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Sherri Arnold Mehta is a Virginia-born and Maryland-based presenter, educator, homeschooling mom, and wife with over twenty years of English teaching experience. She holds both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Mass Media Arts. Her areas of specialization include African American Epistolary Literature, African American Civil War letters, nineteenth-century African American and American Literature, and epistolary theory. Her area of expertise is on letters from African American soldiers who served in the Civil War, and how these letters constitute a distinct epistolary genre with defining attributes.

“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of hidden knowledge in every cell of our bodies.”

-Shirley Abbott

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Quote from my teen, “She is very nice and she knows what she is talking about. Her assignments were easy to understand and they were a good way to have us learn what she set out to teach us. I would be excited to take another class with her.”

My teen is a 16 year-old rising high school senior who is homeschooled and dual-enrolled in community college.

Dr. K, Outschool Parent, “Freedom Fighters, Freedom Writers: Civil War Letters from Men in the USCT”

My daughter has been part of the Ladybug Literature Circle since its inception. Dr. Mehta is warm, insightful, positive, and challenging.  The material and cumulative projects she assigns are truly creative and inspired. My daughter jumps out of bed on LLC mornings, excited to discuss the material. She has said, “I’ll take any class Dr. M. teaches!” I cannot think of higher praise from a sixteen-year-old. I highly recommend inviting Sherri Mehta into your homes. She is a lovely person and a phenomenally gifted teacher.

 K. Jacobs, Dr. Ladybug’s Literature Circle Parent

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation with Dr. M. She was highly engaging and informative. Her passion for teaching is exemplified by her profound knowledge in history and writing!”

Lance Williams, Projects Director, Kent State University

Latest from the Blog

“I’m well and doing well as a soldier can expect…”

“I’m well and doing well as a soldier can expect…”

Reed’s ninth letter in this collection was written December 29th, 1864 while he and his regiment were in Beaufort, South Carolina. His letter opens with acknowledging the receipt of his mother’s last letter. We also find that Reed has made good on his promise to send his family some money. While he does not divulge the amount, he does relay his...

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PVT. JEFFERSON MICHIE, 29TH ILLINOIS USCI

PVT. JEFFERSON MICHIE, 29TH ILLINOIS USCI

“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.” Shirley Abbott This is the story of how a hobby became a personal obsession, morphed into a professional direction and dissertation, and has become a life’s mission....

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Freedom by sword and pen…

Freedom by sword and pen…

Freedom Fighters, Freedom Writers “Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your children’s children.”— Deuteronomy 4:9. Welcome to this blog dedicated to Jefferson R. Michie and devoted to sharing the letters, lives, and images of black men who served in...

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