Megan Kate Nelson
Megan Kate Nelson is a writer, historian, and cultural critic. She has taught American history and American studies at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard University, and Brown University. She writes for the New York Times Disunion blog and Civil War Times in addition to JSTOR Daily, and is the author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (Georgia, 2012) and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, 2005). Her blog, Historista, examines the surprising, cool, and weird ways that people engage with history in everyday life.
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Meat and Potatoes: The Reminiscences of Alonzo Davis
In April 1863, the men of the 4th California infantry were hungry. They were posted at Drum Barracks ...
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Waking the Spirits: The Diaries of John A. Clark
During the fall and winter of 1861-1862, Clark and many other officials in Santa Fe attended at least eight séances.
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Searching for Emmett Mills
In spring 1920, three men disembarked from a train in a high desert town. They had come on behalf of their friend Anson Mills, who had asked them to find his brother's grave.
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Making Claims
How claims records and other documents serve as historical sources.
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A Complicated Man: John Baylor’s Letters to His Family
How could John Baylor have done such terrible thing and simultaneously be so effusively affectionate in his letters home?
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Reading the Landscape
For the past two months, I have been on a researching road trip through the West and Southwest—Colorado, ...
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Visualizing History
What can visual images tell us about the past? For most historians (who are not art historians), the ...
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Finding Your Place in Letters
For scholars of American history, letter-writing makes historical research possible.
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Finding Your Place by Looking at Maps
American maps in the early 19th century.
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Adventures in Historical Research
Megan Kate Nelson, a historian of Civil War and the American Southwest, is behind the (Un)Catalogued Column for JSTOR Daily.
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