And the Winners Are . . .

Twitter: Ray Ortensie (@AFHistorian) Facebook: Sheridan Henson Ray, please send me a mailing address. Sheridan, I’ll walk over your copy later today. Thanks to everyone for helping spread the word about the new book. Even if you didn’t win a free copy, you can still purchase a signed copy of Andrew Jackson, Southerner at the specialContinue reading “And the Winners Are . . .”

Beloit Mindset List: Class of 2017

Updated: Not everyone loves the Beloit List. The new Beloit Mindset List is out. These lists always spark interesting debates and provide food for thought. For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead. 1. Eminem and LL Cool J could show upContinue reading “Beloit Mindset List: Class of 2017”

Jacksonian America: 2012 in Review

Here are the top posts for Jacksonian America for 2012. Thanks for making this year the blog’s most successful. 1 What History Professors Do (February 2012): 6,344 views 2 The Living Grandsons of President John Tyler (December 2010): 1,273 views 3 Andrew Jackson’s Profane Parrot (April 2012): 954 views 4 State of Georgia Closing State Archives (September 2012): 480 views 5 AHA Bingo forContinue reading “Jacksonian America: 2012 in Review”

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 conferenceContinue reading “BrANCH 2012: Slave Communities and Southern Honor”

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,”Continue reading “Beloit Mindset List for 2016”

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 AmericaContinue reading “Debating a Blog Change”

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 willContinue reading “What Belongs in a Public History Course?”

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.Continue reading “In Praise of Librarians and Archivists”