[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
May 29-30: Sarah Satkowski’s Guest Post on T.C. Boyle: My second great May Guest Post from a student in Robin Field’s Immigration Fiction class at King’s College!
May 31: Remembering Memorial Day: My annual Memorial Day post on what we don’t remember about Memorial Day, and why we should.
June 1: Decoration Day Histories: Frederick Douglass: A Decoration Day series kicks off with one of the great American speeches.
June 2: Decoration Day Histories: Roger Pryor: The series continues with the invitation and speech that mark two shifts in American attitudes.
June 3: Decoration Day Histories: “Rodman the Keeper”: A short story that helps us remember a community for whom the holiday’s meanings didn’t shift, as the series commemorates on.
June 4: Decoration Day Histories: So What?: The series concludes with three reasons to remember Decoration Day alongside Memorial Day.
June 5-6: A Memorial Day Tribute: A special weekend post on the fallen soldiers and veterans’ communities whom we should also better remember.
June 7: Basketball Stories: James Naismith: A series for the NBA’s 75th birthday kicks off with three interesting contexts for the sport’s inventor.
June 8: Basketball Stories: Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell: The series continues with a clear distinction between two iconic greats—and why it’s not quite so clear.
June 9: Basketball Stories: Magic Johnson: Genuine high and low points for the legendary Lakers star, and what they both exemplify, as the series dribbles on.
June 10: Basketball Stories: MJ or LeBron—or Kareem?: Two layers to the GOAT debate, and the player I’d nominate instead.
June 11: Basketball Stories: WNBA Stars: The series concludes with five WNBA stars who help us remember the league’s past and present.
June 12-13: Crowd-sourced Basketball Stories: My latest crowd-sourced post, featuring thoughts from and tributes to fellow BasketballStudiers.
June 14: American Whistleblowers: Daniel Ellsberg: A series for the Pentagon Papers’ 50th anniversary kicks off with three stages in a lifelong fight for transparency and truth.
June 15: American Whistleblowers: Karen Silkwood: The whistleblower series continues with two well-known sides to Silkwood’s story, and one that needs more attention.
June 16: American Whistleblowers: Jeffrey Wigand: Two things Michael Mann’s movie gets right about Wigand, and one layer it’s important to add.
June 17: American Whistleblowers: Edward Snowden: Historical parallels to the 21st century whistleblower’s contradictions, and how to reconcile them.
June 18: American Whistleblowers: Chelsea Manning: The particularly fraught and vital role of wartime whistleblowers, as the series rolls on.
June 19-20: American Whistleblowers: Alexander Vindman: The series concludes with the opening paragraphs of my new book, on a critical patriotic contemporary whistleblower.
June 21: Vaccine Studying: Smallpox: For the 300th anniversary of Zabdiel Boylston’s first smallpox inoculations, three figures who deserve memory beyond the Boston doctor.
June 22: Vaccine Studying: John Franklin Enders: The series continues with two types of challenging collective histories we can better remember through the “Father of Modern Vaccines.”
June 23: Vaccine Studying: Polio: Three ways to engage more fully with the complex histories of the polio vaccine, as the series jabs on.
June 24: Vaccine Studying: The Measles: Three telling stages in the history of a frustratingly persistent disease.
June 25: Vaccine Studying: Covid-19: The series concludes with my shortest and most pointed post ever.
4th of July book series starts Monday,
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