By Anthony Wood Jess Lee Brooks played quiet, competent, and understanding men in nearly a dozen Hollywood productions during the 1930s and 40s. As the sheriff in the all-black western, Two Gun Man from Harlem (1938), Brooks slowly entered the saloon where a murder had taken place. The deputies, bar keep, and the comic cook … More Jess Lee Brooks: A Black Western Actor in the Narrative of the American West
by Jen Dunn The Animas River in Colorado before and after an EPA contractor accidentally breached a dam that led to a toxic spill. Image Credit: Lawrence University In the second half of the twentieth century, the ramifications of our rampant, and often unregulated, industrialization dramatically materialized across the American landscape. The citizens of … More Superfund Me
News has reached us, through Nursing Clio from whom this paragraph is taken, that a historian of women’s health is being attacked online after her work was featured on a Fox News program. We at High Altitude History stand in solidarity with our colleague. Historical inquiry should never lead to harassment or threats, and we will … More Attacks on Historian of Women’s Health
by Jill Falcon Mackin Living in the most racially charged era since the Civil Rights Movement, we as educators might ask ourselves what we are doing to make things better. At a time when state violence in the form of police brutality on Blacks and Native Americans is a prevalent issue, institutional campaigns to celebrate diversity … More Who Do We Think We Are?
Last week, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle published an article featuring The Festival of the West, an event that commemorated MSU’s new Center for Western Lands & People. The article prominently features graduate student research, including American studies doctoral candidate Nancy Mahoney. Read the full article here.
By Skyeler Huntsman BDSM has dark and disturbing imagery. A dark, dungeon-like room filled with chains, whips, and cages. Critics use this imagery to claim BDSM is anti-woman and to continue heteronormative gender norms. These portrayals are wrong and destroy and ignore the history of BDSM. The history of BDSM is complicated and revolutionary, a … More The Extended History of BDSM
By Anthony Wood I have always been curious why footage of a policeman shooting an unarmed black man in the back does not incite more rage and indignation from compassionate, even somewhat liberal westerners. Why, when the immorality of the event is without question, do we still encounter so many people whose first reaction is … More Why Black History Matters in White Places