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Welcome to my (new!) blog. Updates will be related to – or inspired by – my current work as a PhD student of Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University.

My interest is in “things” for children; toys, documents, advertised products, and so on, primarily during the early Cold War period. I study such items from the standpoint of rhetorical theory, with a secondary focus on history. I am most interested in how toys relate to the state management of popular responses to early Cold War concerns; this is particularly the case with fear and anxiety.

Posts may be excerpts of my work, or extraneous thoughts inspired by it. Please note that  although I use images of artifacts, many of which are public domain, all written work is my own and is subject to copyright according to the sidebar text. If you would like to use material, please contact me.

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Faking the News

What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump

Boys' Life magazine

Play challenging online games, laugh at funny jokes, build amazing projects and find lots of fun at the online home of Boys\' Life, the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America.

Interminable Rambling

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.--James Baldwin

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CHUCKMAN'S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABILIA

PERHAPS THE INTERNET'S LARGEST COLLECTION OF IMAGES FROM CHICAGO'S PAST, BOTH MY TIME AND BEFORE. OLD PHOTOS, POSTCARDS, MATCHBOOKS, MENUS, AND MISCELLANEA - NOTE: NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF IMAGES IS WELCOME - PLEASE CREDIT THE SITE.

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