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Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 28-29, 2015: November 2015 Recap



[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
November 2: Dead Presidents: Warren G. Harding: A series inspired by Harding’s birthday kicks off with what do and don’t know about the mysterious life and death of a president.
November 3: Dead Presidents: William Henry Harrison: The series continues with what may have been lost, and what definitely was, in the most striking presidential death.
November 4: Dead Presidents: James Garfield: How the second-shortest presidential term was still an impressive and influential one, as the series rolls on.
November 5: Dead Presidents: William McKinley: Two reasons why I can’t mourn the loss of the McKinley presidency, despite his tragic assassination.
November 6: Dead Presidents: FDR: The series concludes with public perceptions, private realities, and the influential health of a president.
November 7-8: Five Years!: In honor of my five year blogiversary, I highlight five blogs and bloggers that have been inspiring and important to my own work.
November 9: American Inventors: Franklin and Jefferson: A series inspired by Robert Fulton’s birthday kicks off with a telling invention linked to each of the two founders, and what separates them.
November 10: American Inventors: Eli Whitney’s Effects: The series continues with the famous inventor’s more and less well-known effects, and what they have in common.
November 11: American Inventors: Bell and Edison: Heroes, villains, and another way to see the historical picture, as the series rolls on.
November 12: American Inventors: Boykin and Graham: Two largely forgotten, inspiring and influential inventors, and what links them.
November 13: American Inventors: Steamboat Culture: The series concludes with five cultural texts that make good use of the birthday boy’s inventive innovation.
November 14-15: Crowd-sourced Inventors and Inventions: A busy travel schedule meant I didn’t get to solicit many contributions to this post—so be sure to add yours in comments, please!
November 16: SHA Follow Ups: Our Panel on the KKK: A series following up the Southern Historical Association conference in Little Rock starts with a few takeaways from the panel on which I presented.
November 17: SHA Follow Ups: Special Sessions: The series continues with highlights from the conference’s provocative and complementary special sessions.
November 18: SHA Follow Ups: Panels: Takeaways from a few of the many great SHA panels I attended, as the series rolls on.
November 19: SHA Follow Ups: Books: Five new releases from UNC Press that illustrate the wealth of great scholarship featured at the SHA book exhibit.
November 20: SHA Follow Ups: Little Rock and Race: The series concludes with three layers to how the city remembers race, and the fragile significance of the third.
November 21-22: The Upcoming NeMLA Conference: Speaking of conferences, here’s a sneak peak of my forthcoming President’s Letter about the March 2016 NeMLA Conference in Hartford!
November 23: Cultural Thanks-givings: Longmire: A series on current cultural texts for which I’m thankful kicks off with the TV show that’s both traditional and groundbreaking.
November 24: Cultural Thanks-givings: Grace and Frankie: The series continues with two ways the Netflix sitcom pushes our cultural boundaries, and one way it happily does not.
November 25: Cultural Thanks-givings: Americanah: Two of the many reasons why I’d call Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel one of the 21st century’s best, as the series rolls on.
November 26: Cultural Thanks-givings: Macklemore: Two complementary songs that illustrate why I’m thankful for Macklemore’s engagements with American identity.
November 27: Cultural Thanks-givings: Allegiance and Hamilton: The series concludes with what links and what differentiates two important new musicals.
Next series starts Monday,
Ben
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to write? Lemme know!

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