I am currently working on completing the index for my forthcoming collection of essays, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites, which will be published in September. It’s a labor intensive process, but it has given me one final opportunity to read through the manuscript. [You can pre-order the book direct from the publisher at 30% off. Use the code RLFANDF30 at checkout.] [click to continue…]
This week I recorded an episode of the podcast “Extra Sauce” [interview begins at 13:30] with Greg Hill and Mike Hsu from the Hil-Man Morning Show, which airs here every morning here in Boston. Thanks to the hosts for the opportunity to reach an entirely new audience. It was a very easygoing and friendly discussion. [click to continue…]
It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had as a public speaker.
I want to thank Todd Groce and Stan Deaton for the invitation to participate as well as the rest of the staff at the GHS for all their work in putting this Institute together. It was an incredible honor to be asked to speak alongside the other visiting faculty.
In addition to speaking I had a chance to explore a bit of historic Savannah alone on foot and with the larger group for two organized tours. The most interesting tour explored the history of the city’s African-American neighborhoods, including Yamacraw Village. By the 1940s this neighborhood was re-shaped into a federal housing project that included a replica of the Hermitage Plantation home, which was purchased and demolished by Henry Ford in the 1930s.
Essentially, what you have is a re-created plantation home at the center of federal housing project populated overwhelmingly by African Americans. As you might imagine this site stands in sharp contrast, on a number of levels, with the more popular tourists area in the historic district. I am going to do a little research and hopefully write a short essay about this jaw-dropping building.
Three days was certainly not enough time to explore Savannah, but with an invitation to participate in next year’s Institute already extended and confidence that the NEH’s budget will not be slashed, I look forward to returning next June.
I am incredibly lucky and grateful to be able to do what I love.
I guess we can add my home town of Boston to the list of cities facing questions about what to do with their Confederate monuments. A recent segment on Greater Boston about a Confederate monument/marker at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, in which I was interviewed, has attracted the attention of the governor. [click to continue…]
Last week I was interviewed by WGBH’s Adam Reilly for a segment that aired this evening on Greater Boston about the Confederate marker on Georges Island in Boston Harbor. Historian Karen Cox also makes an appearance. I think we make a good team.
I was absolutely thrilled to get the call for this interview since Greater Boston is one of my favorite local news shows. Thanks again to Adam Reilly for this opportunity.