Leasing Native Land

During the late 1800s, the Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek nations worked with and against whites who wanted access to Native Lands. Various people, including J. J. McAlester who would become governor of the territory, did what they could to gain wealth. Many Native Americans did what they could to gain wealth. This was not…

Rethinking Elias C. Boudinot

How do we remember people? Do we remember them for their parents? How about their notoriety? The memory of individuals gets complex. Often we humans want to tag a person with just one label and be done with them. We say, “oh, that guy is a bad guy” or “that guy was a good one,” but…

Finding Purpose

The art of teaching is more complex than I imagined as a young teacher. As my own children are entering college, I find myself looking back on my teaching to try to find the most valuable components. What are those things that have transcended my experience as a student at all levels, that which has…

DH: Teaching

Digital history has been a major part of my work as an academic. As I was entering graduate school, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was hiring Will Thomas in a bold new move to embrace a new direction of Digital History. Will had just published, along with Ed Ayers, the first foray into DH that was…

Digital Publishing

Digital Humanities has taken on a different and refined look over the years. Ten years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago) I began working on digital history as a part of my master’s and doctoral work. I was fortunate to have two of the best digital historians as mentors. Will Thomas and…

Working on the Railroad

     Thinking about railroads for most of my life, they have taken on a new identity. When I was a kid, my dad was a railfan. He still is a railfan, but stick with me. I would watch him watch trains pass. I followed along as he built his model railroad set in our…