Not long ago, I was reading book reviews in the most recent issue of the Journal of American History, when I came across this review (by Laura Hirshbein) of Daniel Horowitz’s Happier? The History of a Cultural Movement that Aspired to Transform America: Horowitz points out that researchers and promotors [sic] of popular psychology range … Continue reading The Neoliberalization of Everything?
A couple of weeks ago, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wrote about Jeanne Theoharis’s important book A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, in which she reminds historians—and the broader public—not to neglect the movement in the North. In one particularly powerful example, Theoharis notes the … Continue reading The Biggest Civil Rights Protest You Probably Never Heard of
My morning routine typically involves walking the dog and then sitting down with a cup of coffee to read and/or write for an hour between 6:00-7:00 before getting ready for work. Yesterday morning, I started reading James Cobb‘s The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity, which has … Continue reading Mississippi and the Nation
Over the weekend, I finished reading Ed Ayers’s most recent book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America. The book is the long-awaited follow-up to Ayers’ Bancroft Prize winner, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863. Picking up where … Continue reading The Civil War, Then and Now: Continuities from The Thin Light of Freedom
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I have spent the weekend finally reading Jeanne Theoharis’s A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. Following up on her celebrated biography of Rosa Parks, Theoharis now turns her critical eye toward the civil rights movement at large. A More … Continue reading The Histories We Need