Category Archives: Current Events

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Hillbillies

A Review of J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: HarperCollins, 2016. [NOTE:  An inveterate reader of op-eds, I was well aware of this book months before I bought it. According to … Continue reading

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Unflattering Views of the Georgia Legislature, 2017 and 1817

[Note:  Four years ago, just in time for the adjournment of the Georgia legislature, I came across a lovely description of the state’s solons from 1817.  Re-reading that post today, as the 2017 session of the legislature convenes, I realized that … Continue reading

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A Post for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 2017

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has long been one of my  heroes, beginning when I was a youngster growing up in an industrial suburb of Baltimore in the 1950s.  In the 1960s, when I decided that I wanted to teach … Continue reading

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A “Founding Mother” on Political Partisanship—Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, August 18, 1804

[NOTE:  As a rule, I do not post at this blog about current American politics (for an exception, go here).  I usually limit that sort of thing to my Facebook timeline, when I “say something” about an article that I’m … Continue reading

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Growing Up White in the Jim Crow South: Two Perspectives from Georgia (Teaching Civil Rights, 3)

A Review of: Hamilton Jordan, A Boy from Georgia: Coming of Age in the Segregated South (edited by Kathleen Jordan). Athens, Ga., and London:  The University of Georgia Press, 2015.                                             Jim Auchmutey, The Class of ’65: A Student, A … Continue reading

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Bubba’s Baedeker: A History Book as Travel Guide to the “Redneck Riviera”

A Review of Harvey H. Jackson III, The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera:  An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast  (Athens, Ga., University of Georgia Press, 2012) [NOTE: I first read Hardy Jackson’s book in 2012, and it stirred in me … Continue reading

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Read One for the Gipper

A Review of James H. Broussard, Ronald Reagan:  Champion of Conservative America. New York and London:  Routledge, 2015. [NOTE: One of the joys—and curses—of being a professional historian is the lure of “revisionism.”  That’s when, every generation or so, the … Continue reading

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“New South”? What “New South”?–Introduction to a Panel Discussion (1978) [History Lesson Plans, 6]

[NOTE: The previous post in this series looked at an early step on the road to my course on the modern Civil Rights Movement:  a one-term elective, “The South and the Sectional Image,” which we offered at Atlanta’s Finest Prep School (AFPS) for … Continue reading

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Civil Rights–and Wrongs: Reflections on The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Legacy

[NOTE:  In the middle of last month, I began a series of posts tracing how, near the end of my teaching career, I came eagerly to embrace the opportunity to teach a one-semester elective course on the History of the Modern … Continue reading

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From those wonderful folks at WordPress.com, a look back at 2014.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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