Friday, June 6, 2014
Hi there! It's been almost a year since my last post. I have a good reason: I've been researching and writing my dissertation. My work took me to four states - West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia - as well as extensive online research. I read 24,000 pages of newspapers from the 1850s and 1860s. Anyone who says our media today in the 21st century is biased ought to read a 19th century newspaper. They make contemporary sources look medical in their objectivity. Anyway, after months of work, I printed it off and submitted it to my committee this week. I defend it before them on June 17. Am I nervous about it? Yes, naturally. But I will prepare for it. Wish me well.