From the University Press of Kansas. The mythmakers of US expansion have expressed “manifest destiny” in many different ways—and so have its many discontents. A multidisciplinary study that delves into these contrasts and contradictions, Inventing Destiny offers a broad yet penetrating cultural history of nineteenth-century US territorial acquisition—a history that gives voice to the underrepresented actors who significantly complicated US narratives of empire, from Native Americans and Anglo-American women to anti- and non-national expansionists. The contributors—established and emerging scholars from history, American studies, literary studies, art history, and religious studies—make use of source materials and techniques as various as artwork, religion, geospatial analysis, interior colonialism, and storytelling alongside fresh readings of traditional historical texts. For more information see the Inventing Destiny page
Since announcing my appointment as director of the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast at Lamar University, I have been preoccupied with learning my new duties and have not posted any news. While keeping me busy, I have found rewarding this work with a wide range of scholars, students, and community leaders. A highlight of the Center's year was hosting the inaugural Greater Gulf Symposium at Lamar University. Click HERE for more.