[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
March 5: Boston Massacre Studying: Soldiers in the City: On the anniversary of the Boston Massacre, a series starts with two ways to contextualize the dynamic that precipitated the event.
March 6: Boston Massacre Studying: Crispus Attucks: The series continues with adding layers to collective memories, and what we do when we can’t know for sure.
March 7: Boston Massacre Studying: John Adams: A Founding Father’s frustrating role in the massacre’s aftermath, and why it still matters.
March 8: Boston Massacre Studying: Christopher Monk: The massacre’s sixth casualty and the vagaries of historical memory, as the series rolls on.
March 9: Boston Massacre Studying: Collective Memory Media: The series concludes with three forms of media that have contributed to our collective memories of the massacre.
March 10-11: Boston Massacre Studying: My Sons’ Thoughts: One of my favorite Guest Posts ever, featuring thoughts from my sons’ experiences learning about the massacre!
March 12-18: Spring Break: It wasn’t really Spring, but the blog took a break nonetheless—and asked for your ideas, which you can still share in comments!
March 19: Black Panther Studying: The Original Comic: A series on the blockbuster film starts with the 1960s comic and Black Power.
March 20: Black Panther Studying: Erik Killmonger: The series continues with the fascinating debates over the film’s most American character.
March 21: Black Panther Studying: Everett Ross: The film’s unfortunate change to a longstanding comic character, and his important role nonetheless.
March 22: Black Panther Studying: Gender and Violence: Two distinct but interconnected associations of gender and violence in the film, as the series rolls on.
March 23: Black Panther Studying: Liberia, Garvey, and Wakanda: The series concludes with historical and cinematic American visions of Africa.
March 24-25: Black Panther Studying: Ryan Coogler’s Films: A special weekend post on three choices that emblematize filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s unique and vital American voice.
March 26: Baseball Stories: Play for a Kingdom: An Opening Day series starts with baseball, America, and the Civil War.
March 27: Baseball Stories: The Given Day: The series continues with Babe Ruth, symbolism, and race in America.
March 28: Baseball Stories: Field of Dreams and The Brothers K: Whether baseball can help heal generational divides, as the series rolls on.
March 29: Baseball Stories: South Street: Pessimism, optimism, realism, and baseball in David Bradley’s tragicomic novel.
March 30: Baseball Stories: Boston Strong: The series concludes with the communal roles, and limits, of sports in the aftermath of tragedy.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!