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October 16, 2018

I haven't published a reading list in ages, but I have been doing plenty of reading nonetheless. 

I am on Fall Break this week. This might be obvious to regular readers of my blog since I have written two essays back to back for the first time since the summer. I'm also...

July 22, 2018

Recently, I have enjoyed seeing folks on Facebook share their favorite books. I have always contended that one can tell much about another by the books they read. One of my favorite ways of getting to know my students, for example, is to ask what they are reading. The...

May 14, 2018

I generally embark upon the summer with an ambitious reading list, and this year is no exception. Once I submit final grades and work through the end-of-semester obstacles, I start looking for a good book to clear my head and renew my love of reading. I read a lot, but...

February 11, 2018

I grew up in a household where the "N" word was used regularly. When the Civil War came up at school - and it did often - it was described by most of my teachers as "The War of Northern Aggression." It was not about slavery, they said, but about states' rights, whateve...

February 8, 2018

I first compiled this list in July of 2017 in order to address the frequent number of requests I receive for a list of books that might help readers better understand Appalachia. This is meant to be a short list of essential reading for those who want to understand the...

February 6, 2018

In an increasingly anti-intellectual political climate, it is more important than ever for us to read books. 

While there are millions of pages of words available online, it is becoming more difficult every day to cut through the clutter, the clickbait, and the falsehoo...

August 20, 2017

Many of the regular readers of my blog know that, by training, I'm an historian. I teach at Brevard College, a small liberal arts college in the mountains of western North Carolina. When I was first hired at Brevard, it was to teach out a Civil War course for a faculty...

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