Daniel Scallet is a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M—Corpus Christi. He is currently working on a manuscript examining the relationship among the Second Seminole War, antebellum political culture, and the institution of slavery.
Posts by Daniel Scallet
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.