I have never met Kevin Levin, and I am not a scholar of the Civil War, but I am a big fan of his award-winning blog and website--Civil War Memory.
In his most recent post, Levin confesses that his research and writing interests are moving toward the American Revolution in Boston.
I hope Levin makes the switch.
Here is a taste of his post entitled "Contemplating a Different Trail."
So, what to write about? Most of you won’t be surprised by this, but what I am most interested in are the bricks that make up Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Begun in the 1950s, the Freedom Trail frames Boston’s Revolutionary
history in a profound way. The path steers thousands of visitors each
year through the winding streets determining what they see and hear.
There is no one organization responsible for the trail and because it is
physically laid out the trail is contested space. As a result, there are ongoing disputes about what sites and stories ought to be included.
Such a topic would give me the opportunity to explore issues related
to tourism, public history, and historical memory and all in my own
backyard. I haven’t thought much about the scope of the project, but I
would want to write something that blends a scholarly narrative with the
playfulness of Tony Horowitz’s Confederates in the Attic.
I’ve only just begun to do some background reading on the subject so
whether I carry through or not has yet to be determined. What do you
I like it.