It has been a while since I’ve done a concentrated study on any topic in American History. In fact, the last one was for my Colonial America class at AMU. The French and Indian War reading list and historiographic essay were the product and were early posts on this blog. Well, its been a few years, the masters is completed, and it turns out I miss that kind of directed study. So I’ve decided that this year (2018) I’ll begin a more detailed study of religion in the 13 colonies. I’ve got a decent reading list (see the link), but if any of you have any additions for me I’d love to hear them.
This morning began the way I would have thought Friday the 13th should have begun. As Mrs. Historian was taking a shower I awakened to the smoke detector in the hall beeping it’s “the battery is dead, come change me beep”. (As I later found out it had been beeping since about 5 AM making Mrs. Historian insanely jealous of my ability to sleep through anything.) While searching for a 9-volt I managed to drop a light bulb into the washing machine reducing it to about a thousand shards of glass. Now by into the washing machine I mean INTO the washing machine. Yep, right into the tub/agitator thing.
The good news was that I was off today so I could run a thousand empty loads through the machine in an attempt to clear out any broken glass that I missed with the vacuum cleaner. The reason I was off was so that I could go to the “Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show” in Richmond. I used to go to the Nashville show years ago when I ran the bookstore at Chickamauga, missed it, and decided to go to the Richmond one.
Truth is I don’t collect relics much, but have purchased some Chickamauga / Chattanooga related items over the years. Today I was really going for the books. There were several vendors there, a few that I expected but didn’t see, and I fairly well enjoyed myself. It seemed like it was smaller than I remember the Nashville show being, but of course this is a nearly twenty year old memory.
I ended up buying a few books from The Confederate Reprint Company and I’ll blog more on them as I read them.
It has been a few days since my last post so I thought I’d catch everyone up with what has been going on since I last ruminated about working on my thesis.
So far I’ve read two good books as background for my thesis America 1844 by John Bicknell is an excellent read that provides a background for where my thesis starts – with the Millerite movement and the Great Disappointment of 1844. Bicknell does a great job outlining the struggles of westward migration and outlining the year leading up to the 1844 presidential election. For my purposes I found he did an outstanding job of covering William Miller, the Great Disappointment, and the genesis of what would evolve into the Adventism.
A Visitation of God by Sean A. Scott by contrast provides an overview of Northerners view of God in relation to the Civil War. Sadly, the book does contain a pet peeve of mine. In several places throughout the book Scott refers to the ROSECRANS family. General William S. Rosecrans led the Army of the Cumberland most notably at the battles of Stones River and Chickamauga. His brother Sylvester was a Catholic Bishop. Unfortunately, in the book their name has been changed to ROSENCRANS – including in the Index. A minor peeve perhaps, but one would think that an academic press like Oxford University Press would take more care in proofing their work.
I have also discovered a new website: TheHistoryReader.com. Connected to St. Martin’s Press, TheHistoryReader.com provides articles and author interviews that span a wide variety of historical topics. Check them out if you please!
AJ and I went on a random drive today and discovered a great used bookstore, Oasis Books. Located in Gloucester, VA (6670 Main Street to be exact), Oasis has a wide variety of books. Their “local” section is great – and by “local” I mean Virginia, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Norfolk, Jamestown… They had several books that I was aware of but had not seen before.
Oasis also has one of the best Western Americana sections and an extensive Native American section as well. Their American Revolution and Civil War sections were the ones that I searched and came away with two (largely to a great amount of restraint as I wanted them all) selections that caught my eye.
They also have Fiction, Gardening, Religion, Biography…all selections that you would expect in a used bookstore. AJ picked up a 1908 copy of Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton.
Needless to say this is one used bookstore I’ll be checking out again and again. If you live in or are visiting Virginia anywhere in the Norfolk…Yorktown…Williamsburg area consider taking a trip over to Oasis Books. Otherwise, you can visit their website here or at http://oasisusedbooks.com/.