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Saturday, March 4, 2023

March 4-5, 2023: February 2023 Recap

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

February 6: Football Figures: Pudge Heffelfinger: For this year’s Super Bowl series I focused on football figures, starting with the first professional footballer.

February 7: Football Figures: Jim Brown and Barry Sanders: The series continues with the parallel yet very distinct ways two greats left the game, and the American resonance of each.

February 8: Football Figures: Texas: A few different ways to AmericanStudy football’s prime place in the Lone Star State, as the series rushes on.

February 9: Football Figures: Andrew Luck: In the aftermath of a wonderful ESPN deep-dive article, highlighting a specific and a broader way to contextualize a shocking retirement.

February 10: Football Figures: Michael Sam and Carl Nassib: The series concludes with a striking and significant shift, and why there’s much more work to do.

February 11-12: Football (and Sports) Studiers: A Super Bowl weekend special post, highlighting a handful of the many great sports scholars out there—add more in comments, please!

February 13: Songs I Love: “Soul Days”: For this year’s Valentine’s series I went with recent songs I love, starting with Bruce getting soulful on his new album of covers.

February 14: Songs I Love: “Before You”: The series continues with an extra-sappy Valentine’s love song (from my sons’ favorite current artist!).

February 15: Songs I Love: “Quiet Town”: My favorite song from my favorite 21st century band, as the series rocks on.

February 16: Songs I Love: “The Barka-Darling River”: Three particularly great lines from one of the most pointed songs on a new Midnight Oil album full of them.

February 17: Songs I Love: “Pink Venom”: The series concludes with the silliest song of the week, an undeniable banger from Korean girl group BlackPink.

February 18-19: Hettie Williams’ Guest Post on Black Writers & AIDS: My next great Guest Post, Hettie Williams returning for a third awesome post!

February 20: Non-favorite Trends: Defunding Public Higher Ed: This year’s annual post-Valentine’s gripe-fest focused on non-favorite trends, starting with the defunding of institutions like mine.

February 21: Non-favorite Trends: Attacking Teachers & Librarians: The airing of grievances continues with legal and all too literal attacks on teachers and librarians.

February 22: Non-favorite Trends: Free Speech for Me: How “free speech” often seems to mean the exact opposite, as the series whines on.

February 23: Non-favorite Trends: Circular Firing Squads: The difference between debate and division, and why it matters a great deal.

February 24: Non-favorite Trends: Kids Today: The non-favorite trends conclude with a universal and understandable narrative, and why it’s never been more wrong.

February 25-26: Crowd-sourced Non-favorites: Another installment of my favorite crowd-sourced post of the year!

February 27: Temperance Milestones: 1623: For the 400th anniversary of America’s first temperance law, a series on the movement starts with lessons from that 1623 law.

February 28: Temperance Milestones: The Early Republic: The series continues with three milestone moments in the movement’s early 19th century evolutions.

March 1: Temperance Milestones: Three Reformers: Takeaways from a trio of reformers across the 19th century, as the series marches on.

March 2: Temperance Milestones: The Anti-Saloon League: One important innovation and one troubling interconnection for America’s most influential temperance organization.

March 3: Temperance Milestones: Prohibition: The series concludes with three great scholarly books that can help us analyze the many layers and legacies of the movement’s greatest success.

Next series starts Monday,


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