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Communion of Radicals: The Literary Christian Left in Twentieth-Century America – Q&A with Dr. Jonathan McGregor

What led to your interest in this area of study?  I’ve been interested in both literature and religion as long as I can remember–perusing lyrics in the hymnal during services as a kid was my introduction to poetry, and Bible study taught me how to do “close reading” before I knew the terminology. As my interests […]

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Oceans at Home: Maritime and Domestic Fictions in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing – Dr. Melissa Gniadek

By Dr. Melissa Gniadek During the summer before my final year of university I was subletting an apartment from one of my cousins near Boston, Massachusetts, doing odd jobs to pay the bills, and trying to get started on the senior thesis required by my academic program. I was excited to spend a significant amount […]

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No Globalization Without Representation: U.S. Activists and World Inequality – Dr. Paul Adler

By Dr. Paul Adler I was a senior in high school in the winter of 1999 when I flipped on cable news and saw something completely unexpected: a big protest in a major U.S. city. The day was Tuesday, November 30. At the time, I lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The protests beaming out […]

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Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood: White Women, Class, and Segregation – Dr. Rebecca Brückmann

By Dr. Rebecca Brückmann At first Ruby Bridges thought it was Mardi Gras, which was always noisy. Soon, the six-year-old first-grader, the first and only African American pupil at William Frantz Elementary School in November 1960, realized that the crowds that screamed, scuffled, and pushed were hostile. Six years had passed since the Supreme Court […]

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A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas – Dr. Kelly Houston Jones

By Dr. Kelly Houston Jones One of my favorite stories within the book is the story of a man named Jack, sometimes called “Chunky Jack,” who ran away from James K. Polk’s cotton plantation in western Tennessee in 1833. He actually fled repeatedly, much to the frustration of the future president and his overseer. But […]

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Canaan, Dim and Far: Black Reformers and the Pursuit of Citizenship in Pittsburgh, 1915-1945 – Q&A with Dr. Adam Lee Cilli

What led to your interest in this area of research?  My research in the field of African American urban history stemmed from a general commitment to social justice and a specific commitment to advance research and teaching in the areas of race, ethnicity, and gender.  It also grew out of pure interest and scholarly curiosity. […]

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Star Territory: Printing the Universe in Nineteenth-Century America – Q&A with Dr. Gordon Fraser

What sparked your interest in this particular area of research?  When I entered graduate school, I knew I wanted to study a big question about how people come to develop their first principles: Who am I? What does my life mean? Many of these topics, from the rise of nationalism to the recurrence of religious […]

From Hopper’s Hollywood to Trump’s America – Dr. Jennifer Frost

By Dr. Jennifer Frost, reblogged with permission from Dilettante Army. In 2011, when my book Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism came out, one of the first reviews was in the Wall Street Journal. Recently bought by right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News, and known for its conservative editorials and opinions, the Wall […]

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When the Medium Was the Mission: The Atlantic Telegraph and the Religious Origins of Network Culture – Dr. Jenna Supp-Montgomerie

By Dr. Jenna Supp-Montgomerie The Oneida Community has long been studied for their most notable divergences from their nineteenth-century New York neighbors: their belief that Christ had already returned, their sharing of financial resources and profits from their business ventures, and (most famously and most scandalously) their rejection of monogamy. The 300 or so people […]

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The World Colonization Made: The Racial Geography of Early American Empire – Dr. Brandon Mills

By Dr. Brandon Mills In 1821, a group of private citizens from the United States, supported by the U.S. Navy, founded a settlement on the west coast of Africa. In this location, the colony of Liberia would grow into an independent republic by 1847, a process which violently displaced the region’s indigenous peoples. The white […]