I wrote this lecture a few years ago for the freshman introduction course on U.S. History since the Civil War. The topic is pretty far from my research area, and nothing I actually specialize in, but I included it on the list because it’s gone over well in the past. Maybe because it includes a discussion of sex.
So for those of you who have ever wondered just how boring it would be to sit and listen to me ramble on about history for an hour, here’s your chance. Highlights include photos of dazzling Victorian fashions for men and women, some botched spelling and word history, and a nice cutaway shot of a student yawning.
The lecture was filmed on February 23, 2017 at Towson University. It originally aired on C-SPAN 3 at 8pm, and then again at midnight opposite Saturday Night Live. I haven’t checked the ratings, but I’m pretty sure I crushed them.