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Do the Right Thing

Reassessing Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing

  Brash, vibrant, provocative and insightful - there are many reasons to revisit Spike Lee's 1989 street ballet, Do the Right Thing.  But perhaps the most important -at least for now- is the way in which that film speaks to much deeper issues in modern American society.  After a tumultuous period in which ...

The Tragic Tale of the Suicidal Clown who Influenced Chaplin

The Tragic Tale of Marceline Orbes, the Suicidal Clown Who Influenced Chaplin

Mishaps of Marceline - The Reconstructed Film   The evolution of comedy in early twentieth century America is dominated by names like Chaplin and Keaton but prior to the explosion of those cinematic luminaries, the medium was dominated not by stars of the silver screen but the superstar clowns of the stage.  ...

Publication Announcement

Encyclopaedia of American Indian Issues Today – Publication Announcement

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="572"] Encyclopaedia of American Indian Issues Today[/caption]   I am pleased to share with you the news that the Encyclopaedia of American Indian Issues Today, edited by Russell M. Lawson, has been published.  This two volume set, aimed at libraries and educational ...

Daniel Boone and Others - Voices from the American Frontier

Firsthand Accounts of the American Frontier

Discover Firsthand Accounts of the American Frontier Probably the most exciting thing about studying history is the chance to read old documents.  These sources can be problematic, stating one thing whilst implying another, but they nevertheless provide us with our best insight into the past and, as such, they are easily ...

Best of 2012

Best of 2012 (History and American Studies)

With 2013 almost upon us  I cannot think of a better time to have a look back at some of the (history and American Studies) articles, lectures, and podcasts I've posted over the past twelve months.  It's been quite an eclectic year, as far as this blog goes, with everything from frontier history to historic pop-culture ...

Superman and Gender

Superman: Action Comics #1 and Gender Politics

I am happy to announce that an article of mine which explores gender politics in Superman's début appearance in Action Comics #1 has just been published by The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.  The journal is a peer-reviewed academic forum in which various scholarly approaches to comic books are presented to ...

Soldiers of Settlement

Soldiers of Settlement: Violence and Psychological Warfare on the Kentucky Frontier, 1775-1783

Violence and Psychological Warfare on the Kentucky Frontier    First, some news which might interest those who enjoy American History, American Studies, and the Kentucky Frontier.  In the next couple of weeks I intend to produce a series of podcast lectures which will be released via iTunes which you may enjoy ...

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