Charting the Plantation Landscape from Natchez to New Orleans – Q&A with Laura Kilcer

What sparked your interest in this area of research?  The book is a natural extension of my work, which focuses on plantations both in their historical context as well as their cultural history—how their use, definition and significance has evolved into what we know as “plantations” today, which are largely museums, historic sites, and tourist destinations. Could you give us a short overview of Charting the Plantation … Continue reading Charting the Plantation Landscape from Natchez to New Orleans – Q&A with Laura Kilcer

Q&A with Dr. Christian Pinnen

Could you give us a short overview of Complexion of Empire in Natchez: Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands?  Complexion of Empire investigates slavery and race in the borderlands of the lower Mississippi Valley. The book essentially sketches out the first century of sustained European and African contact in the region. I specifically focus on the liminal periods when the Natchez district transitioned from one empire … Continue reading Q&A with Dr. Christian Pinnen

Ask An Americanist: Professor Brandon Jett

What led you to/sparked your interest in this area of research? I’ve always had an interested in “revolutionary” eras of history. Moments when things get upended in one way or another. As an undergraduate, I was drawn to the experiences of white and Black Americans in the post-Emancipation/Jim Crow era. Understanding how Black Americans pushed the boundaries of what freedom meant and how white Americans … Continue reading Ask An Americanist: Professor Brandon Jett

Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History

By Katrina M. Phillips I joke that I blame my dad for this book, but it’s true. I’m a citizen of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, and our reservation sits along the south shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. The neighboring town of Bayfield hosts an apple festival every year, and trips to the festival form an integral element of my … Continue reading Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History

Emperor: Rediscovering an Icon of Black Liberation

By Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. In 1882, a small notice appeared in the Huntsville [Georgia] Gazette, reporting that the skull of Shields Green, one of John Brown’s raiders, was on exhibit at a store in Athens, Georgia. This notice appeared in a few other Southern papers, suggesting the possibility that the skull may have been elsewhere displayed in the South, and that it was at … Continue reading Emperor: Rediscovering an Icon of Black Liberation

A View from Abroad: The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe

By Jeanne E. Abrams, University of Denver My main thesis in A View From Abroad is that the European journeys of John and Abigail Adams expanded their life experiences and honed their analytical skills. It allowed them a breadth of perspective they could not have experienced in America. They came face-to-face abroad with some of the most powerful people in the world (including the French … Continue reading A View from Abroad: The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe

Q&A: Professor Timothy Minchin

In November 2020, Kate Rivington interviewed Timothy Minchin, Professor in the Department of History at La Trobe University, about his upcoming article in the December 2020 issue of the Australasian Journal of American Studies “Be Your Own Boss?  Long-Term Labor Trends and the Rise of Uber” KR: What brought you to this topic? TM: One of the things that made me interested in the topic … Continue reading Q&A: Professor Timothy Minchin

Ask an Americanist: Dr. Ben Wright

What led you to/sparked your interest in this area of research?  My life project—the question that wakes me up in the middle of the night and that I plan to address with all of my future work—is studying how religion inspires people of faith to confront, or sadly too-often perpetuate, white supremacy. Exploring the abolitionist movement was an obvious starting point. Could you give us … Continue reading Ask an Americanist: Dr. Ben Wright

Lyrical Strains: Lyric, Liberalism, and Women’s Poetry, 1820-1920

By Elissa Zellinger Long before I had children, I came across Mister Dog, a funny little children’s book about a funny little dog named Crispian’s Crispian. He is thusly named because, as he tells us on the first page, he “belongs to himself.” This remark is repeated throughout Mister Dog, emphasizing the joke that dogs belong to themselves, not people. While Margaret Wise Brown intended … Continue reading Lyrical Strains: Lyric, Liberalism, and Women’s Poetry, 1820-1920

Slavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty in African American Communities over the Long Nineteenth Century

By Libra R. Hilde As Americans grapple with the most recent spate of deaths of Black men and women at the hands of the police, we are once again confronting damaging stereotypes about the Black family and Black masculinity rooted in the legacy of slavery. My book, Slavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty, explores the masculine hierarchy of slavery that continues to influence current attitudes. In … Continue reading Slavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty in African American Communities over the Long Nineteenth Century