The Resistance Files: Why Historians Often Talk Past Their Audiences – And How We Can Do Better

By Matthew Christopher Hulbert   For weeks now, marble and bronze likenesses of Robert E. Lee and his Confederate ilk have been - or are in the process of being - toppled from pedestals across the United States. In response, a number of the nation’s foremost historians of the Civil War and Reconstruction have supported … Continue reading The Resistance Files: Why Historians Often Talk Past Their Audiences – And How We Can Do Better

I’m a Social Media Sexist (and Probably, You Are Too)

You have logged onto Facebook and Twitter and you are reading through your feed. People have linked to posts of all different kinds: breaking news, silly quizzes, articles they have written. Which of these posts do you like or share or retweet? Some? None? How do you decide? I started thinking about this issue recently, when a … Continue reading I’m a Social Media Sexist (and Probably, You Are Too)

AHA Street Style

This past weekend, historians of all stripes converged on New York City for the American Historical Association annual meeting. As predicted, the hotel lobbies and concourses were packed with women and men wearing blue and gray suits, sweaters and slacks (ugh, that word! slacks), and dark coats and sensible shoes. Sadly, no one wore the sequined dresses or giant white … Continue reading AHA Street Style

Top Ten Looks for your AHA Interview

Every year between Christmas and New Year's, many young historians (and some older ones) undergo a ritual of sorts. It begins with The Fretting and The Staring At One's Closet. It quickly turns to The Frantic Hurling of Hangers, with clothing still attached. This is often followed by The Rush to The Mall and The … Continue reading Top Ten Looks for your AHA Interview