Kevin Levin at Civil War Memory: anybody who can teach high school, engage actively in scholarship, and squash stupidly reactionary neo-Confederate and “black Confederate” pet theories all at the same time deserves a special place in blog heaven.
It’s always nice to hear that what you write matters, but knowing that the kind words come from the author of one of my favorite blogs, as well as a top-notch scholar , makes it extra special. Thanks again, Paul.
One of the conditions of acceptance is that the recipient choose 5 to 7 inspirational blogs of his/her own. So, here are the blogs that I can’t do without and that keep me coming back for more:
• Cenantua’s Blog: I bestowed my “Best of” award on Robert Moore’s site this past December, but it is truly one of the most inspirational sites within the Civil War blogosophere. Robert reminds all of us that you can be proud of your family, regional, and national heritage without losing sight of the complexity of history.
• My Year of Living Rangerously: Mannie Gentile has sacrificed much and has made some tough choices in order to work as a seasonal ranger at the Antieam National Battlefield. His blog not only provides insight into one of the most important Civil War battles, but serves to remind us of how important it is for each of us to pursue our dreams and passions. Thanks Mannie.
• Draw the Sword: Jenny Goellnitz is in the middle of a massive project cataloging every statue and marker on the Gettysburg battlefield. The result will no doubt prove to be a valuable tool for researchers and visitors alike. This award, however, acknowledges more than the content of Jenny’s blog. Jenny’s successful battle with cancer and the role of running in her recovery (much of it on the Gettysburg battlefield) has left me reaching for my jogging shoes on the most difficult of days.
• The History Enthusiast: If you ever wanted to know what life is like for a history grad student than spend some time at this site. The History Enthusiast writes about the joys and frustrations of graduate school as well as the challenges of writing a dissertation. I’ve been reading long enough to know for certain that even through some of the most challenging periods of this grad student’s career that there remains much enthusiasm for the discipline and that there will be a Phd at the end of the road.
• History is Elementary: I have nothing but the deepest respect for my fellow history instructors who labor day-to-day in the trenches. I sometimes wish that we spent as much time acknowledging the best in the teaching profession rather than those silly polls that purport to tell us how little our students know about their history. Let’s celebrate teachers such as EHT and perhaps we will attract more like her. Thanks for your dedication to the profession and commitment to your students.
Congratulations to all the winners and for inspiring me to be a better blogger, teacher, and historian.