Greetings friends! Of course I have been up to all sorts of things so far this summer. As some of you already know, I have taken a position at a private prep-school here in LA…teaching US history, a sort of hybrid Western Civ course, and an honors course in Civil War and Reconstruction history. So I am stoked. But…I am not leaving the digital world. Not by a long shot. Office Hours, my free student resource geared to helping students with some of the more pressing questions, is still going strong – here’s the latest, on the 1963 Birmingham Campaign.
I am also very excited about my US History podcast (you’ll get the name of it soon enough…), where I will talk with experts in US History, American Studies, and other areas of Americana. The launch date is September 1 and my first guests will include, Kevin Levin, Megan Kate Nelson, Robert Rakove, Julian Hayter, Christian McWirther, Heath Hardage Lee, and Robin Foster. Don’t be surprised if our conversations tend to kick up a fuss…I mean, those of you who know me should expect nothing less.
Lot’s going on, yes? Stay tuned and be sure to fill out the form when prompted to get notified just as soon as things get rolling!
Please take a few moments and have a look at the latest episode of Office Hours Shorts. My obsession of late with these birds has inspired me to dedicate an episode to birds that once numbered in the billions but have long since passed into history. As you may or may not know – 2014 marks the centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Seriously, I think a moment of silence is in order.
I am very pleased to announce the first episode in a series that originated years ago when I answered a couple of questions on video in a crappy bar in Los Feliz. Back then it was just called Office Hours – now I give you…Office Hours Shorts. Think of these shorts as three to four minute versions of a full length docu-video series I am currently working on – to premier this summer.
Today we visit Wilmington California, home of Drum Barracks, the US Army headquarters for operations in Southern California and Arizona during and immediately after the Civil War. As you may know, there was plenty of Rebel sympathy here in the southern half of the Golden State and Lincoln wanted some soldiers nearby just in case things got out of hand. The officers quarters and a powder magazine are the only left still standing from the Civil War days – and I have a good look in Episode One. And speaking of officers…one of my friends on Twitter has noted that this must be the place where all that piano playing and tearful farewell business went down that Generals Armistead and Handcock talked about in those painfully overwrought scenes in Gettysburg. If you’ve seen the film you will know what I mean. Whether it really happened or not is another story. At any rate, please have a look at Office Hours Shorts: Drum Barracks. I hope you enjoy it!
Oh, and by the way…I am working on getting a new platform from which to publish my videos without the annoying ads. But for now, Youtube it is.