reflections on race, religion, history & social change

November 12, 2019

Friends, family, and coworkers in the Midlands of South Carolina, please join me for a free lecture and discussion about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, published earlier this year by the History Press, at the Greater Columbia Baha'i Cente...

January 7, 2016

I recently ran across this news story, and I want to pass it on. At issue is a possible large development on a vacant four-acre site along the Congaree River in West Columbia, the large suburb directly adjacent to South Carolina's capital city. The parcel is probably j...

March 14, 2015

I'm grateful that the Good Men Project picked up my recent essay, first published on this blog, about the burning of Columbia at the end of the Civil War and the enduring power of neo-confederate history. The headlines just keep coming, and issues of race, class, and j...

March 11, 2015

By the time my grandmother—in most other respects a thoughtful, reasonable, and flexible human being—was born in 1916, the orthodoxy among white southerners was simply unquestioned: in the waning days of the Civil War, bloodthirsty, vengeful Gen. William T. Sherman and...

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