All posts by historiantara

NFL Kneeling in Historical Context

There have been a number of great pieces on the history of sport star activism in the wake of NFL player protests.  I recognize that this is a very charged topic and I’m not here to tell you what to think.  I do, however, think historical context can always help us understand our world.  These ...

Why Columbus Day, Anyway?

If your facebook feed is anything like mine, you are seeing a number of memes about Columbus Day.  This is one of the more popular: And also: Both of which make me laugh and make good points about the age of European exploration.  There are a host of other memes about the holiday from the ...

A Day with Isaac Shelby

This weekend, I had the honor of talking about Governor Isaac Shelby at the unveiling of a memorial at his burial site.  The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) have worked for a long time to put memorials at sites of importance to the Revolution and this was a particularly nice event. It is always ...

History through Biography*

This term, I’ve focused my upper-level colonial America course on biographies*.  Our books, with one exception, use a biographical lens to examine the time period.  In part, I chose to use biography because European colonists themselves were biographical people; interested in a narrative of who they were, how they came to be in this “new ...

Historian Spotlight: Annette Gordon-Reed

I thought you all might enjoy a collection of articles and books centered around one person.  Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and is also on the faculty in the school of Arts and Sciences.  In 1997, she wrote Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, and ...

DACA in the History Classroom

Stephen Dove is an Assistant Professor of History here at Centre College where he teaches Latin American history.  Thanks for sharing your classroom with us, Stephen! Korean pianists do not normally play a prominent role in my Latin American history courses, but this week that changed. I am the type of professor who views the ...

Labor Day and the Private College

Happy Labor Day! My colleagues and I are celebrating…..at work.  Like many private colleges and universities, Centre is open on Labor Day.  Some people are surprised to discover that institutions like ours aren’t closed because it is a national holiday. Labor Day IS a national holiday, but that doesn’t mean that private companies or college ...

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Confederate Monument Round-Up

I told my students on Monday that it feels strange that the people and things I study have suddenly become so relevant.  Two years ago in my Civil War class we talked at length about confederate memorials and while my students were interested (I think), they did not see the continued existence of such monuments ...

The First Day!

Yes, I needed that exclamation point.  I ran into a student last week who asked when the first day of school stop being exciting.  I told her I’d let her know if I ever found out, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet. The first day of class, however, is hard for professors.  Students tend to ...