The Everyday Historian

Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia
December 03
Hello! I am a graduate student in European history, currently writing my dissertation. I hope this blog will become a platform -- an open archive -- for thoughtful discussion and commentary on everything from history and politics, to sports and popular culture.

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This blog was co-authored with Jovana Babovic. It first appeared the future sole home of the Everyday Historian blog on February 27th, 2013

Museums are aimed at educating the general public about history; they are the everyday historian in society. But they also create narratives—nat… Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2013 5:37AM

The Vagaries of "Religious Freedom"

This is a story of two fabricated scandals. The first is that religious freedom in the United States today is being violated through the mandatory inclusion of contraception in health care packages. The villain is not only Obamacare, but the notion that the structure of the healthcare law provides th… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2012 11:14PM

When Marriage Makes Sense

I don’t believe in marriage—or at least I didn’t. With an oft cited divorce rate of fifty percent in the United States, why would I want to participate? Or anyone else for that matter? To me, it seemed like gambling with fake money. I considered the reasons why people wanted toRead full post »

Richard Brody recently wrote in The New Yorker online that Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is “inadequate.” I would argue that the Berlin memorial is suitably adequate and that, perhaps, the high point of memorialization can only be adequacy. It’s not that any… Read full post »

Part I of my travelogue to Mount Athos concluded with a reference to its complexity. I became aware of the complicated nature of the organization and life on Mount Athos because I had to perpetually recalibrate my expectations. The quotidian services provided at Dafni and Karyes, and that the fifteen… Read full post »

 If asked to provide a set of nouns that accurately embody who I am, “pilgrim” would be pretty far down on the list. I would say somewhere between “hot rod enthusiast” and “stamp collector.” However, I recently inhabited the role of the pilgrim, as I and three… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2012 4:04PM

Beale Street: No Fun Zone

This post was co-authored by Eric Garcia and Jovana Babovic.  

Memphis’s Beale Street has a place in America’s popular history as ground zero of the blues, and later rock’n’roll.  In the latter half of the nineteenth century, travelling musicians began to perfor… Read full post »

I’m always struck by Germany’s lesser known postwar memorials. Structures of remembrance built on a grand scale, such as Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, have garnered much deserved popular and academic attention. However, there are numerous other memorials, built o… Read full post »

It’s finally April, and nothing excites me more than the beginning of baseball season. The trope about baseball and spring is true: it is the time of the year for unencumbered optimism. For me, it’s always been the time of year with the most possibilities.

While growing up, I wanted… Read full post »

How much erasure, invention, and manipulation of one’s personal history can be seen after an overview of a relatively extensive digital history? I started to think about this while going through my new Facebook Timeline to shape it exactly how I wanted it before launching. While doing so, I cam… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 4:09PM

What is this place?


How much of a role does place—a physical, geographic location—play in the way we conceptualize history, others, and ourselves? Places do have importance, but it’s not intrinsic. The historical significance of a place, I think, has less to do with an effortless emission of &lsRead full post »