[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
May 30: Better Remembering Memorial Day: A Memorial Day series kicks off with my annual post on how to better remember and celebrate this American holiday.
May 31: Decoration Day Histories: Douglass: The series shifts to remembering Decoration Day with a post on one of the great American speeches and why we must remember it today.
June 1: Decoration Day Histories: Roger Pryor: The invitation and speech that mark two shifts in American attitudes, as the series rolls on.
June 2: Decoration Day Histories: Rodman the Keeper: The text that helps us remember a community for whom Decoration Day’s meanings didn’t shift.
June 3: Decoration Day Histories: So What?: The series concludes with three ways to argue for remembering Decoration Day alongside Memorial Day.
June 4-5: The 1876 Election and 2016: A special post on what a controversial and destructive election can help us understand, and perhaps prevent, about our upcoming one.
June 6: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Lahiri’s In Other Words: My annual Beach Reads series starts with a memoir I’m mostly—but not entirely—excited to read.
June 7: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Coates’ Black Panther: The series continues with the comic book that’s bringing me back to the genre after decades away.
June 8: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Erdrich’s LaRose: The difficulties of breaking teaching and reading habits and a book that could help me do so, as the series rolls on.
June 9: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds: A poetry collection you should pack right next to that page-turning thriller in your beach bag.
June 10: AmericanStudies Beach Reads: Cultural Memoirs: The series continues with three contemporary memoirs of race and heritage.
June 11-12: Crowd-sourced Beach Reads: As always, the crowd-sourced Beach Reads post brought out many wonderful suggestions—add yours in comments!
June 13: ApologyStudying: Lessons from Canada: A series on historical apologies starts with one key difference between the U.S. and our northern neighbor.
June 14: ApologyStudying: Japanese Internment: The series continues with two things the internment apology got right and one place where it came up short.
June 15: ApologyStudying: Apologies to Native Americans: Two official apologies to Native Americans and the distance we have yet to go, as the series rolls on.
June 16: ApologyStudying: The Chinese Exclusion Act: What it means to apologize for something we don’t remember well, and how one might affect the other.
June 17: ApologyStudying: The Reparations Debate: The series concludes with the elephant in the ApologyStudying room and how the week’s other topics might affect it.
June 18-19: ApologyStudying: Apologizing for America?: A special weekend post that combines a few further thoughts of mine with some responses from fellow ApologyStudiers.
June 20: SummerStudying: The Fresh Prince and “Summertime”: A series on summer texts and contexts starts with two ways to AmericanStudy the Fresh Prince.
June 21: SummerStudying: Nostalgia and “The Boys of Summer”: The series continues with the limitations of nostalgia and why it’s a vital perspective nonetheless.
June 22: SummerStudying: Irony and “Summertime Sadness”: The artistic and humans roles and meanings of irony, as the series rolls on.
June 23: SummerStudying: Utopias and the Summer of Love: How two historical utopias can help us better understand the 1960s social experiment.
June 24: SummerStudying: Kids and “Summertime Blues”: The series concludes with what a summer classic reveals about the voices of youth.
June 25-26: Crowd-sourced SummerStudying: Another great crowd-sourced post, full of responses and nominations from fellow SummerStudiers—add yours in comments!
June 27: Gone with the Wind Turns 80: Racist Classics: A series on the novel’s 80th birthday starts with whether and how to view and re-view racist classics.
June 28: Gone with the Wind Turns 80: Hattie McDaniel: The series continues with the limits and power of the actress’s Academy Award-winning performance as a slave.
June 29: Gone with the Wind Turns 80: The Plantation Tradition: One important, if ironic, way that Mitchell’s did revise historical propaganda, as the series rolls on.
June 30: Gone with the Wind Turns 80: Revisiting Rhett Butler: Why I’d still critique Mitchell’s romantic hero, and a side of him I’ve come to better appreciate.
July 1: Gone with the Wind Turns 80: The Worst and Best of Popularity: The series concludes with the problems and possibilities presented by troubling popular art.
Next series starts Monday,
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