The Supreme Court, (Male) Whiteness, and Why Today’s Decision “Makes Sense”

As we have all been hearing all day, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby exempts Hobby Lobby from the Affordable Health Care Act’s mandate to provide contraceptives to women on the grounds that it violates this person’s (does Hobby Lobby prefer male, female, or another set of pronouns?) religious freedom. Some rough thoughts are below. While terriblyContinue reading “The Supreme Court, (Male) Whiteness, and Why Today’s Decision “Makes Sense””

Part of How I Study History in 14 Points

1. When studying the United States’s past, no question, inquiry, problem, etc, can circumvent the all important question: how does it help “old White guys”? 2. If United States History reveals few constants one of them is that all too often despite on-going grassroots efforts demanding change very little changes in the way of theContinue reading “Part of How I Study History in 14 Points”

The Civil War: Causes, Myths, and Sources with a focus on Brazoria County (Part 2 of 2)

Directly below are my speaking notes for talks I gave to the Northern Brazoria County Democrats and Southern Brazoria County Democrats back in May 2010 in response to a very problematic resolution issued by Brazoria County.  Part one of this posting can be found here. The Issue: In April 2010, as you may know, theContinue reading “The Civil War: Causes, Myths, and Sources with a focus on Brazoria County (Part 2 of 2)”

The Civil War: Causes, Myths, and Sources (Part 1 of 2)

To even try to say the Civil War not not about enslavement is to deny evidence and disrespect the Black Men, Women, and children who suffered and died to build this nation we love to celebrate as the best ever, the beacon of democracy.  Among scholars of the Civil War, enslavement, or of African-American History, for example, thereContinue reading “The Civil War: Causes, Myths, and Sources (Part 1 of 2)”

Mastering the Semicolon, Colon, and Apostrophe

MASTERING THE SEMICOLON  Use a semicolon between closely related independent clauses not joined with a coordinating conjunction. They needed to account for White European males who did not fit their mold, such as the homeless and criminal; the social construction of the scientific theory of greater male variability provided a solution. Use a semicolon betweenContinue reading “Mastering the Semicolon, Colon, and Apostrophe”

Must Know Rules for Successful Writing

Follow all instructions provided. Always make sure to demonstrate accuracy, analysis, clarity, critical thinking, organization, and originality. Unless specifically asked for, avoid summary. Always use a creative title. Cite everything that is not your own original work. Unless given the okay, avoid quoting the words of others. Make sure to use properly-formatted and indented paragraphs.Continue reading “Must Know Rules for Successful Writing”

The Oxford Comma, Plus Every Comma Rule You Need to Know

Commas are important, including the Oxford Comma. The Oxford Comma (or the Serial Comma) is the comma before “and” in a list of three or more items. For example: Violence, housing and retail segregation, and limited opportunities were still present but were very different in nature. The comma between “segregation” and “and limited” is theContinue reading “The Oxford Comma, Plus Every Comma Rule You Need to Know”

Questions and Effective Learning

I always encourage my students (and every one else) to ask questions—all the time. Asking questions for which we do not know the answer is essential to internalizing how little we know and to aim toward always learning, and it is part of how I teach primary sources, see #11 on this page. Here areContinue reading “Questions and Effective Learning”