[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
April 4: Tree Tales: The Giving Tree: A series for Arbor Day’s 150th anniversary starts with two ways to teach “one of the most divisive books in children’s literature.”
April 5: Tree Tales: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: The series continues with historical, cultural, and literary contexts for a beloved novel’s central symbol.
April 6: Tree Tales: The Learning Tree: Gordon Parks’ moving and important autobiographical novel and film, as the series grows on.
April 7: Tree Tales: Into the Woods: On the deep dark heart of fairy tales—and musicals?!
April 8: Tree Tales: The Overstory: The series concludes with the long legacy of cli fi, and a stunning recent novel that reveals the genre’s true potential.
April 9-10: Arbor Day Activists: A special weekend post on three historical figures who helped create the holiday we still celebrate.
April 11: Presidential Scandals: The Corrupt Bargain: For the 100th anniversary of Teapot Dome, a scandal-tastic series kicks off with a 19th century electoral controversy.
April 12: Presidential Scandals: Iran-Contra: The series continues with three foreign policy contexts for the 1980s scandal, and one crucial lingering question.
April 13: Presidential Scandals: Clinton and Lewinsky: How my perspective on the key questions about a 1990s scandal has evolved over time, as the series roils on.
April 14: Presidential Scandals: Teapot Dome: On Teapot Dome’s 100th, three figures at the heart of (at the time) the biggest presidential scandal in American history.
April 15: Presidential Scandals: Watergate: The series concludes with three pop culture representations of a generation-defining scandal.
April 18: Boston Marathon Studying: The First Marathon: A series for the Marathon’s 125th anniversary kicks off with three interesting layers to that 1897 first race.
April 19: Boston Marathon Studying: Katherine Switzer: The series continues with the vital voice of groundbreaking racer Katherine Switzer.
April 20: Boston Marathon Studying: Rosie Ruiz: Three layers to an infamous sports story beyond the headlines, as the series races on.
April 21: Boston Marathon Studying: The Bombing: Re-upping this 2013 year in review post on the worst history related to the Marathon.
April 22: Boston Marathon Studying: Team Hoyt: But wanted to conclude the series with one of the Marathon’s and sports’ most inspiring stories.
April 23-24: Tiffany Chenault’s Guest Post: Boston Marathon RECAP: My newest Guest Post, the awesome Tiffany Chenault on her Boston Marathon experience and her overarching project on race and running in America!
April 25: Ulysses Grant Studying: His Presidency: A series for Grant’s bicentennial kicks off with what’s undeniable and what’s misunderstood about his presidency.
April 26: Ulysses Grant Studying: His Book: The series continues with three figures in Grant’s life we can better remember through his excellent memoir.
April 27: Ulysses Grant Studying: His Heritage: On Grant’s 200th birthday, three interesting and important facts about his heritage and birth.
April 28: Ulysses Grant Studying: His Friends: Three representative relationships across Grant’s iconic life, as the series rolls on.
April 29: Ulysses Grant Studying: His Legacies: The series concludes with one of my more controversial claims, and why it’s worth engaging even if you disagree.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!