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D.W. Griffith’s The Mended Lute – Film + Director’s-style Commentary

The American Studies and History Podcast presents an academic audio commentary on D.W. Griffith's 1909 film, The Mended Lute.  The video below contains the entire 8 minute original film with a new audio commentary track exploring the racist attitudes which sit at the heart of this ...

Deconstructing America: The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and the Making of SMiLE

In 1966, Brian Wilson led his band, The Beach Boys, into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to the critical smash hit, Pet Sounds.  The planned album, SMiLE, was meant to sit alongside The Beatles forthcoming Sgt. Pepper's album on the very cutting edge of popular music.  Instead, the ...

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 ...

Is the Lone Ranger Racist?

Is the Lone Ranger Racist? Use the Player Above to Listen to the Podcast or Use the Links Below to download the MP3   Since it was first announced, Disney's The Lone Ranger has been a lightning rod for controversy.  Now that the finished film has been released internationally I think it's ...

A Practical Joke from 1794

An Anecdote from Early America: A Practical Joke Among the Indians in 1794

At the moment I am currently working on a new book, American Indian: The Life, Times, and Memoirs of John Tanner, which will hopefully shed some light on a fairly obscure but brilliant source.  The process of editing a document always gives new insight into the text.  Often, those insights are ...

App: Boone on Trial

History Apps – 1778: Daniel Boone on Trial – An Interactive 3D App

History Apps - 1778: Daniel Boone on Trial Welcome to 1778: Daniel Boone on Trial - the online app that lets you explore the trial of Daniel Boone and life on the early American frontier. Like the best history apps, 1778 is completely free to use - it provides you with the opportunity to explore a ...

Pink Floyd and the Cold War

Pink Floyd and the Cold War: Reassessing The Final Cut and Pink Floyd in the 80s

If the recent appearance of ‘Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead’ on the UK singles chart reminds us of anything, it’s that the pop charts can be a powerful forum for grass roots protest.  Regardless of age, gender, or race, the music one buys (or creates) can be a potent political act, allowing one’s ...


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