History from below. To turn the world upside-down.
"You are all together, in the same boat, sailing on the same uncertain sea… "
I am a teacher, historian, caregiver, flatpicker, woodpusher, and revolutionary. I am, in all things, an amateur: what I do, I do out of love. I was born in rural Maine to a family of land-rich, money-poor foresters, tinkers, and farmers, the eldest of five raised by my mother, uncle, and grandmother. My mother's love of language, my uncle's politics of simplicity, and my grandmother's worldly, country way remain the three greatest influences in my life. I worked in Maine as a tin knocker, cab driver, network technician, and office assistant while wandering in and out of college and graduate school over the past two decades.
As a teacher, I share with my students the history of freedom, equality, and democracy, and I continue to grow as a teacher and human being by listening to them as they make sense of that new knowledge in their own way.
As an independent scholar, I am currently completing a study of what the Black Panther Party called "revolutionary intercommunalism" in the context of the early Caribbean (1492–1795).
I live in the Upper Kennebec River Valley of Central Maine.