Saturday, September 1, 2018
September 1-2, 2018: August 2018 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
July 30: 17th Century Histories: Bacon’s Rebellion: On the rebellion’s anniversary, a 17th century series kicks off with myths and realities of the famous uprising!
July 31: 17th Century Histories: Jamestown’s First Slaves: The series continues with what we’ve learned about this originating community, and the American lesson we can take from them.
August 1: 17th Century Histories: The Massacre at Mystic: Three texts that together help us remember one of early America’s darkest moments, as the series rolls on.
August 2: 17th Century Histories: New Amsterdam: Two ways the Dutch colonial city helps us rethink early american histories.
August 3: 17th Century Histories: Brothers Among Nations: The series concludes with historian Cynthia van Zandt’s different and more inspiring vision of the arrival and contact era.
August 4-5: Virginia Historic Sites: The first of two weekend posts, a link-tastic list of prior posts I’ve written on some of Virginia’s many wonderful sites.
August 4-5: Kathleen Morrissey’s Guest Post: The Bubbles and Borders that Limit Our Immigration Debates: And secondly, my most recent Guest Post, featuring the great Kathleen Morrissey on a rhetorical topic of vital contemporary interest.
August 6: Swimming Pool Studying: Gatsby’s Pool: A summer swimming series kicks off with the tragic dip that’s as difficult to pin down as the mysterious man who takes it.
August 7: Swimming Pool Studying: Weissmuller and Phelps: The series continues with the two Olympians whose divergent stories reveal a great deal about their respective eras.
August 8: Swimming Pool Studying: Cheever’s Swimmer: A pitch-perfect short story from one of the American masters of the form, as the series swims on.
August 9: Swimming Pool Studying: Fry’s Spring: Four exemplary stages of one of Charlottesville, Virginia’s most enduring sites.
August 10: Swimming Pool Studying: Canobie Lake Park: The series concludes (and expands a bit) with a few key stages in the history of a New England summer attraction.
August 11-12: Segregated Cville: For the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville’s Unite the Right rally and its aftermaths, highlighting one of my favorite pieces of writing from the last year.
August 13: Birthday Bests: 2010-2011: The birthday posts start with 34 favorite posts from the blog’s first year.
August 14: Birthday Bests: 2011-2012: 35 favorite posts from year two!
August 15: Birthday Bests: 2012-2013: 36 favorites from year three!
August 16: Birthday Bests: 2013-2014: 37 favorites from year four!
August 17: Birthday Bests: 2014-2015: 38 favorites from year five!
August 18: Birthday Bests: 2015-2016: 39 favories from year six!
August 19: Birthday Bests: 2016-2017: 40 favorites from year seven!
August 20: Birthday Bests: 2017-2018: And in my newest bday post, 41 favorites from my 8th year of blogging! Here’s to many more in year nine!
August 21: Contextualizing Cville: Dave Matthews: A post Cville vacation series starts with AmericanStudying a local and international music legend.
August 22: Contextualizing Cville: Carpetbaggers and Confederates: The series continues with nostalgia, fear, and the divisions that threaten Cville and the nation.
August 23: Contextualizing Cville: Mr. Jefferson’s University?: The instructive early struggles of an eduational pioneer, as the series rolls on.
August 24: Contextualizing Cville: Iron Crown Enterprises: The series concludes with the rise, fall, and enduring legacy of a Cville gaming company.
August 25-26: Contextualizing Cville: Cville a Year Later: For Cville’s 1-year anniversary, a few more reflections on where the city is a year later, and where we go from here.
August 27: SpeechStudying: “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”: A series on great American speeches starts with the stunning speech that challenges us just as much today as it did 150 years ago.
August 28: SpeechStudying: King’s “Dream” Speech: On its 55th anniversary, the series continues with two rhetorical strategies that make this speech an all-time great.
August 29: SpeechStudying: “Eulogy on King Philip”: Two models of critical patriotism in William Apess’s striking Early Republic speech, as the series rolls on.
August 30: SpeechStudying: Garnet’s “Address”: The contextual and contemporary importance of a radical antislavery speech.
August 31: SpeechStudying: Three Recent Speeches: The series concludes with recent and complementary speeches by Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Next series starts Monday,
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