Question of the Month: February

H-Nationalism’s Question of the Month series offers a forum for discussing the big questions surrounding research, pedagogy, and practice in the field of nationalism studies and the history of nationalism. Use the reply feature to join the conversation! Email Simon Purdue ( of Northeastern University if you’d like to propose a question of you own. If you need technical assistance with logging in and posting comments, please contact H-Net’s Help Desk (

Dear subscribers,

Re: January Question of the Month

The publications of the Black Protestant press represent one under-utilized source for the intellectual and cultural history of Black women in the South, likely due to lack of access, as most religious periodicals have not been fully digitized. My current book project examines the contributions of women to the A.M.E. Church Review, the quarterly publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, from 1884 to 1924. One of the key chapters treats a long-running (1903-1912) travel column in the Review, authored by a woman, E.

Re: Question of the Month, January: The Attack on the U.S. Capitol Building

Thanks David
Incredible, if not entirely unanticipated, scenes! In response to some of your questions I have the following thoughts offered as a non-expert on US politics:
The invasion of the US Capitol doesn't seem to have been a coup, which would imply organisation and coordination of a higher standard than was on display. If disruption is the zeitgeist, then this was a disruptive event rather than an insurrection, which implies a sustained, and usually armed, uprising.

Question of the Month, January: The Attack on the U.S. Capitol Building

No doubt many scholars are concerned and have strong opinions about the recent attack in Washington, D.C. I wanted to offer some preliminary questions and reactions, in a scholarly tone, with the reminder upfront that these are open for informed debate. The world is sorely starved for balanced academic discussion, and H-Nationalism is a forum for that. All comments, as per usual, are moderated before publication.

Re: December Question of the Month

SUCH AN IMPORTANT QUESTION!!! In terms of "the popular mind," I think of this as a matter of WHY as well as HOW we make Southern women's history better known. I'm working on a biography of Mary Richards Denman -- an African American woman often "misremembered" as Mary Bowser. She was a key figure in the pro-Union underground that operated in Richmond during the war; she also had a fascinating life before and after the war.


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