[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
January 30: Women and Sports: Babe Didrikson Zaharias: A Super Bowl series kicks off with two ways to connect the pioneering athlete to legendary men, and one key way not to.
January 31: Women and Sports: Title IX: The series continues with two reasons why it’s wrong to limit Title IX to sports, and one way that focus can still be meaningful and helpful.
February 1: Women and Sports: The Williams Sisters: Two factors that have entirely changed my perspective on the tennis superstars, as the series rolls on.
February 2: Women and Sports: Soccer Stories: Two individual and one collective way to AmericanStudy our recent crop of soccer stars.
February 3: Women and Sports: Ronda Rousey: The series concludes with why I haven’t quite appreciated the MMA superstar, and how I’m trying to.
February 4-5: Women and Sports Links: Five links to keep the conversation going!
February 6: History for Kids: American Girl Dolls: A series in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s bday kicks off with the histories, stories, and effects of the popular dolls.
February 7: History for Kids: Little House on the Prairie: On Wilder’s 150th birthday, the series continues with a key difference between the show and novels, and why it matters.
February 8: History for Kids: Mike Mulligan and His America: How an AmericanStudies approach can help us dig into the many layers of a beloved children’s book, as the series rolls on.
February 9: History for Kids: Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker: More overt and more subtle lessons from a recent, brilliant young adult tale of supernatural horror.
February 10: History for Kids: School Projects: The series concludes with lessons from three wonderful elementary school Social Studies projects.
February 11-12: Crowd-sourced Kids’ Histories: Fellow AmericanStudiers share their responses to the week’s posts and other ideas for places and ways kids can learn history!
February 13: AmericanStudier Hearts Justified: Appalachian Action: A Valentine’s week love letter to Justified starts with how the show transcended its genre limits.
February 14: AmericanStudier Hearts Justified: Raylan and Boyd: The series continues with the downsides to loving charactesr, and why it’s still beneficial to do so.
February 15: AmericanStudier Hearts Justified: Mags and Ava: What links and differentiates two of the series’ most badass female characters, as the series rolls on.
February 16: AmericanStudier Hearts Justified: Limehouse and Noble’s: The potent lessons of the show’s most surprising community, and their limits.
February 17: AmericanStudier Hearts Justified: Justified and Deadwood: The series concludes with what links the two great shows, and what separates them.
February 18-19: Crowd-sourced JustifiedStudying: Responses and ideas from fellow impassioned JustifiedStudiers—add yours in comments, please!
February 20: Precedents Day: My annual Presidents Day post, on how to make the holiday into a more meaningful remembrance of such figures and of our histories.
February 21: AmericanStudying Non-Favorites: The Great Gatsby: The popular annual series starts with the limits of an unquestionably great novel, and how to complement them.
February 22: AmericanStudying Non-Favorites: The Sound of Music: The series continues with the problems with overly saccharine history, and how it can still punch Nazis in the face.
February 23: AmericanStudying Non-Favorites: The Goonies: What’s annoying about the kids’ classic 80s film, and what’s even more frustrating.
February 24: AmericanStudying Non-Favorites: Tom Brady: The series concludes with two ways I’d critique the all-time great quarterback.
February 25-26: Crowd-sourced Non-Favorites: One of my favorite posts of the year, as fellow AmericanStudiers air their grievances and gripes—you know you want to add yours in comments!
February 27: CubanAmericanStudying: José Martí: A series in honor of Desi Arnaz’s 100th birthday starts with the cross-cultural meanings of the legendary Cuban activist.
February 28: CubanAmericanStudying: The Mariel Boatlift: The series continues with three ways to contextualize the 1980 refugee crisis.
March 1: CubanAmericanStudying: Three Artists, Three Generations: Tracing Cuban American music and community across three famous artists, as the series rolls on.
March 2: CubanAmericanStudying: Desi Arnaz: How birthday boy Arnaz helps us remember a very different stage and side of the Cuban American experience.
March 3: CubanAmericanStudying: Rubio and Cruz: The series concludes with what distinguishes, and what links, the two contemporary Cuban American politicians.
Next series starts Monday,
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