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in March, Amira Rose Davis was honored as the 2021 Sherman Emerging Scholar at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As the Sherman Scholar, Dr. Davis delivered the annual Sherman Lecture, titled “From Raised Fists to Bended Knees: Sports, Protests, and Global Politics.” You can view a recording of her talk at this link. She also participated in a roundtable with other invited scholars about the intersections of sports, social protest, and global politics, which can be viewed here. Also in March, Dr. Davis delivered an invited talk at Bucknell University, titled, “Black Women and the (In)Visibility of Athletic Activism: Past, Present, and Future.”

Davis Delivers Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture

Jonathan Jones, the Richards Center postdoctoral Fellow in Civil War history, earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities and Fine Arts from Binghamton University’s Graduate School. Dr. Jones’s dissertation is titled, “Opium Slavery: Veterans and Addiction in the American Civil War Era.” Drawing from his dissertation research, Jones also contributed an essay, titled “Buying and Selling Health and Manhood: Civil War Veterans and Opiate Addiction ‘Cures,'” to the edited collection, Buying and Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America. Co-edited by historians Caroline E. Janney and James Marten, the book will be published in July 2021 by University of Georgia Press.


Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lori Ginzberg will deliver this year’s Francis X. Gerrity Lecture at St. Joseph’s University. Her talk, “Rights, Racism, and Commemoration: The Complex Legacies of Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” will take place Monday, March 22 at 4:00 pm, via Zoom. It is free and open to the public. Click here to register for the event.


Richards Center director Dr. Rachel Shelden discussed the disputed 1876 election on a recent episode of The Alarmist podcast.

Shelden Appears on The Alarmist

Dr. Amira Rose Davis has authored a chapter in the book, 42 Today: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy. Her chapter is titled, “‘The Female Jackie Robinson’ and the Legacy of Support for Black Women Athletes.”  42 Today will be published this month by New York University Press.

Amira Rose Davis

Dr. Jonathan Jones, the Richards Center postdoctoral Fellow in Civil War history, will publish an article in the July issue of North Carolina Historical Review. The article, “The Life and Death of Frank Clewell, Confederate Veteran: Microhistory and the Civil War Era-South,” examines Clewell’s life to illustrate the longterm impact of morphine addiction on Civil War veterans.

Jonathan Jones

Dr. Jessica Johnson and Dr. Sasha Turner will participate in a roundtable talk at the Library Company of Philadelphia on February 17. The talk, “Body and Soul: a Conversation with Jessica Johnson About Slavery, Gender, and the Atlantic World,” will take place from 5:30–7:00 p.m. EST. Attendees can register for the talk at the link above.

Johnson was the Richards Center’s first postdoctoral Fellow in African American history for the 2012–2013 academic year. Turner succeeded her as Richards Center Fellow for 2013–2014.

Dr. Jessica Johnson and Dr. Sasha Turner

Maryam Aziz, Richards Center and Africana Research Center postdoctoral Fellow in African American history, recently discussed the origins of the contemporary self-care industry in an interview with Teen Vogue magazine. Dr. Aziz noted that women in the Black Power movement popularized self-care techniques like good nutrition, movement exercises (such as yoga and martial arts), and meditation as important means of self-care during the Civil Rights movement. Their emphasis on preserving physical and mental wellness has profoundly influenced today’s multi-billion dollar self-care industry. You can read Aziz’s interview here.

Maryam Aziz

Richards Center director Rachel Shelden participated in a January 9 talk organized by the Massachusetts Historical Society, titled, “‘At Noon on the 20th Day of January’: Contested Elections in American History.” Dr. Shelden joined distinguished political historians Joanne B. Freeman, Yale University; Peter Onuf, University of Virginia; Erik B. Alexander, Southern Illinois University; and Ted Widmer for the talk, which was postponed from January 6 to January 9 in response to the appalling Capitol riot. The roundtable discussed historical threats to the peaceful transfer of presidential power to provide historical context for the troubling refusal of President Trump and many of his supporters’ refusal to accept the legitimacy of his defeat in the 2020 elections.

Shelden Speaks at Massachusetts Historical Society Virtual Event

January 6, 2021 was a historic day in the nation’s history.

Images of armed white men and women storming the Capitol Building carrying Confederate battle flags and other emblems flooded social media and television screens. Resulting in the death of two Capitol police officers, this twenty-first century contestation over Civil War history and memory has stunned the nation and the world. Within twenty-four hours, Civil War and Reconstruction era scholars have cogently and ably responded through a series of op-eds.

While not an exhaustive list, below are some recent publications offering context, teaching resources and clarity for seeking understanding on the events of January 6, 2021.

JCWE editors Kate Masur and Greg Downs “Yes, Wednesday’s Attempted Insurrection is Who We Are,” Washington Post, January 8, 2021.

Megan Kate Nelson, “1871 Provides a Roadmap for Addressing the Pro-Trump Attempted Insurrection,” Washington Post, January 7, 2021.

Keri Leigh Merritt and Rhae Lynn Barnes, “A Confederate Flag at the Capitol Summons America’s Demons,”, January 7, 2021.

Clint Smith, “The Whole Story in a Single Photo,” The Atlantic, January 8, 2021.

Karen L. Cox, “What Trump Shares With the ‘Lost Cause’ of the Confederacy,” New York Times, January 8, 2021.

Jelani Cobb, “Georgia, Trump’s Insurrectionists, and Lost Causes,” The New Yorker, January 8, 2021.

Eric Foner, “The Capitol Riot Reveals the Dangers From the Enemy Within,” The Nation, January 8, 2021.

Kelly Carter Jackson, “The Inaction of Capitol Police Was by Design,” The Atlantic, January 8, 2021.

Rachel Hartigan, “Was the Assault on the Capitol Really ‘Unprecendented’?: Historians Weigh In,” National Geographic, January 8, 2021.

Joshua Rothman, “Mobs of White Citizens Rioting Have Been Commonplace in the United States for Centuries,” The Hechinger Report, January 8, 2021.

David Blight, “How Trumpism May Endure,” New York Times, January 9, 2021.

Melissa DeVelvis and DJ Polite, “The Attempted Insurrection Was Only Part of the Right’s Anti-Democratic Playbook,” Washington Post, January 10, 2021.

Over the next few weeks, Muster will feature posts for understanding and teaching January 6, 2021 and its aftermath. If you are interested in contributing a piece for this Muster series, please consider pitching us an idea.

Post shared from the Journal of the Civil War Era Muster blog.

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