Friday, January 6, 2017

Blog CCXXV (225): Author's Corner

John Fea has an interesting series on his blog called the "Author's Corner" For the record, I should note that Fea states, "The Way of Improvement Leads Home is more than just a blog (or a book).  It is a multi-faceted effort to bring history and historical thinking to the public."  There is a lot to this view.  The site has a number of correspondents that contribute and it uses all the media formats (text, audio, visual) that the internet has to offer.  The "Author's Corner" series is part of this larger undertaking.  In these author interviews, Fea and/or one of his contributors ask the authors of new books questions about their work, its origins, and its importance. 

The series started in 2014, but really took off in 2016.  Although the series tends to lean in the direction of Fea's teaching and research interests (religious history, 19th Century U.S. history), it reflects an impressive effort to diversify.  The topics investigated include religious, economic, urban, political, diplomatic, native American, African American, military and intellectual histories.  The time periods go as far back as the 17th Century, and come forward into the 20th and 21st Centuries.  Fea has also done a good job of interviewing authors from a number of different professional backgrounds and stages in their careers.  Most of the authors are historians, but some are theologians, and journalists.

The series grabbed my attention when it interviewed Jon Scott Logel, a colleague of mine here at the NWC, and a former office mate of mine.  (We arrived within a week of each other and were both tying to figure out a new institution and our new teaching duties.  He was also trying to finish his dissertation.) 

Long story made short, I cannot recommend the series enough.  (I should also note that when this blog was running the "Eight Questions" series, Fea had a post on his blog pointing his viewers towards In the Service of Clio, so this is an opportunity to repay the favor.)  Fea states that "Author's Corner" is one of the more popular features on his blog.  If you take a look at the interviews, you will see why.

salvationwithasmile
Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity (New York: New York University Press, 2015).

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A Cloud of Witnesses from the Heart of the City: First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, 1816-2016 (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2016).
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Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016).

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John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).
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A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

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