Another Radical Restructuring of the U.S. Survey

As I was thinking about how much Charles W. McKinney, Jr.,’s keyword essay on “Riot” (in Edwards, Erica R., Roderick A. Ferguson, and Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, eds. Keywords for African American Studies. New York: NYU Press, 2018. doi:10.2307/j.ctvwrm5v9) resonated with students, I began brainstorming another new way to teach the US survey (again). What ifContinue reading “Another Radical Restructuring of the U.S. Survey”

Liner Notes Vol. 1, Track 4 – Joe Adelman

This week’s track is with Joseph Adelman, a historian at Framingham State University and author of Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789. We discuss our favorite pens (with a strong showing from the No. 2 pencil, this week), organizing space and time with kids at home during the pandemic, andContinue reading “Liner Notes Vol. 1, Track 4 – Joe Adelman”

Liner Notes Vol. 1, Track 3 – Eladio Bobadilla

This episode gets deep! Not only do we discuss the importance of having a range of pens, and in particular the magic of the Pilot Friction Erasable pens, (they even come in MARKERS), we also get into how pens reflect the development of our voices as writers. There is so much to think about afterContinue reading “Liner Notes Vol. 1, Track 3 – Eladio Bobadilla”

Liner Notes Vol. 1, Track 2 – Hilary Green

This week, we talk with historian Hilary Green, whose social media posts about writing, research, reading, and process are so inspiring. In addition to her many publications, she has also has captured research about race, slavery, and memory at the University of Alabama in the Hallowed Grounds project. Her book, Educational Reconstruction: African American SchoolsContinue reading “Liner Notes Vol. 1, Track 2 – Hilary Green”

Liner Notes Vol. 1: Track 1 – Megan Kate Nelson

In this first episode of Liner Notes, we talk with author and historian Megan Kate Nelson. We discuss the merits of the blue BIC Cristal pen and florescent yellow Sharpie highlighter, writing during a pandemic, and the personalized process of finding one’s writing structures and routines. In the show, we make reference to John Hughes’Continue reading “Liner Notes Vol. 1: Track 1 – Megan Kate Nelson”

The History Mixtapes: Introducing Liner Notes!

Announcing that my video podcast (with an audio version) will launch Friday, February 19, 2021! I’ve taken a structured approach to the podcast around three central questions. What’s in your pen case? With this question, I’m asking guests to highlight three of their go-to writing, editing, teaching, or organization tools. Everyone has those things thatContinue reading “The History Mixtapes: Introducing Liner Notes!”

How did I go from writing about southern industrialists and the New Deal to college radio?

I’ll be the first to admit it: it looks a little strange. My first book is about southern industrial lobbyists who responded negatively to the New Deal and, in the process, ushered in a new construction of conservative policy and politics that made room for the South. And now, here I am, writing about collegeContinue reading “How did I go from writing about southern industrialists and the New Deal to college radio?”

My Sticky-Note Outlining Process

I’ve been posting on Twitter randomly recently about my process while outlining a couple of new chapters. I’ll elaborate and make it clearer what is happening. I wrote a whole thread about this, then accidentally deleted it. A blog post is better, anyways. As I’m researching, writing, I often make notes on stickies about ideasContinue reading “My Sticky-Note Outlining Process”