The other day I received a rather rude and obnoxious email from a reader who felt a need to point out that I misrepresented myself in a previous post. It seems that my referencing of myself in the introduction to Peter Carmichael’s guest post as a “fellow historian” was deemed to be inappropriate. The writer reminded me that I am just a high school teacher. Of course, I didn’t publish the comment, and I thought it was somewhat suspicious that this was the only thing this particular reader had to say given that the post in question received just under 80 comments. Still, given that this site continues to attract new readers I thought it might be an opportune time to introduce myself once again.
First and foremost I am a high school history teacher and I’ve been doing so since 1998. This is what I am paid to do and it is my first love. With the start of the new school year right around the corner you can once again anticipate more posts about my experiences in the classroom; in fact, one of the main reasons for this blog was to be able to share my teaching with a broader audience. As to the self-referencing of myself as a Civil War historian in this blog’s subtitle, well, I will leave that to you to gauge. Over the past few years I’ve published a couple of essay, presented talks at various conferences and roundtables and am at work on two book-lenght projects. I recently set up a new Author Page for the blog and you can peruse my Curriculum Vitae for additional information. I like to think of myself as a serious amateur historian. Ultimately, I am not paid to do history and it almost always falls somewhere in the middle of my list of responsibilities. I’ve toyed with the idea of going back to school for a PhD in history, but ultimately I am satisfied with my career as a professional high school teacher. This is who I am.
As always I thank each and every one of you for making Civil War Memory a stop on your daily comings and goings.