reflections on race, religion, history & social change

January 31, 2018

This arrived in the mail yesterday, and after perusing the prologue just now, man oh man, am I looking forward to reading this!

I continue to benefit enormously from Steven Hahn's innovative approach in A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural So...

September 29, 2016

I was really sorry not to be able to make it to the third annual conference of the Slave Dwelling Project earlier this month in Columbia, although I'm glad that Karl McAlister, one of my colleagues from Francis Marion University and the main caretaker and docent for ou...

March 15, 2016

I just saw this glowing review of Michele Moore's The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston (University of South Carolina Press, 2016) in the Charleston Post & Courier and am intrigued. It's the latest offering from Story River Books, the imprint of the late renowned au...

February 8, 2016

If you're like me, then you often find yourself with an embarrassment of riches in terms of good and important things to read online. Of course, there's a welter of noise to sift through, but in fact the amount of excellent reporting, commentary, and scholarship that's...

November 7, 2014


It's not every day in the historical profession that you get so much truth packed into a few thousand words.

Coming up on my must-read list is Edward Baptist's new book about slavery and capitalism, The Half Has Never Been Told. Not sure if I'll be able to spring t...

October 12, 2014

This morning the boys and I went to the grand opening of the new Florence County Museum. While the museum first opened in 1936, today was the debut of its beautiful new facility, one more element in the revitaliztion of the central business district in Florence, South...

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