For several weeks, I’ve been trying to formulate a post on the Confederate monument issue, but I’ve had a hard time formulating my thoughts. But Tim’s recent, thoughtful post on the issue made me feel that I should just put […]
Reflection on the machinations and implications of the yet to be approved diplomatic deal with Iran, has placed us in yet another moment of fear. In the Austin American-Stateman, colleagues Will Inboden and Jeremi Suri offer opinions regarding the stakes […]
I have irritated many of my friends and history colleagues with an insistence, since the horrific murder of the Charleston-Emanuel-AME Nine by a neo-Confederate sympathizer, that public memorials and monuments dedicated to glorifying the Confederacy must go.
When I was 6 years old, I got my first pair of glasses. At the time, the optometrist had told my mother that such a solution was optional – they could also patch my more nearsighted eye and wait and […]
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, a recent effort to standardize math and English curricula across the nation that is better known simply as “Common Core,” has generated a growing opposition.  Some of this opposition comes from the left. […]
Immersed in dissertation revision and thus ensconced in a unique sort of solipsism, I would like to continue the valuable (to me, at least) work of writing in a more informal and off-the-cuff manner about my research.
The latest chapter of my dissertation focuses on the seemingly idiosyncratic early American phenomenon that both historians and contemporaries have regarded as “white Indians”: the peculiar inclination of some white Americans—particularly men—to dress up as Indians, be it in St. […]
I had never really thought of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1963) as a queer text before—at least not in any deeper sense than that it was a book written by an author who wrote about queer themes and […]
Martin Halliwell and Joel Rasmussen, eds., William James and the Transatlantic Conversation: Pragmatism, Pluralism, and Philosophy of Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014) 256 pages. Review by Paul Croce There is a specter haunting this lively […]
Since I started here at the Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians’ blog in the summer of 2013 as a guest poster, I have come back time again to questions of the race and the South in the American mind. Even […]