Saturday, July 28, 2018
July 28-29, 2018: July 2018 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
July 2: The 4th in Focus: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”: A July 4th series starts with the stunning speech that challenges us as much today as it did 150 years ago.
July 3: The 4th in Focus: Born on the 4th of July: The series continues with three evolutions of a classic patriotic phrase.
July 4: The 4th in Focus: Fireworks: The history, symbolism, and limits of an American tradition, as the series booms on.
July 5: The 4th in Focus: “Speaking of Courage”: The July 4th setting and climax of one of my favorite American short stories.
July 6: The 4th in Focus: “Sandy (4th of July, Asbury Park)”: The series concludes with how Bruce captured the more intimate sides of Independence Day.
July 7-8: The 4th in Focus: 2018 Critical Patriotism: A special weekend post on necessary 2018 pessimism and how to push beyond it.
July 9: Representing Race: Jungle Fever and Mississippi Masala: A series on cultural representations of race starts with two sweltering interracial romances that work well in combination.
July 10: Representing Race: Borderlands/La Frontera: The series continues with the tough but vital book that represents an ambiguous, crucial American space.
July 11: Representing Race: To Kill a Mockingbird: On the anniversary of its publication, what Harper Lee’s classic novel fails to do, and where it succeeds.
July 12: Representing Race: Rap Representations: The distinct but complementary visions of race and America in three rap songs, as the series rolls on.
July 13: Representing Race: Seven Seconds: Two ways that the flawed but compelling Netflix show challenges our conversations about race.
July 14-15: Representing Race: Mystery Fiction: The series concludes with a groundbreaking mystery pioneer and the contemporary author extending his legacy.
July 16: KennedyStudying: To the Moon, America: A series on the Kennedy family starts with the Cold War limits yet compelling possibilities of JFK’s “moon shot” speech.
July 17: KennedyStudying: 1963: The series continues with the bitter divisions that preceded, and perhaps contributed to, a tragic day.
July 18: KennedyStudying: Chappaquiddick: Taking the long view, recognizing its limits, and striving for a balance, as the series rolls on.
July 19: KennedyStudying: Conspiracy Theories: Two ways to AmericanStudy the one political assassination we can’t quite seem to accept.
July 20: KennedyStudying: The Loss of Bobby: The series concludes with the possibilities of a Bobby Kennedy presidency and what was lost with his assassination.
July 21-22: KennedyStudying: Historical Films: A special weekend post on how three wildly distinct historical films portray the Kennedy’s.
July 23: Folk Music Studying: “This Land is Your Land”: A folk music series starts with my nominee for a new national anthem.
July 24: Folk Music Studying: Joan Baez and Janis Joplin: The series continues with two alternate visions of the counter-culture and what links them.
July 25: Folk Music Studying: Dylan Plugs In: The limits of the concept of the “counter-culture” and its AmericanStudies benefits nonetheless, as the series (folk) rocks on.
July 26: Folk Music Studying: “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”: The simple and vital song that captures the essence of political music and activist art.
July 27: Folk Music Studying: 21st Century Folk: The series concludes with three artists/groups that are extending the folk legacy into our own moment.
Next series begins Monday,
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