It’s recently been estimated that Americans spend $19.5 billion on Valentine’s Day. Whether you go all in or prefer to recast the holiday as “Singles Awareness Day,” people have been baring their heart and soul through love notes for centuries. In early America, as long as quill, ink, and paper were on hand — one … More Will you be my 18th century Valentine?
I am a reader. Since I was very young, I’ve had an affinity for libraries, for the smell of books, the crispness of their pages, and the music made by the words inside. As a historian, my career as a scholar compels me to read – both widely and deeply – in order to understand … More Reading early America (for fun!)
Earlier this year, delegates from around the world met in Geneva, Switzerland for the World Health Assembly. Debates emerged around the topic of promoting maternal breastfeeding and sparked a heated confrontation between the United States and the nation of Ecuador. Looking for some historical context to the “Breast is Best” campaign? Read my latest article … More Whose Milk? Changing US Attitudes toward Maternal Breastfeeding
When I left North Carolina in 2014 for my Ph.D. adventure in Scotland, a new trend was on the rise. Like many other cities in the state, and indeed the country, my hometown of Wilmington also became the home of several new microbreweries as the trend of home brewing and craft brewing swept the US. … More “Beer is a good family drink”: Women and Craft Brewing in early North Carolina
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Women’s History Month! I’ve really been enjoying keeping up with posts on social media of really cool women from around the world that I haven’t heard of before. It’s inspiring and reminds me that there is still much more we don’t know about women’s experiences. So without further ado, … More Five on a Friday: Incredible North Carolina Women
Earlier this year I made the decision to read more books by and about women. While this was meant to apply to my selection of fiction for the year, it has also sparked interest in reading more nonfiction by women–both for work and for relaxation. Besides, women also know history! Last weekend I began reading … More All the single ladies? Reading single women in early America