My Copy of Southern Scoundrels Arrived, Apr 15, 2021
Jeff made me do it. I forget precisely how the conversation started, but some time ago (maybe 2017 or earlier), my Lamar History Department colleague Jeff Forret mentioned an idea for an anthology on the scoundrels of Southern capitalism. I immediately thought of my third-great grandfather William G. Cheeney, and I related his history of burglary, credit-dodging, and dubious claims of developing a Civil War submarine. The story may have been interesting, but when Jeff suggested that I might contribute to the collection, I balked. I did not think I had enough data on Cheeney to make a meaningful contribution to scholarship that lies outside within my field of study. Jeff apparently recognized something within Cheeney's story and insisted, and so I relented. Jeff hand-delivered the results today, and I am pleased to be a part of it. Special thanks to my cousins and family historians Paige Walk and Gloria Clark who discovered that "Cheeney" was an alias. For more information see "William G. Cheeney" page.
"East Peters Out" Article Revisions Submitted, Mar 17, 2021
I have submitted revisions to my article, "'Where the East Peters Out: Dallas, Fort Worth, and Regional Branding in the Great Southwest," to Anne Hyde and Alexander Finkelstein who are putting together an anthology on regionalism for the University of Nebraska Press. Although I worked on it most of last year, I had been reluctant to mention it because I was not confident that it would come together. It covers territory that I had little experience researching, and I was not sure I had anything to add to the discussion about region, especially considering my aversion to the concept. With the guidance of Anne and Alex, however, I think the article will have something interesting to contribute, and I am looking forward to input from peer readers. For more information see "East Peters Out" page.