My name is Dr. Leah Richier; I graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and a Doctorate in History at the University of Georgia in 2017. After being a Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil War History at Washington and Lee University, I am currently a Digital Humanities Fellow at the University of Georgia and working on my first book on the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum.
I study marginalized people and places, particularly the dead and those considered disabled. I have a few ongoing digital & digitized side projects, including Buried Here, a collection of unusual & unexpected gravesites and biographies of the dead, buried throughout the United States and the world; Lost Cause Damage, a series of individual and family portraits of Southerners, of all sexes, races, and religions, who have had their legacies altered by Lost Cause mythology; and Domestic Tragedy, a slowly building database of murder-suicides across the length of the 19th century.
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Breakfast starts the day right or wrong. Too much food is as bad as none… Each
breakfast makes a new beginning. It should be a happy – gay – satisfying meal… A good breakfast with a surprise now and then, is the keynote of a happy, successful day.
Source: Ida Bailey Allen.
Read More 1927: The Modern Method of Preparing Delightful Foods
Leonard Matlovich was a Vietnam War
veteran, with three tours of duty. He was wounded in combat while overseas. After his return to the U.S., he became a 1970s LGBTQ icon. He died of complications from HIV/AIDS in 1988. His gravestone reads: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
“I believe that we must be the same activists in our deaths that we were in our lives.” – Leonard Matlovich, The Advocate, June 23, 1987
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George’s parents, Peter Ackerly (1807-1880) and Lydia “Liddy” Shafer Ackerly (1805-1880), resided in Rockbridge County, Virginia; they enslaved adults, children, and infants alike; they were land-owning farmers, they harvested wheat, oats, and corn. They had fourteen children over twenty-three years; they outlived at least five of them.
Read More Lost Cause Damage: George Washington Ackerly (2/5)
And George – he’s there, too. Unsurprisingly, his death is more than what appeared on the Internet, that which was drenched in Lost Cause memorialization. His post-war world wasn’t fully cemented yet. He was something else – something much more fascinating than the false memories forced upon him a century and a half later.
Read More Lost Cause Damage: George Washington Ackerly (1/5)
If you want to save anything to remember me by, keep that spotted calf and if i ever return i want you to let me have her again… I want to drop all old affray and I want you to do the same and when i come home we will be good friends as ever. Good-by for the present.
– Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (1843-1864), who served two years in the U.S. Army in the American Civil War under the assumed male name/identity of Lyons Wakeman. In June 1864, she died of infectious disease and was buried in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Read More 1862: Drop All the Old Affray
November 1992: Captain Planet addresses the widespread panic of having K-12
Read More Video Review: Captain Planet Deals with AIDS (1992)
students who have HIV/AIDS attending school. He tells them not to be swayed by lies and fear; AIDS cannot be spread by
casual contact, as what might happen on the basketball court.
Circular Church at 150 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina.
Two photographs of the same spot, but one includes emancipated African-American children (left) and the other is deliberately devoid of people (right).
Source: The Library of Congress.
Read More 1865: Charleston Ruins
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Source: Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself.”
Read More 1855: Containing Multitudes
A Betty Boop classic, this high-definition short film includes a bewilderingly
Read More Video Review: Snow-White and the St James Infirmary Blues (1933)
mournful and exhilarating performance by Cab Calloway, legendary jazz performer, who is rotoscoped into the animation and sings his rendition of St. James Infirmary Blues.