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Decoding the Digital Church: Evangelical Storytelling and the Election of Donald J. Trump: An interview with Stephanie A. Martin

by Patrick Thomas Sam (Stephanie A. Martin) is a scholar of public address and political communication, with a particular interest in the public discourses of conservative social movements, especially evangelical voters. She has written or edited three books, most...

Using the Law to Protect Fragile White People from Seeing the Past and Present

by William Trollinger Women for Segregation. Image via the Equal Justice Initiative. One thing is for certain. White Americans need lots of tender loving care. The latest campaign to prop up white folks has its origins in the furious response to the 1619 Project, a...

Follow Your Conscience: An Interview with Peter Cajka

by William Trollinger Peter Cajka is Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. from Boston College, and before that he was an undergraduate student here at the University of Dayton, where I...

The 1776 Report: A Crime Against History

by William Trollinger An escaped slave named Peter showing his scarred back at a medical examination in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1863. Library of Congress. Martin Luther King’s February 12 1965 speech in Selma, Alabama. Horace Cort/AP. The 1619 Project – the...

1619 vs. 1776 vs. 1861, or, Whose History is It?

by Raymond D. Screws Raymond D. Screws earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 2003.  He also has an MA from Pittsburg State University and a B.A. from School (now College) of the Ozarks, where his advisor was William Trollinger.  Throughout his career, he...

The Rhetoric of the Lost Cause All Over Again, and Again

by Susan Trollinger Statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, VA. Photo by Salwan Georges of The Washington Post (2020) The other day, I was reading David Blight’s fine book, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, in preparation for a project that I am going...