So what is this blog about? It started out as a regular collection of links to interesting blogs and news stories that involved history. Sometimes I had a few short thoughts and comments, other times I didn’t. Often I had longer musings on the stories, but tried to avoid it. I updated the site 2-4 times a week with new links and comments.
Lately that has changed. My busy schedule has made regular postings more difficult, and I’ve found that the site is more well received when I have more passionate and extensive comments on current stories (related to history). So now you’ll find less frequent postings, but more of my voice. (For better or worse!)
I still enjoy remarking on certain current events from the perspective of an historian (and still share links), but also history related movies and tv shows, as well as historic sites and public history.
But who am I?
My name is Glenn David Brasher, and I am an instructor of history at the University of Alabama (opinions expressed here are completely my own). A native of Birmingham, Alabama, I received my PhD from the University of Alabama. For eight years I was a seasonal park ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Park. My book, The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation was the 2013 recipient of the Wiley-Silver Award from the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi. I’ve also written online essays that have appeared on the New York Times “Disunion” blog and in their subsequently published book featuring some of those essays, as well as for Smithsonian, The Daily Beast, The Journal of the Civil War Era’s “Muster” blog, We’re History, and the Civil War Monitor magazine.
Currently, I have a book chapter in the works for Cambridge University Press, and my next book project (if I can ever get to it) involves editing a collection of primary sources.
Please follow me on Twitter @GlennBrasher