Category Archives: history

Nothing’s Fair

For more than two years, I have been immersed in a project designed to commemorate the centenary of World War I in my freshman composition classes and–this November–across the campus of the community college where I teach. I have already … Continue reading

Posted in books, history, literature, love, World War I | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

The English Major and Ford Madox Ford: A Tale of Passion

                  The Chemistry Major At this late date, newly minted Medicare card tucked safely in my wallet, I suppose it’s time to admit, mostly to myself, that I have always been what … Continue reading

Posted in education, history, language, literature, review, World War I, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bearing Witness: Reading and Telling the Great War

Midway through the World War I centenary, I decided that I would use that largely unacknowledged anniversary as the theme for my freshman composition class on writing across the curriculum. The students write a literature review about shell shock for … Continue reading

Posted in books, history, literature, review, World War I | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Yellow Fleas

The end of Reconstruction in 1877 gave birth to the Solid South. In both Presidential and state politics, the South retained its essentially single-party identity until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. During that time, Southerners would … Continue reading

Posted in current events, education, free speech, history, language, news, politics, sexual harassment | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Reconsidering the American Consensus–and Rehabilitating the 1950s

The Mering thesis and the roots of consensus history At the University of Arizona in the mid-1970s, John V. Mering inculcated his disciples with a devotion to the consensus historiography whose bedrock was The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It … Continue reading

Posted in books, critical thinking, current events, education, history, politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Mother of Beauty: War in Words and Music

For the past two years, I have immersed myself in a personal and professional commemoration of the centenary of World War I. For a freshman composition class I designed in writing across the curriculum, I have read extensively in the … Continue reading

Posted in history, literature, music, peace, World War I | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Armistice: A Remembrance

The 99th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I took center stage in my English 112 class on Friday, November 10. For more than a year, I have been preparing to guide my students on this journey through … Continue reading

Posted in books, education, history, literature, movies, poem, World War I, writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

The Land of the Free

        Despite the turbulent events in the world outside the mountains that sheltered our childhood, we in the Globe High School class of 1971 were little concerned with politics. In her Social Problems class, Mrs. Allison Roenigk … Continue reading

Posted in current events, First Amendment, free speech, history, politics | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Something Old

I still have the tattered Golden Book of Nursery Tales (1948) and Mother Goose Book of Nursery Rhymes (1953) presented to me at birth. At a time in my life when preserving the past evidently mattered less to me, I removed the … Continue reading

Posted in cemetery, education, history, language, memories, photography, World War I | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Erasing History: The 2017 Version

“In February 1948, the Communist leader Klement Gottwald stepped out on to the balcony of a Baroque palace in Prague to harangue hundreds of thousands of citizens massed in Old Town Square. That was the great turning point in the … Continue reading

Posted in education, history, language, literature, politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments