History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

When you conquer a country or a planet, how do you control it? You’ll want to literally control the people to prevent violent outbreaks and get them to work for you, but if you’re thinking in the longterm, you probably also want to bring them on board with your presence, your authority, and your philosophy.…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Lethal Beauty at the BMA

“Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” is a temporary exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. You guessed it — it’s samurai weapons and armor! That stuff is also combined with some Japanese art. The exhibit will be on display at the BMA until September 21, but if you can’t make it, take your own…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Lethal Beauty at the BMA

Adult Fiction · History · Nonfiction

Reading List for Human Rights and the Novel in History

The tentative topic for my senior paper is how the development of the novel as a form in the 1700s helped influence the development of empathy and human rights. Eh? Eh? Pretty rad, amirite? This is my list of sources to check out. They’re in order of how relevant they are, (that is to say:…… Continue reading Reading List for Human Rights and the Novel in History

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What’s a Toothbrush Drill?

What is a toothbrush drill, and does it hurt? That was my question, anyway. I volunteer at the Tannehill museum. One job, from a while ago now, was to catalog sixteen boxes of old photographs of Alabama mining communities. These pictures were taken by the Land Department of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company,…… Continue reading What’s a Toothbrush Drill?

History · Writing

The Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged for the Writing Process Blog Tour by CompGeekDavid of DBCII and Comparative Geeks! I appreciate it very much, and I really enjoy both those blogs, check them out! The rules for the tour are simple: Link to the previous blogger Answer the four writing-process-related questions Nominate/tag three more bloggers Here are my…… Continue reading The Writing Process Blog Tour

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama

Okay, this one’s kind of cheating. I volunteer here several times a month, so it’s not like I’m going in as a newbie. However, it’s a pretty cool place and it’s worth a visit if you’re interested in the area or any of the topics it covers. The museum focuses on 19th century iron making…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama

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Reasons to Love History #8: Objective Reality

My Historical Methods professor would be tearing his hair out to hear me talk about objective reality. How many times has he said that history is all interpretation? It is, of course. When you write an academic history paper or a book or anything, you’re doing it because you believe you have an interesting interpretation…… Continue reading Reasons to Love History #8: Objective Reality

History · Nonfiction

Review: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker

This is a combined summary and review of an enormous freakin’ book we read in International Relations class, based in large part on response essays I wrote. Like the book, it is super long, so I won’t be offended if you skim. I’m just saying, it’s totally faster to read this summary than read the…… Continue reading Review: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Disability Rights and Resources

Woohoo, new series! As a future museum studies/public history student and professional, I figured it behooved me to go out and spend some time soaking up some museums. I’m already studying and volunteering, but I’m interested in seeing the different exhibits both for my own enjoyment/education and to see how they’re being done. I’m hoping to do…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Disability Rights and Resources

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Reasons to Love History #7: Touching the Past

I got to hold a piece of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s jail cell. I volunteer in an iron and steel museum. That may sound strange, but iron and steel have been super important in the South. Anyway, I clean and catalog the museum’s acquisitions. The gentleman who was restoring it for display elsewhere was allowed…… Continue reading Reasons to Love History #7: Touching the Past