It's been a long time since I've posted an update as I've been attempting, amid great groaning, to write my first dissertation chapter. Amid my research this weekend, I came across a great section in Plutarch's Demosthenes about the difficulties of historical research. Enjoy! (or not, depending on where you fall in his criteria...) "However, when... Continue Reading →
Occupational Hazards of Being a Historian 5: Make the mistake of telling someone you are a graduate student at UVA specializing in 19th century U.S. history at a public event-spend the next half hour pinned in a corner being quizzed about graduate student politics, current events, Confederate monuments, and the controversies of the 19th century.... Continue Reading →
I'm happy to announce that a panel I coordinated has been accepted for the Southern Historical Association's conference in Birmingham, Alabama in November, 2018. Dr. Joseph Stoltz, Dr. Miles Smith, Dr. Daniel Feller, and Dr. Harry Watson will join me on a panel delving into the populist, classical, and religious memory of Andrew Jackson. We'll... Continue Reading →
I gave my website a new look. Hope y'all like it! Stay tuned for new content.
On this day July 23, 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, a two-term president of the United States, Lieutenant General of the Union armies, world traveler, author, and Wall Street victim died at Mt. McGregor, New York. Instantly newspapers around the country lamented his death, and August 8, 1885 was decided as the date of his funeral... Continue Reading →
It is believed that Ulysses S. Grant finished writing his famous Memoirs on July 19, 1885. Grant was desperately racing against the clock as he battled throat cancer and tried to complete his manuscript, which would provide financial security for his family. He died a mere four days later.
We've probably all seen the film with the cute but remarkably troublesome Gremlins in it. We've probably also heard the phrase "gremlins in the machine." Well, there is nothing cute or funny about having gremlins hit your tech while on a research trip. I know because it just happened to me. Technology has revolutionized the... Continue Reading →
Topsy turvy. That definitely is the prevailing theme for my summer. Every time I get a plan in place, something happens to send me scurrying for a new plan - that might send me 500 miles in the other direction. This is the summer before my fourth year of Ph.D study, which means I will... Continue Reading →
While reading and preparing for discussion sections this week, I was struck by this explanation of "revolutionary millenarianism" in Steve J. Stern's Peru's Indian Peoples and the Challenge of Spanish Conquest: Huamanga to 1640 (2nd edition 1993): The ideological core of "revolutionary millenarianism" -- then and now, in the Andes and elsewhere -- has been... Continue Reading →