[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
October 1-2: Kelly Marino’s Guest Post on The “American Queen”: “Sweetheart” Bracelets, Jewelry Trends, and the World Wars: Another great month of Guest Posts was kicked off with Kelly Marino on material culture, identity, and American history!
October 3: Bad Presidents: James Buchanan: For Rutherford B. Hayes’ birthday, a series on bad presidents kicks off with the bad one who helps us resist narratives of inevitability.
October 4: Bad Presidents: Rutherford B. Hayes: The series continues with the birthday boy and why the election of 1876 was just the tip of the badness iceberg.
October 5: Bad Presidents: William McKinley: Two reasons why I can’t entirely mourn our third assassinated president, as the series rolls on.
October 6: Bad Presidents: Calvin Coolidge: How a pre-presidency moment foreshadows the worst of a 1920s administration.
October 7: Bad Presidents: Gerald Ford: The series concludes with a presidential and legal decision that set a very bad precedent indeed.
October 8: Bad Presidents: Donald Trump: But you didn’t think I could AmericanStudy bad presidents without some thoughts on our most recent and most bad bad president yet, did you?
October 8-9: Anita Siraki’s Guest Post on Interview with the Vampire: Another great Guest Post, this time Anita Siraki on the new adaptation of Anne Rice’s vampire stories!
October 10: RunningStudying: Ragged Mountain Running: A series on running kicks off with a childhood influence who exemplifies the best of running and community.
October 11: RunningStudying: The Boston Marathon: The series continues with three layers to the story of the first (1897) Boston Marathon.
October 12: RunningStudying: Prefontaine on Film: A telling storytelling difference between the two late 90s Prefontaine films, as the series strides on.
October 13: RunningStudying: FloJo and JJK: Two interesting AmericanStudies contexts for a pair of interconnected all-time greats.
October 14: RunningStudying: Three Current Runners: The series concludes with AmericanStudies takeaways from three 21st century athletes.
October 15-16: RunningStudying: Aidan Railton’s Guest Post on Strava: Definitely my favorite Guest Post yet, Aidan Railton on what social media has meant to his running career!
October 17: HUAC Histories: Three Precursors: For the 75th anniversary of the first HUAC trials, a series on the controversial committee begins with three precursors to its work.
October 18: HUAC Histories: The Blacklist: The series continues with three stages to HUAC’s divisive and destructive attacks on cultural figures.
October 19: HUAC Histories: Chambers, White, and Hiss: Espionage, railroading, and the true complexity of historical nuance, as the series rolls on.
October 20: HUAC Histories: McCarthy and Mythic Patriotism: An excerpt from my most recent book that highlights the mythic patriotism of Joseph McCarthy.
October 21: HUAC Histories: The Final Years: The series concludes with a few telling histories to the committee’s often-forgotten final couple decades.
October 22-23: HUAC and McCarthyism in Pop Culture: A special weekend post on two novels and four films that represent different sides to these fraught histories.
October 24: PBS People: Fred Rogers: A series on PBS people for Bob Ross’ 80th birthday starts with why niceness and activism aren’t incompatible, and when niceness isn’t nearly enough.
October 25: PBS People: Jim Henson: The series continues with why it’s absolutely right, and not nearly enough, to connect the groundbreaking puppeteer to PBS.
October 26: PBS People: LeVar Burton: Why the host of an iconic PBS show was as important as the content, as the series educates on.
October 27: PBS People: NewsHour Hosts: AmericanStudies takeaways from two pairs of hosts for the long-running news program.
October 28: PBS People: Bob Ross: The series concludes with two influences on and one legacy of the artistic icon on his 80th birthday.
Halloween series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!