My name is Michael Lynch. I’m an East Tennessee native with a B.A. in History from Lincoln Memorial University and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Tennessee. My thesis examined evolving interpretations of Revolutionary War militiamen who fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain, and the forces that shaped the way Americans remembered that event.
I’ve done two tours of duty doing curatorial-type work at a Lincoln/Civil War museum on the campus of my alma mater, where I helped research, write, and design exhibits in addition to assisting with collections management, publications, and various other duties. In addition, I spent a year running a historic house museum in Kentucky.
Right now I teach history at Lincoln Memorial University. I’ve had the opportunity to do upper-division courses in my area of expertise and the general survey classes. I’ve published a few articles in scholarly journals as well as pieces for historical publications aimed at general readers.
This site is basically a soapbox for me to expound on matters relating to American history, especially from the colonial era through the Civil War. Historical books, sites, exhibits, debates, myths, personalities, and preservation are all fair game. I’m particularly interested in the American Revolution and the early history of Tennessee. Occasionally I’ll indulge in a post about dinosaurs, too, so I’m afraid you’ll just have to learn to deal with that.
I’m also an editor and contributor to the blog of the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy.
I’m a reluctant blogger, because I agree wholeheartedly with John Lawton’s statement: “The irony of the Information Age is that it has given new respectability to uninformed opinion.” Hopefully you find my opinions here to be informed, but not too respectable.
If you’d like to e-mail me, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re curious about the painting in the header at the top of the blog and why I picked it, click here.