[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
June 4: McCarthyism Contexts: The Palmer Raids: A McCarthyism series starts with the WWI raids that foreshadowed McCarthy’s excesses.
June 5: McCarthyism Contexts: Roy Cohn: The series continues with the figure who embodies McCarthyism’s hypocrisies—and something more.
June 6: McCarthyism Contexts: McCarthy’s Lies and Rise: Three telling falsehoods that foreshadowed McCarthy’s public role, as the series rolls on.
June 7: McCarthyism Contexts: Edward R. Murrow: The special report that helped begin McCarthy’s fall, and the response that only hastened it further.
June 8: McCarthyism Contexts: The Crucible and The Front: The series concludes with an allegorical and a literal cultural response to McCarthyism.
June 9-10: McCarthyism Contexts: The Beginning of the End: A special post on the anniversary of Joseph Welch’s famous question about McCarthy’s decency.
June 11: The Supreme Court and Progress: Worcester v. Georgia: For the week of #LovingDay, a Supreme Court series starts with the decision that couldn’t stop a tragedy but did make history.
June 12: The Supreme Court and Progress: Loving v. Virginia: The series continues with two underremembered contexts for the historic 1967 decision.
June 13: The Supreme Court and Progress: United States v. Wong Kim Ark: One positive and one negative side to two historic 1890s decisions, as the series rules on.
June 14: The Supreme Court and Progress: Brown v. Board of Education: The forgotten figures at the heart of one of our most crucial decisions.
June 15: The Supreme Court and Progress: Lawrence v. Texas: The series concludes with two historical contexts for a shockingly recent case.
June 16-17: The Courts and Progress in 2018: A special, now frustratingly relevant weekend post on the courts and progress in our own moment.
June 18: Beach Reads: The Hardy Boys: A summer reading series starts with one of the books that powerfully sparked my young imagination.
June 19: Beach Reads: John Bellairs: The series continues with the author and book that helped push me out of my comfort zone.
June 20: Beach Reads: Trout Fishing in America: A book that greatly expanded my sense of what literature can be and so, as the series reads on.
June 21: Beach Reads: The Kingdom of Matthias: The book that helped open my eyes to a career opportunity and disciplinary path.
June 22: Beach Reads: The Day of the Locust: The series concludes with a book that reminds me of how far I still have to go.
June 23-24: Crowd-sourced Beach Reads: One of my favorite crowd-sourced beach reads of the year, featuring tons of suggestions from fellow BeachReadStudiers—add yours in comments, please!
June 25: Summer Class Readings: “The Tenth of January”: A series following up my summer teaching starts with Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’ genre-bending short story.
June 26: Summer Class Readings: “Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100”: The series continues with Martín Espada’s controversial and crucial poem about work and war.
June 27: Summer Class Readings: “Of the Passing of the First-born”: The most painful, difficult and powerful chapter of W.E.B. Du Bois’s American classic, as the series rolls on.
June 28: Summer Class Readings: Love Medicine: Two complementary roles for the framing chapters of Louise Erdrich’s wonderful short story cycle.
June 29: Summer Class Readings: The Book of Salt: The series concludes with Monique Truong’s wonderful historical novel.
Next series starts Monday,
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