Interview with Joshua Rothman about Flush Times and Fever Dreams

The Journal of Southern Religion recently interviewed Joshua Rothman about his new book, Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson. Rothman is an associate professor of history and director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama and is best known for his first …

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BrANCH 2012: Rethinking Honour and Community in the Antebellum South

Saturday's opening session was "Rethinking Honour and Community in the Antebellum South: A Roundtable," chaired by Christopher Olsen and including panelists David Brown, Catherine Clinton, Steven Deyle, Becky Fraser, Lorri Glover, and Emily West. Olsen's introductory remarks focused mostly on Bert Wyatt-Brown and his influence on the field. David Brown was first up. He provided the historical context for the …

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Patriarchy and Masculinity in Antebellum America: Andrew Jackson and His Male Wards

As I've done for papers at the 2011 SHEAR and 2011 SHA conferences, I am posting ahead of time the paper I will be giving in Chicago at the American Historical Association annual meeting. This paper, which examines patriarchy and masculinity in Jackson's advice to his male wards, is in many ways a continuation of …

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Goodbye, Colonel Reb

The controversy over the Ole Miss mascot, Colonel Reb, appears to winding down. The university has selected five mascots from which Colonel Reb's replacement will be chosen: "a bear, a lion, a horse, a land shark (a reference to the team’s tenacious defensive line) and Hotty and Toddy (derived from the name of the school cheer)." …

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