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Published 11/17/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 7

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 11/11/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 6

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 11/3/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 5

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/27/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 4

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/23/2020

The Five Best Books on the Confederate Homefront

By: Anne Sarah Rubin Category: Articles

For decades, books about the Confederate homefront were often books about elite white slave-owning women—first Lost Cause-era flowery homages to their patriotism and dedication to the Confederacy, then more critical analyses drawing on the reams of letters and diaries they left behind. The homefront was often constructed as a bounded space, generally far away from the battlefield, virtually...

Published 10/20/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 3

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/13/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 2

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, The Good Lord Bird, a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride—premiered on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs. 

Published 10/6/2020

"The Good Lord Bird": Episode 1

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Analysis

On October 4, 2020, "The Good Lord Bird," a 7-part miniseries about the life of abolitionist John Brown—based on the novel of the same name by James McBride—premeried on Showtime. We enlisted historian Megan Kate Nelson to watch and review the series, episode by episode. We'll publish her takes below, as each episode airs.