I'm going to take a few days off here and there around the holidays, because we all need a break, and not to mention that Hoosen and I just drove Hoosen, Jr and his flu home from college. 😱 So I'll toast you with Tamiflu through my mask, wishing you a disease-free season. Don't forget that everyone has access to many of my previous posts (which have a long shelf life!) and Nonnies (paid folks) have access to ALL my posts at the website, and it's searchable. Just click through the title of this post, and you are there.
Thanks so much for all your comments and responses to the Confederacy’s Daughters posts, which are based on my reading of Karen L. Cox’s Dixie’s Daughters.
Here’s a tale to surprise you: Dr. Cox’s background story on the difficulties she had getting Dixie’s Daughters published, from her blog. I must tell you that historians with tales of publishing woes are not unusual: As one personal example, I have an essay in a book that took over a decade to get into print, for all sorts of reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the work.
A running joke? The hostility of at least one of the three peer reviewers assigned to evaluate each book or article before publication.
Me? I’m still reeling at being told by Famous Scholarly Journal in the early 2000s to respond to a reviewer’s accusation that I was saying something different about my subject than the famous historians had (well, yes….)
I had absolutely no idea how to fix that problem, and neither did a famous historian I consulted, who was as bemused as I was. So I took the article to a less-famous but respectable journal, who did their own review, and immediately offered to publish. The article made my name as a historian. So bwahahahaha!
Meanwhile . . . It may be a while before I get back to the fascinating subject of history and memory in the South, because I am committed to writing Non-Boring History on a wide variety of subjects in US, UK, and transatlantic history.
But I will.
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