a dark time.

November 22-23: American Drama: Five More: But wait—five more playwrights and plays that deserve their own posts (and hopefully will get them someday)!

November 24: 21st Century Thanks: Twitter: A Thanksgiving series on 21st century gratitudes starts with three things that the social media site does very well.

November 25: 21st Century Thanks: Facebook: The series continues with why I’m thankful for the social media giant despite its frustrations.

November 26: 21st Century Thanks: Email: Obsessing over, historically contextualizing, and expressing gratitude for this new form of communication, as the series rolls on.

November 27: 21st Century Thanks: FaceTime: On Thanksgiving, a quick post on why I’m so thankful for a way to keep in touch with my boys from afar—happy holiday!

November 28: 21st Century Thanks: E-Colleagues: The series concludes with five colleagues I haven’t gotten to meet in person yet—but to whom I still feel connected thanks to the 21st century!

Next series starts Monday,
Ben


PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!

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