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Reversing the Narrative

This winter my article entitled “Reversing the Narrative of Hillbilly History: A Case Study Using Archaeology at Van Winkle’s Mill in the Arkansas Ozarks” was published in Historical Archaeology 47(3):36–51. The article was a part of a thematic issue co-edited by Paul Shackel and Michael Roller entitled “Reversing the Narrative” which examines the relationships between […]

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Re-membering Slavery in the Arkansas Legislature

Mike Carter of Arkansasbusiness.com reports that the Arkansas House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs rejected a standard symbolic resolution congratulating Barack Obama on his historic victory this morning. By a vote of 11-6, the committee failed to recommend HR1003 by Rep. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff…after some Republican law makers (Rep. Dan Greenburg, R-Little […]

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Class vs. Race

In a post entitled “Ethnographic study: Why the education system fails white working-class children” on :: antropologi.info ::, Lorenz blogs about class as a forgotten issue in our culture (or at least in the educational system in the UK). This post caught my eye as I’ve been writing a synthesis of how archaeologists have dealt […]

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Call to Home….Or Someplace Like Home

Below is a section from Carol Stack’s Call To Home (a narrative-style ethnography/novel about urban African-Americans returning to their southern hometowns)…the passage struck me this afternoon–I can’t imagine why (he said sarcastically). I come from a small town in Western Tennessee. When I lived there I was considered an intellectual and not quite normal. When […]

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More Statues… Denmark Vesey: Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?

Check out this article that appeared yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution… Here’s a snippet…. “There’s no likeness of him, no record of a word he wrote or said directly, no marked grave. The slave rebellion he allegedly plotted —which would’ve been the largest in U.S. history — was scotched before it happened. Some historians believe […]

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Slavery & Historical Memory: Penny Lane is in my Ears and in My Eyes; and the Eyes of Texas are Upon You…

Yesterday, the AP posted a brief article that touches upon some sticky issues when it comes to history, race, representation, popular culture and cultural memory. Associated Press Liverpool–Penny Lane will keep its name. City officials said Saturday they would modify a proposal to rename streets linked to the slave trade when they realized the road […]

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April 4

As this is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (04/04/1968), I’ll ask you to take a minute and check out the National Civil Rights Museum which was built in and around the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee–the very place where Dr. King was struck down. As an ex-Memphian, I do […]

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www.negroartist.com

I received an unsolicited e-mail the other day from someone who would rather “keep [his] name and contact information private.” The author of this e-mail explained that he authored and hosted a site– http://www.negroartist.com/ The author went on to explain that: “This site was developed for everyone to use freely at no charge… in other […]

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Differing Development in Huston, Dallas & Northwest Arkansas

Tommy Head, a friend and colleague of my wife (and a native of Huston, Texas), sent me a link to a fascinating publication that I would have never found on my own….In the March 2006 issue of Governing Online (a magazine for state and local governments) there is an article entitled “Land Rush: Inner cities […]

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The Covenant with Black America

“[I]t was the rise and growth among the slaves of a determination to be free and an active part of American democracy that forced American democracy continually to look into the depths. . . . One cannot think then of democracy in America or in the modern world without reference to the American Negro.”–W.E.B. Du […]

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