Saturday, December 1, 2018
December 1-2, 2018: November 2018 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
November 5: Major Midterms: 1826: A midterm elections series kicks off with the single-party midterms that presaged an era of partisanship and conflict.
November 6: Major Midterms: 1858 (and 1859): The series continues with how Congressional elections can reflect and even amplify societal collapse.
November 7: Major Midterms: 1874: Extending our concept of historical turning points but resisting narratives of inevitability, as the series rolls on.
November 8: Major Midterms: 1930 and Huey Long: The illustrative and iconoclastic sides to a newly elected Senator.
November 9: Major Midterms: 1994: The series concludes with three ways the 1994 elections foreshadowed our 21st century moment.
November 10-11: Major Midterms: The 2018 Results: A special weekend post, quickly following up this year’s historical midterms.
November 12-18: Finally, a Book Update!: For my blog’s 8th anniversary, a long-overdue and very happy announcement about my forthcoming book, We the People: The 500-Year Battle over Who is an American!
November 19: GettysburgStudying: The Address: On the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a series kicks off with two compelling choices in Lincoln’s concise masterpiece.
November 20: GettysburgStudying: Joshua Chamberlain: The series continues with a vital historical turning point and the amazing story and man behind it.
November 21: GettysburgStudying: Longstreet and Lee: The distinctions between military and cultural history, and their connections, as the series rolls on.
November 22: GettysburgStudying: Board Games: Three board games through which I learned a lot about Gettsyburg and other war histories.
November 23: GettysburgStudying: Remember the Titans: The series concludes with the over-the-top sports movie scene that shouldn’t work but somehow still does.
November 24-25: Thanks Givings: A holiday special post on a handful of the things for which I’m most thankful this year!
November 26: In Love and War: Casablanca: On the anniversary of its premiere, a wartime romance series kicks off with two ways the iconic film resonates in the age of Trump.
November 27: In Love and War: The English Patient: The series continues with the limits and lessons of an anti-Casablanca story.
November 28: In Love and War: Gone with the Wind: Why I’d still critique Margaret Mitchell’s romantic hero, and a more interesting side to his character, as the series rolls on.
November 29: In Love and War: A Farewell to Arms: Two important elements beyond the autobiographical in Hemingway’s wartime romance.
November 30: In Love and War: Pearl Harbor: The series concludes with the uses and abuses of history in Michael Bay’s historical blockbuster.
Next series starts Monday,
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