[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
April 29: Rodney King in Context: Rodney King: On the anniversary of the King verdict, a series on related histories begins with King himself beyond the stereotypical soundbites.
April 30: Rodney King in Context: The LAPD: The series continues with two mid-20th century riots that together anticipated the King story.
May 1: Rodney King in Context: Korean American Businesses: An ethnic and communal space that was complicatedly pulled into the King riots, as the series rolls on.
May 2: Rodney King in Context: Anna Deavere Smith’s Dramas: Two one-woman shows that are as evocative and historically informative on the page as on the stage.
May 3: Rodney King in Context: The People vs. O.J. Simpson: The problems and possibilities of shoehorning historical footage into historical fictions.
May 4-5: Rodney King in Context: “Race Riots”: The series concludes with the need to remember specific riots while pushing back on the whole phrase and concept.
May 6: Travel Writing: Good Newes from New England: A travel writing series kicks off with what separates and links colonial propaganda from travel literature.
May 7: Travel Writing: Sarah Kemble Knight: The series continues with what a unique 18th century travel narrative helps us understand about the period.
May 8: Travel Writing: Thoreau’s Cape Cod: Two complementary reasons to read Thoreau’s often overlooked travel book, as the series journeys on.
May 9: Travel Writing: The Boston Cosmopolitans: Two positive American effects of an elite community’s international travels.
May 10: Travel Writing: Exiles’ Returns: The series concludes with the promise and perils of returning home after many years away.
May 11-12: “I Stand Here Ironing” and the Challenges of Motherhood: A special Mother’s Day post on a short story that helps us remember and celebrate one of society’s toughest and most vital roles.
May 13: Spring Semester Reflections: Hurston and Beyoncé in 20C Af Am Lit: A Spring recap series kicks off with a pairing that helped me add African American women’s voices into my class more fully.
May 14: Spring Semester Reflections: Espada and Cisneros in Ethnic American Lit: The series continues with two distinct but complementary ways to challenge exclusionary propaganda.
May 15: Spring Semester Reflections: Chopin and Far in American Lit II: The delightful surprises that come from juxtaposing texts, as the series rolls on.
May 16: Spring Semester Reflections: Celeste Ng in Capstone: How a class full of readers and writers can offer distinct and valuable takes on a familiar text.
May 17: Spring Semester Reflections: Short Stories in my Adult Learning Class: The recap series concludes with three of the wonderful stories highlighted in my ALFA course.
May 18-19: Summer and Fall Book Plans: A special post on my plans and goals for my forthcoming book (now due out a full month earlier, on July 15!).
May 20: As American as Blue Jeans: Levi Strauss: On the anniversary of their patent, a blue jeans studying series kicks off with three exemplary American sides to their co-inventor.
May 21: As American as Blue Jeans: Cowboys: The series continues with myths, realities, and an iconic American type.
May 22: As American as Blue Jeans: James Dean: How blue jeans do and don’t help us remember the iconic actor, as the series rolls on.
May 23: As American as Blue Jeans: Jean Jackets: Three famous denim jackets that embody three recent eras.
May 24: As American as Blue Jeans: Advertisements, Then and Now: The series concludes with what two older and two contemporary ads tell us about continuities and changes over time.
May 25-27: Remembering Memorial Day: My annual Memorial Day special post, on why and how to remember the holiday’s origins and meanings more fully.
May 28: Decoration Day Histories: Frederick Douglass: A Decoration Day series kicks off with Douglass’s stirring 1871 speech.
May 29: Decoration Day Histories: Roger Pryor: The series continues with an invitation and shift that mark two troubling changes in American attitudes.
May 30: Decoration Day Histories: “Rodman the Keeper”: A local color short story that helps us remember a community for whom the holiday didn’t change, as the series rolls on.
May 31: Decoration Day Histories: So What?: The series concludes with three ways to argue for remembering Decoration Day as well as Memorial Day.
Next series starts Monday,
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