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Recentering Detroit, Part 3: A Jeffersonian Digression

Recentering Detroit is a multipart examination of culture of development in the current city, the ongoing crises and the efforts by residents to define their city, not as a relic of the past to be resurrected or “revitalized,” but a place where people live their lives. 3,614 more words

  • “Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1785)
Thomas Jefferson

Flight of Fancy with Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson would have loved to fly in a modern airplane.

The President who comes closest to the American Renaissance Man would relish the aerial perspective of the world that so captivated his imagination without boundaries. 479 more words

Gary Conkling

King's Survey: Pizza Money

In which we see that it’s one thing to win one’s independence militarily, and another thing to keep one’s independence financially.

All right, kids: so the Revolution is over. 1,132 more words

Jim Cullen

Three-Dimensional Democracy

“. . . faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11.1 (Holy Bible NRSV)

Surely, faith in democracy is a steadfast hope for a condition of self-rule that so far remains unrealized—a belief in the unseen.   660 more words


Time Travel: Thomas Jefferson Edition

Second Continental Congress: 1776

I would have loved to have been in Jefferson’s private quarters as he was writing the Declaration of Independence. Observing his process and watching this important, world-changing document take shape would be unlike anything else. 634 more words

Early American Literature Survey Syllabus

Note: Here is the syllabus I am discussing.

This semester, I’m teaching an Early American Literature survey course (through 1865). Typically, I have approached this course chronologically, having students read Native American creation stories, Christopher Columbus, William Bradford, and so on, in that order until we reached Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. 870 more words

African American Literature