Saturday, September 2, 2017
September 2-3, 2017: August 2017 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
July 31: Troubled Children: The Menéndez Brothers: A Lizzie Borden-inspired series starts with two legacies to the sensational case beyond the televised trial.
August 1: Troubled Children: The Turn of the Screw: The series continues with two cultural fears lurking beneath Henry James’ ghost story.
August 2: Troubled Children: Dennis the Menace: Three telling contexts for a longstanding menace on the funny pages, as the series rolls on.
August 3: Troubled Children: Horror Films: How three horror films about demonic children embody their respective eras.
August 4: Troubled Children: Lizzie Borden: On the 125th anniversary of the murders, what we’ll never know about them and what they can help understand nevertheless.
August 5-6: Inspiring Children: The series concludes with three reasons why my sons are not at all troubling children!
August 7: AmericanStudying the Pacific: Guadalcanal: On the battle’s 75th anniversary, a Pacific-studying series kicks off with three texts to help us understand the lengthy campaign.
August 8: AmericanStudying the Pacific: Midway and The Thin Red Line: The series continues with clear and telling differences between two star-studded epic films.
August 9: AmericanStudying the Pacific: Model-making: What a childhood building models can help us understand about war, as the series rolls on.
August 10: AmericanStudying the Pacific: U.S.S. Midway Museum: Two different and even opposed roles served as San Diego’s unique military museum.
August 11: AmericanStudying the Pacific: Nagasaki: The series concludes with an all-too-timely piece on the dropping of the second nuclear bomb.
August 12: Birthday Bests: 2010-2011: 34 favorite posts from my blog’s first year!
August 13: Birthday Bests: 2011-2012: 35 favorites from year two!
August 14: Birthday Bests: 2012-2013: 36 favorites from year three!
August 15: Birthday Bests: 2013-2014: 37 favorites from year four!
August 16: Birthday Bests: 2014-2015: 38 favorites from year five!
August 17: Birthday Bests: 2015-2016: 39 favorites from year six!
August 18-20: Birthday Bests: 2016-2017: And for my 40th (!) birthday, 40 favorite posts from the most recent, seventh year of AmericanStudies!
August 21: Famous Virginians: Arthur Ashe: A Virginia series starts with three ways the state’s African American community contributed to the development of the legendary athlete.
August 22: Famous Virginians: Willa Cather: The series continues with way it mattered when the famous author finally returned to Virginia.
August 23: Famous Virginians: Ella Fitzgerald: Three songs that help trace the career of the First Lady of Song, as the series rocks on.
August 24: Famous Virginians: George C. Scott: Three defining military roles for the legendary film and stage actor.
August 25: Famous Virginians: S.R. Siddarth: The series concludes with a recent political moment that embodies the battle between exclusion and inclusion.
August 26-27: #NoConfederateSyllabus: A special post highlighting the work Matthew Teutsch and I have done to start #NoConfederateSyllabus—your suggestions and additions needed and appreciated!
August 28: American Labor: Melville and The Lowell Offering: A Labor Day series starts with two distinct but complementary ways to give voice to working women.
August 29: American Labor: Life in the Iron Mills: The series continues with the striking novella that asks us to empathize with some of our worst labor conditions.
August 30: American Labor: “The Tenth of January”: A short story that combines genres to become something much more, as the series rolls on.
August 31: American Labor: The Haymarket Affair: 19th century European revolutions and a controversial moment in American labor history.
September 1: American Labor: The Triangle Fire: The series concludes with legacies and memories of the tragic industrial accident.
Next series starts Monday,
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