[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
November 1: Action Figures: John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart: A series inspired by Charles Bronson’s 100th birthday kicks off with the film that complicates two Hollywood lives and legacies.
November 2: Action Figures: Gordon Parks and Shaft: The series continues with how one of our greatest artists helps us analyze the problems and possibilities of Blaxsploitation.
November 3: Action Figures: Charles Bronson and Death Wish: On Bronson’s birthday, one famous contemporary legacy of his watershed role, and a surprising 21st century echo.
November 4: Action Figures: Arnie and Sly: What differentiated the 80s action superstars and one important parallel, the series shoots on.
November 5: Action Figures: Black Widow: The series concludes with how the recent Marvel film echoes yet also revises a frustrating longstanding action trope.
November 6-7: Crowd-sourced Action Figures: The latest installment of one of my favorite parts of the blog, crowd-sourced weekend posts!
November 8-12: 11 Years of AmericanStudying!: Speaking of favorite parts of blogging, another is thinking about all that’s been part of this space over its now 11+ years!
November 13-14: 11th Anniversary Tributes: And even better than that is paying tribute to the folks who have inspired my work here, like the four family members I highlighted in this post.
November 15: The Montgomery Bus Boycott: The Women Who Began It: A series on an important 65th anniversary kicks off with the Montgomery women & activism that truly launched the boycott.
November 16: The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Rosa Parks: The series continues with the many layers to Parks before, during, and after the boycott.
November 17: The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Three More Key Figures: A trio of vital bus boycott figures beyond Parks and MLK, as the series marches on.
November 18: The Montgomery Bus Boycott: King’s Book: A specific and an overarching significance to MLK’s first book, a history of the boycott.
November 19: The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Aftermaths: The series concludes with important victories, and horrific backlash, and the importance of remembering both.
November 20-21: The Montgomery Bus Boycott: 21st Century Legacies and Echoes: A special weekend post on three lessons from Montgomery for our own moment.
November 22-26: Indigenous Voices for the Harvest Festival’s 400th Anniversary: For the 400th anniversary of “the First Thanksgiving,” a special post highlighting Wampanoag & indigenous voices & communities we should all listen to, this year more than ever.
Guest Post later today,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!