Is an Adjunct Revolt Enough?

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 6.26.05 PMA friend from graduate school (and a tenure track professor) just shared this article with me from The Atlantic and I suggest everyone read it. It seems that adjunct college professors are fed up with their current (slave) status…and they are organizing. While I agree with much of what they are saying – I fear that forming unions for better pay and benefits might get them a few dollars and a parking space – but it will not solve the longer term problem: the corporatiztion of higher education. The article hints at this fundamental issue without really hammering it home as a systemic flaw. I call for a more radical solution: a university-wide adjunct walk out and a public and very vocal denunciation of the system.  Adjuncts who continue to take crap jobs and then complain about them are just as guilty as the universities. Reform is not enough. Adjuncts should quit and thus leave universities with no faculty. Only then will those in charge have to make some changes. What are your thoughts?

With compliments,

Keith (fight the power)

Autumn Issue for the Americanist Independent!

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 9.43.59 AMGreetings all!

When I first considered creating and editing a web-journal of United States history waaaaaay back in 2009 I envisioned a platform where promising undergraduates, who often have little or no access to professional academic journals, could experience writing, revising, and publishing original history, free from the painfully slow submission and peer review process typical of other journals. Since the first issue, published in July 2014, this course has veered to a slightly different tack. I now encourage submissions from all independent scholars, history “buffs” (for lack of a better word), and teachers.  So far so good.

Earlier this year, University of Kentucky Ph.D. candidate Cody J. Foster approached me with the idea of a commemorative issue, focusing on America’s use of atomic weapons on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 – the history and legacy of the attacks on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Mr. Foster was leading a summer session of undergraduates at Indiana University Southeast who were tasked to write short op-eds interrogating any number of questions arising as a result of America’s initiation of the nuclear age. He wanted to publish their work. Naturally, recalling my original vision…I jumped at the chance. In this issue you will find a couple of essays introducing the topic and – most important – the students’ work in nearly unedited form.

I believe that you will find their op-eds as intriguing as I did. This collection of undergraduate work is a small but revealing window into the possibilities of historical writing in the classroom at the college level.

You can read the Autumn 2015 issue HERE.

And as always, The Americanist Independent is totally and entirely gratis.

With compliments,


Cold Harbor to the Crater – Book Give Away!

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 12.43.40 PMHey – well the deed is done…as promised, Julio has picked a winner from all the Facebook shares and Twitter RTs.  Check it out the prize winning action!

This book, edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney features essays from yours truly as well as these great historians: Keith S. Bohannon, Stephen Cushman, Robert E. L. Krick, Kevin M. Levin, Kathryn Shively Meier, Gordon C. Rhea, and Joan Waugh.

If you were not the lucky winner – I suggest you click HERE and get your copy right away. You’ll be pleased I am certain.

Thanks for participating! And stay tuned…you never know what I am going to give away next.

With compliments,