Standing Armies and Military Parades

The latest news cycle is full of reports concerning President Trump’s desire to have a grand military parade in Washington D.C. The impetus behind this supposedly lies with the President’s positive reaction to experiencing France’s annual Bastille Day parade in person and a desire to recognize the service of the men and women of the ...

British Football and Working Class Culture

This week in my upper division class on the history of popular sport in the modern world, we are talking about working class culture in nineteenth century Britain and the development of professional association football (soccer, to my students). In Britain today, soccer retains the aura of a working class sport, albeit one under assault. ...

Centre Trail Podcast Twelve: When is a sport a sport, and what’s a Founding Father?

Tara and John get together as the spring semester at Centre College starts to get underway. John is teaching the history of modern popular sport, and he talks a little about how to define sports and what kind of interesting historical questions that activity raises. Tara revisits her blog post on Founding Fathers, and talks ...

“Founding Fathers”

Did you know that the phrase “founding fathers” wasn’t coined until 1916? It was then that Warren Harding used that wording in a speech to the Republican National Convention.  Somehow, I always find this a surprising fact.  Have Americans only thought about the revolutionary generations as father figures for a century? Americans before 1916 certainly ...

Centre Trail Podcast Episode Eleven: Sport and Slavery

Tara and John get together to discuss their upper division classes in the spring of 2018. Tara is teaching classes on the American Revolution and the history of American slavery, while John is teaching a class on popular sport in a modern, global context. The conversation moves on to some pedagogy pretty quickly: how do ...

Video Game Demo Day!

Hello there. I write from the depths of Centre Term. It is a fraught place. Everyone is tired. All we do is learn, at breakneck pace. The end is nigh. Actually I have been having a great time, though I will admit to being tired. Posts on our experiences this term are long overdue, but ...

Centre Trail Podcast Episode Ten: Steampunk and Talking to the Public

Tara and John get together to talk about the intensive term coming to an end. Warning: we are very tired in this episode! John talks about his recent op-ed in the “Made by History” blog in the Washington Post about American policy in East Asia, and Tara talks about the steampunk genre and its relationship ...