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, where I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in early American history. I’m developing a dissertation on the intersection of authority, manhood, order, and allegiance on the southern frontier during the American Revolution. My M.A. 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 spent a few years doing adjunct professor gigs, but a lot of my career has been spent in public history. I did 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. I also spent a year running a historic house museum in Kentucky, and I’m currently on the board of the Gov. John Sevier Memorial Association, which provides support and oversight for Marble Springs State Historic Site in Knoxville, TN.
This site is basically my personal soapbox for expounding 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.
As a hardcore dinosaur fanatic, I sometimes indulge in posts about matters prehistoric and paleontological, too. This is an utterly unprofessional habit of mine, but one I don’t care to give up.
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. Feel free to follow my dual Twitter accounts, too. My professional account is @mlynchhist, where I keep my early Americanist hat planted firmly atop my head. My other account is @mlynch5396, where anything that piques my interest is liable to pop up.
Oh, and if you’re curious about the painting in the header at the top of the blog and why I picked it, click here.