Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! Welcome to this month's resource recommendation roundup. If you have any suggestions for next month, feel free to email me at email@example.com!
- Amanda Mahoney explores the history of nurses creating protective equipment out of trash (Nursing Clio).
- Crystal Feimster’s article "Keeping a Disorderly House in Civil War Kentucky" sheds new light on womanhood, sexuality, and prostitution during the Civil War. She recently won the Collins Award for the best article in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
- Ever wondered what Christmas was like for enslaved people? Farrell Evans discusses this topic in his newest article (History).
- B. Brian Foster’s new book, I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Life, goes into the homes, lives, and memories of Black Mississippians to discuss blues music. The Library Journal says of his book: “Foster's thoughtful and well-researched look at race and the blues via an exploration of a distressed and declining Southern rural town will be useful to music and sociology academics” (University of North Carolina Press).
- Mary Biggs discusses her work on corrective landscape planning at Stagville State Historic Site in North Carolina (History @ Work).
- The 1918 flu pandemic changed holiday celebrations that year; Livia Gershon uncovers how concerns about safety affected the Christmas of 1918 (Smithsonian Magazine).
- The hidden history of the first Black women to serve in the U.S. navy is explored in Giulia Heyward’s newest article (Atlas Obscura).
- Women of Discriminating Taste: White Sororities and the Making of American Ladyhood, written by Margaret L. Freeman, examines the role of white sororities in shaping white womanhood. She explores how these groups adhere to southern aesthetics and ideologies to deploy a conservative agenda (University of Georgia Press).
- Sarah Pruitt uncovers the various ways Christmas was celebrated in the thirteen colonies (History).