Transforming White Supremacist Memorials, Part 2: Recent Acts of Creative Protest

In the days and weeks after the neo-Nazi rally and attacks on anti-hate protestors in Charlottesville, individuals, communities, and local governments across the nation have used creative methods to respond to the monuments to white supremacy in their midst. Some of these acts were destructive and some were constructive. Almost all of them were defined … Continue reading Transforming White Supremacist Memorials, Part 2: Recent Acts of Creative Protest

Why the Civil War West Mattered (and Still Does)

In two recent columns for Civil War Times, historian Gary Gallagher repeats many arguments he has made in the past dismissing scholarly work on the Civil War West – a theater that he defines in his August 2017 column as extending from the Appalachians to the Pacific coast, and from North Carolina to Georgia. In … Continue reading Why the Civil War West Mattered (and Still Does)

Extreme History: Apache Pass, Arizona

As I turned off the highway and onto the county road, I made the call. My husband answered. “I’m going in,” I said. “Okay,” he replied, “Let me know when you’re out.” We hung up and I drove on, squinting in the sun, trying to find the brown road sign denoting a historic site. Ah. … Continue reading Extreme History: Apache Pass, Arizona

There and Back Again: On the Awesomeness of Road Trips (and some stats)

Along with chocolate frosted donuts at the local pool (a treat after swim lessons), road trips were the defining events of my childhood summers. My mother was not a fan of airplanes and so every August we would pile into the car before dawn on a Saturday and head out across the country. The night … Continue reading There and Back Again: On the Awesomeness of Road Trips (and some stats)