The Lesbian South: Women in the Print Movement and the Queer Literary Canon

How lesbian authors have reinvented the imagined spaces of the U.S. South through print culture, activism, and intentional communities. Introduction The middle-aged man sitting in the row in front of me shoved his wife’s arm and pointed at two women. “See?!” he said, conspiratorially, derisively. I looked at my friend Cheryl and raised an eyebrow.[…]

19 Facts about the 19th Amendment

Women’s historic struggles to vote continue to resonate as the country debates who should vote and how. The 19th Amendment enfranchised millions of women across the United States following a seven-decade campaign. The struggle to expand voting rights to women resonates today as the country continues to debate who should vote and how. As scholars[…]

The Poor People’s Campaign: Martin Luther King, Jr. and America’s Fourth Revolution

To embrace class as a social movement category is to re-engage King’s consciousness and do justice to his legacy. By Dr. James Freeman (Manhattan College) and Dr. Peter Kolozi (Brooklyn Community College Introduction This essay traces the development of King’s thought and organizational strategies as he came to realize the successes of the first half[…]

After the Storm: Progress and the Demented Quest for Historical Purity

The idea of progress in the West has a legible history – one bound from the outset to conquest and racial dominance. By Ben Ehrenreich Introduction Late in November 1939, Walter Benjamin, an unemployed Jewish writer who had been residing in Paris, was released from a makeshift prison camp for German nationals housed in a[…]

‘Eirik’s Saga’ and the Beginning of Globalization in the Early Middle Ages

The allure of novel goods was so strong that it triggered 1,000 years of trade and interactions among people from different places. Introduction Viking ships touched down on the Canadian island of Newfoundland around the year 1000, at what is now the archaeological site known as L’Anse aux Meadows. For the first time, the two[…]

Isidore’s ‘Etymologiae’: Transforming Knowledge in the Early Medieval Era

The Etymologiae was copied so often by scribes and transmitted so widely that it was second only to the Bible in terms of popularity. Introduction The Etymologiae (Etymologies) is a Latin work by Isidore of Seville (l. c. 560 – 636 CE), compiled in the early 7th century CE and published in its final form shortly[…]