Monday, January 20, 2014

"Integrated Bus Suggestions" - MLK Jr

In 1956, thanks largely to the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr, segrated bus laws in Alabama were ruled unconstitutional. This letter was produced by the "Montgomery Improvement Association" headed by Martin Luther King Jr. The letter highlights caution for all those who were about to have the opportunity to sit anywhere they want on the bus. I find this to be a great read on how King wanted to maintain integrity and peace even after this victory. Take the time to read and share it with others. I'd love to know what other people's take on this is. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013


I would like to welcome everyone to the Carnivalseque! If you are unfamiliar Carnivalseque is an interdiscipinary blog carnival dedicated to pre-modern history. Every six weeks or so a new blogger hosts the carnival from nominations that are received. I've been fairly dormant on my blog over the last 6-8 months due to a career change which, as excited as I am, has taken a considerable amount of my free time. Hosting has forced me to get back to reading and writing about history, which I so dearly love. So let's get started.

Title: Archaeology and History: A Fruitful Dialogue?
& The Great Divide? Historians, Archeologists and the Interpretation of the Past
Blog: History Matters @unishefhistory
Author: Charles West & Hugh Willmott
What an appropriate way to start our Carnivalesque with the discussion of archaeologists versus historians. Sometimes there can be a revival or even animosity between the two disciplines. A series here by the Department of History highlights why early medieval history is "blessed, not cursed, to have two vibrant intellectual traditions working on the same period of time."

Title: How to Make a Cooked Bird Sing, c. 1450
Blog: Ask the Past advice from old books @askthepast
Author: Elizabeth Archibald
Posted for Thanksgiving Day this is hilarious and I promise you won't be disappointed when you read it. Anything I write here will not do it justice.

Title: F - Facial Reconstruction
Blog: Hx: Leppers, Lancets, Lobotomies
Author: Paul Middleton
There are some pictures in this that are pretty graphic however if you are interested in a brief history of facial reconstruction which dates back to 1597 then this is for you.

Title: When and How Geology Became a Science
Blog: The Renaissance Mathematicus @rmathematicus
Author: Thony Cristie
The history of geology as a science has in important role in the disciplines that we study. Tied nicely with the History Matter posts on archeology and history this posts focuses on how geology became a science. It even provides some great links a fuller look into this subject.

Title: Oliver Cromwell: God's Warrior and the English Revolution
Blog: A Trumper of Sedition @portal_romanesc
Author: Keith
This is an excellent book review about Oliver Cromwell written by Professor Ian Gentles.

We did not get as many nominations as I had hoped but still we have some great blogs here on various disciplines that are worth reading. Please feel free to comment on additionally great blogs you have read over the last few months that would fit great into the world of Carnivalseque.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry

This might be a mouth full but what a wonderful group of people I had the privelege of meeting on Monday night, October 21st. I was graciously invited to speak by Charles Gray to this roundtable on the "Regulators of North Carolina" and had a fantastic experience. I was honored to speak to many scholars and historians such as authors John Buchanan ( and Dr. Christine Swagger. Thank you again to all the people that came and for Wofford College for inviting me to this event. If you are interested in the next roundtable please visit the Wofford College website below.

If you are intersted in finding out more about the Regulators of North Carolina then visit!

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