About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What Cheer, heathen Yankee?

To my secular humanist peeps in Providence, I present the following. 
According to an apparently detailed survey, the capital of the Biggest Little is the 4th most 'Post-Christian' city in the US -- after Albany, Burlington VT, and Portland ME.

I am not sure where this leaves heathen New Englanders like myself who are in fact 'pre-Christian," but I digress.
You see where your 'tolerance' has led us, Roger Williams? 
I know where all good New Englanders are on Sunday morning: at farmer's markets, drinking fancy coffee, reading the Globe, and making last minute changes to their fantasy football lineups. 
Now THAT is piety.