April 1: Baseball in America: Symbolism: An Opening Day series starts with the symbolic cultural uses to which we have put the national pastime.
April 2: Baseball in America: The Black Sox: The series continues with three different ways to AmericanStudy baseball’s most famous scandal.
April 3: Baseball in America: Ruth and Gehrig: Two iconic baseball stars and the distinct national ideals to which they connect, as the series rolls on.
April 4: Baseball in America: International Arrivals: Two recent communities of international major leaguers, and the immigration histories they can help us remember.
April 5: Baseball in America: Nine Inspiring Innings: The series concludes with the baseball book that serves as a model of public scholarly writing and analysis.
April 6-7: The Crowd-sourced World Series: Fellow AmericanStudiers chime in on the baseball series.
April 8: Taxes in America: The Stamp Act: A Tax Day-inspired series starts with the Revolutionary controversy that originated many of our national narratives about taxes.
April 9: Taxes in America: The Whiskey Rebellion: The series continues with the complex Early Republic conflict that reflected some of our deepest debates and divisions.
April 10: Taxes in America: Lincoln and Taxes: On the largely unknown and significant Civil War origins of the income tax, as the series rolls on.
April 11: Taxes in America: The Populists and Taxes: What we can take away from the Populist Party’s influential support for a progressive income tax.
April 12: Taxes in America: The Big Question: The week’s series concludes with three different AmericanStudies answers to the big question about taxes in 21st century America.
April 13-14: Taxes in America: The Cost: But wait—a special weekend post to round out the tax series, this one on what The Wire reveals about the cost of our current attitudes toward taxation.
April 15: Comic Book Heroes: Dick Tracy: A series on AmericanStudying comic book heroes starts with a couple key contexts for one of the first such heroes.
April 16: Comic Book Heroes: Superman and Batman: The series continues with two contrasts between our two most iconic superheroes.
April 17: Comic Book Heroes: Wonder Woman: The many American layers to the creation and development of our first female superhero, as the series rolls on.
April 18: Comic Book Heroes: Black Panther: Black Power, race in popular and American culture, and the first prominent black superhero.
April 19: Comic Book Heroes: The Punisher: The series concludes with the myths and limits of vigilante justice in American culture and history.
April 20-21: Crowd-sourced Comic Books: Lots of great thoughts, responses, and links on the week’s topics and themes, as shared by fellow AmericanStudies heroes!
April 22: Reading Du Bois, Part One: A series on my favorite American, and the subject of a special class I’m teaching this fall, starts with the one Du Bois book all Americans should read.
April 23: Reading Du Bois, Part Two: The series continues with Du Bois’s flawed but significant first novel.
April 24: Reading Du Bois, Part Three: The work that redefined an entire profession, and then went even further, as the series rolls on.
April 25: Reading Du Bois, Part Four: Three distinct and impressive sides to Du Bois’s lifelong journalistic work.
April 26: Reading Du Bois, Part Five: My part of the series concludes with three inspiring Du Bois letters.
April 27-28: Roopika Risam’s Guest Post: Rounding out the series with a guest post from one of our most talented Du Bois scholars.
April 29: Communism in America: “The Palace-Burner”: A May Day inspired series starts with a post on empathy, us vs. them narratives, and one of my favorite American poems.
Next post on Communism in America tomorrow,
BenPS. Topics you’d like to see covered on the blog? Guest Posts you’d like to write?