There’s more to every story, and the making of America is no exception. Visions for a more perfect union—often originating from the margins of society—continue to shape our nation in profound ways. These original voices are resurfaced in the book American Visions and brought to life through short films, original sources, and visits to the places where history unfolded.
The history of this era is preserved and interpreted at sites across the United States. This journal visits places where history happened to see how that story is told today.
History on the Road
After decades of reading, writing, and teaching about the American past, I’m setting out to see how that past is remembered in the places where it happened.Medium
Gone to Carolina
In our first lengthy journey of the trip, we head south in search of stories from two centuries ago. Traces are there, but larger meanings remain elusive.Medium
A visit to our childhood stomping grounds reveals few traces of the exploitation and dispossession that took place there generations earlier.Medium