Historical Reflections

john-quincy-adams-pictureAs a History teacher, I always believed–and told my students–that the study of the past was a “thinking-person’s discipline,” one of a number of skills that could help them make sense of a sometimes confusing world. Unlike the other “pages” I’ve created for this blog, this one could not easily be confined to a single area.  The links below will enable you to explore historical reflections on various events, issues, and people.

  1. Teaching in a Prep School with a PhD–this three-part series has become the blog’s most popular feature–Part 1; Part 2; and Part 3.
  2. Growing Up With Vietnam–this four-part series also receives frequent visits–Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV.
  3. “Springtime and Vietnam”–April 1, 2011.
  4. Editorial, “On Dixie Station”–May 2, 2011.
  5. Past Personal: Teaching the Vietnam War as History–May 1, 2012.
  6. High School, Now–and Then–September 1, 2012.
  7. Assault and Battery on the Mother Tongue–“Business Speak”–September 25, 2012.
  8. Race–and History–Matter–April 1, 2013.
  9. The Lecture-Discussion Conundrum–December 16, 2013.
  10. Reflecting in History’s Mirror–January 7, 2014.
  11. The Little Course That Did–February 14, 2014.
  12. “Famous for Being Famous”:  A Kardashian for the Gilded Age–April 15, 2014.
  13. “That’s Why They Paid Me the Big Bucks”–May 15, 2014.
  14. Growing Up in Colonial New England–June 15, 2014.
  15. The South on the Nation’s Psychiatric Couch, Again–July 12, 2014.
  16. American Witch-Hunters:  Salem & McCarthy–August 15, 2014.
  17. Evolution of a Blog:  “Retired But Not Shy” at Four–September 15, 2014.
  18. Muchas Gracias: Responding to a “Thankfulness Challenge”–October 15, 2015.
  19. Is Wolf Hatred Really “Wolfism”?–October 24, 2015.
  20. Alive and Still Bloggin’:  “Retired But Not Shy” at Five–November 14, 2015.
  21. Testifyin’ at the PDC–November 15, 2014.
  22. My Vietnam War–and Welcome to It–February 16, 2015.
  23. A Scrappy Fourth of July–July 1, 2015.
  24. An Anti-Slave Trade Movement in Middle Georgia, 1816-1826?–September 1, 2015.
  25. A Tale of Three Books–September 15, 2015.
  26. Remembering Arnold Shankman (1945-1983)–December 15, 2015.
  27. Changing Views of the Removal of the Cherokees from Georgia–May 1, 2016.
  28. .”The Flags, Daddy, the Flags!”:  “Retired But Not Shy” at Six–June 1, 2016.
  29. “Teaching 21st-Century Students”:  A Reflection–September 1, 2016.
  30. A “Founding Mother” on Political Partisanship–October 1, 2016.
  31. A Post for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 2017–January 3, 2017.
  32. Betts:  A Mother’s Memoir–based upon a brief family history and a more detailed memoir by my late mother–Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part VI; Part VII.
  33. The Year of “Betts”:  “Retired But Not Shy” at Seven–July 1, 2017.
  34. A Happy Fourth, from Antebellum Georgia–July 3, 2017.
  35. Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Hillbillies–August 1, 2017.

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For  those interested in reading more of my reflections on history, here are links to several books on the subject:

REABP CoverRancorous Enmities and Blind Partialities:  Parties and Factions in Georgia, 1807-1845 (University Press of America, 2015)

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In Pursuit of Dead Georgians:  One Historian’s Excursions into the History of His Adopted State (iUniverse, 2015)

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Politics on the Periphery:  Factions and Parties in Georgia, 1783-1806 (University of Delaware Press, 1986)