BrANCH 2012: Slave Communities and Southern Honor

By the time you read this, I should be at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for this year's BrANCH conference. (The program is here.) This is my first BrANCH (British American Nineteenth Century Historians) conference experience, and I'm glad it's being held in one of my favorite areas of England. I try to post my conference …

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Beloit Mindset List for 2016

This year's Beloit mindset list is out. The fact that "For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead" is pretty remarkable. Other interesting tidbits: The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” …

Tweaking the Blog

I mentioned last week that I was considering revamping the blog. As you hopefully can tell, that transformation is complete. Some changes of note: 1. I reorganized the blog to look more like a website. The menu is divided into more specific categories to direct visitors to pages that might interest them. 2. I changed …

Debating a Blog Change

For the past few months, I've been pondering an upgrade for this blog. I'm not sure that I can justify WordPress Pro ($99/year), so I'm thinking that the WordPress domain and mapping option ($17/year) is the direction to go. My major dilemma with this decision is the domain name: Should I go with Jacksonian America …

Interested in Writing a Guest Post for a History Blog?

If you are an Early Republic historian who has considered writing for a blog but hasn't taken the leap, I would like to offer you the opportunity to guest blog for Jacksonian America. Let me know, and we'll work out the details. Have a good holiday break, and I'll see you in 2012.

What Belongs in a Public History Course?

I've been mulling over the idea of putting together a public history course. We don't have the resources to develop a major in public history, but by pairing a course or two with an internship and practicum, a minor might be a possibility. If we go through with such a change, I'm expecting that it will …

In Praise of Librarians and Archivists

Since I was a child begging my mother to take me to the library on a daily basis, I have appreciated the designated keepers of books. Conducting research as a student made me even more aware of the specialized jobs that academic librarians and archivists do every day to make life easier for people like me. …

Housekeeping Notes

After a couple of weeks of posting, and with the realization that the semester will leave less time for coming up with brilliant and interesting topics, I've decided to go to a three-times-a-week posting schedule. There may be weeks when I post more often, but I will do my best to post, at a minimum, on …