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Alexis Coe
For history cranks and fiends.
Created 16 Nov 2020
  • On Popular History: Rebecca Traister
    01 May 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to Popular History Month! Here’s the schedule: April 24: Introduction May 1: Rebecca Traister May 8: Jamelle Bouie May 12: Rebecca Onion May 15: T.J. Stiles May 22: Pamela Newkirk May 26: Bria...
  • On Popular History
    24 Apr 2021 • 1 min read
    Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert When it comes to talking craft and process, history is a rare but esteemed guest of the American literary community. The Paris Revi...
  • Kaitlyn Greenidge on a 19th century hairdresser
    17 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I asked Kaitlyn Greenidge to do a newsletter takeover in celebration of her latest book, Libertie. A couple of years ago, I met Kaitlyn in a pie shop that no longer exists, and we talked around the hi...
  • A Crocheted Uterus for Judy Blume
    10 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 6 0
    A text with Rosemary K.J. Davis Since last spring, I’ve been adhering to a strict diet: I can give my research the fuel it needs to keep going, but with research libraries closed, there’s little varie...
  • When Cigarettes Came with a Prize
    03 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    All images are from the New York Public Library. Nearly 200 years before McDonald’s debuted the Happy Meal, tobacco companies figured out that consumers like a prize with their purchase. In the 1850s,...
  • Jane Grant
    27 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 5
    Thank you for following along! If you’d like to learn more, I’ve created reading lists on Bookshop and Amazon. If you’re catching up, I added hyperlinks to the schedule for easy navigation. Share Have...
  • Confession of a Feminist VII
    26 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    Thank you for reading Jane Grant’s biography! This is the final chapter. Tomorrow, I’ll send a short note on the project, link to sources, and leave the comments open for discussion. See you then, or ...
  • Confession of a Feminist VI
    25 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    This Week’s Schedule Saturday: A Book I Won’t Write; or, A Book One of You Should Write—Ideally Before 2025 Sunday: “The gentle art of being weak” Monday: “Harold W. Ross for himself, and Jane Grant s...
  • Confession of a Feminist V
    24 Mar 2021 • 9 min read • 6 0
    This Week’s Schedule Saturday: A Book I Won’t Write; or, A Book One of You Should Write—Ideally Before 2025 Sunday: “The gentle art of being weak” Monday: “Harold W. Ross for himself, and Jane Grant s...
  • Confession of a Feminist IV
    23 Mar 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    This Week’s Schedule Saturday: A Book I Won’t Write; or, A Book One of You Should Write—Ideally Before 2025 Sunday: “The gentle art of being weak” Monday: “Harold W. Ross for himself, and Jane Grant s...
  • Confession of a Feminist III
    22 Mar 2021 • 11 min read • 4 0
    This Week’s Schedule Saturday: A Book I Won’t Write; or, A Book One of You Should Write—Ideally Before 2025 Sunday: “The gentle art of being weak” Monday: “Harold W. Ross for himself, and Jane Grant s...
  • Confession of a Feminist II
    21 Mar 2021 • 11 min read • 7 0
    This Week’s Schedule Saturday: A Book I Won’t Write; or, A Book One of You Should Write—Ideally Before 2025 Sunday: “The gentle art of being weak” Monday: “Harold W. Ross for himself, and Jane Grant s...
  • Confession of a Feminist I
    20 Mar 2021 • 9 min read • 21 0
    This Week’s Schedule Saturday: A Book I Won’t Write; or, A Book One of You Should Write—Ideally Before 2025 Sunday: “The gentle art of being weak” Monday: “Harold W. Ross for himself, and Jane Grant s...
  • Take a Guess: What’s My Name?
    13 Mar 2021 13 64
  • “till doomsday for aught that I car’d”
    06 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    The valediction favored by George Washington and others in the era, when it was of the upmost importance to show respect to those who held absolute power. Here’s what period dramas have taught us abou...
  • Follow, Watch, Listen, Read
    27 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Dear History Cranks and Fiends, Thank you for helping me celebrate the paperback launch of You Never Forget Your First this month, and for supporting the scholars I featured. And thank you to Jessie S...
  • Your Favorite Professor
    20 Feb 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    This month, I’m celebrating the paperback launch of You NeverForget Your First by introducing you to scholars I admire. So far, you’ve met Jessie Serfilippi in “Chernow Gonna Chernow,” Kelvin Parnell ...
  • Runaway Turtle!
    13 Feb 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    This month, I’ll be celebrating the paperback launch of You Never Forget Your First by introducing you to historians and scholars I admire. So far, you’ve met Jessie Serfilippi in “Chernow Gonna Chern...
  • "After all that, who is J. Edgar Hoover to her?"
    06 Feb 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    Thank you to the overwhelming number of you who read and shared “Chernow Gonna Chernow” and, most of all, for the support you showed the Schuyler Mansion and Jessie Serfilippi, the “accidental Hamilto...
  • Chernow Gonna Chernow
    30 Jan 2021 • 6 min read • 29 1
    A quick note: My most recent book, You Never Forget Your First, comes out in paperback on Tuesday! If you plan on picking up a copy, there’s still time to pre-order (it makes a difference, but so do a...
  • Four Things
    23 Jan 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    We made it. So many didn’t. It’s a lot to process. Here are some things you may have missed. 1. “The note” In 1989, just before his departure from the White House, Ronald Reagan left incoming presiden...
  • Self-pardons, pensions, and other burning questions
    13 Jan 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    After the streets were cleared, President William Howard Taft and his wife, Helen, rode through Washington in an open carriage after he was inaugurated. (1909 via Universal History Archive/Getty Image...
  • Trump Won’t Be Missed on January 20th
    09 Jan 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    I’ll say more about the unprecedented violence incited by a sitting president this weekend on MSNBC’s American Voices with Alicia Menendez. I was on Fox with Evan Axelbank last night. Over at Town and...
  • "Squirrels' troublesome little bones" are on the NYE menu
    30 Dec 2020 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Clara Bow (circa 1920 via Bettman/Getty) Dear History Cranks and Fiends, I’ve got your historic New Year’s Eve feast covered, with recipes below my signature. For libations, I turned to Karen Abbott, ...
  • The Washington Post's Alexandra Petri
    26 Dec 2020 • 10 min read • 3 0
    People often ask me an impossible question: Who’s your favorite president?" Favorite for what? Policies? Effectiveness? Lasting good? Even with specific criteria, I still struggle with “favorite.” I d...
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