Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Uncommon Sense—the blog

Reflections on the Lapidus Scholars’ Workshop

· August 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Today’s guest post is by Bryan C. Rindfleisch, an assistant professor of history at Marquette University. It was July 4, 2016. I found myself sitting on the curb at the intersection of Duke of Gloucester and Henry Streets, at one of the entrances to Colonial Williamsburg. I watched as families, big and small, dashed into… Read More »

Hogshead Revisited: a short-term fellowship report from Melissa Morris

· August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

In today’s post, Omohundro Institute short-term fellow Melissa Morris (Columbia University), details how she used her time in Williamsburg and what she found out about the tobacco industry in early America. by Melissa Morris For the last two months I have researched my dissertation project about seventeenth-century tobacco cultivation and trade as an Omohundro Institute short-term… Read More »

How I learned to stop worrying and love Reader D

· August 17th, 2016 · No Comments

by Kirsten Fischer In today’s post, WMQ author Kirsten Fischer (July 2016) delves into her relationship with Reader D and how their interaction ultimately influenced her piece. Powerful intellectual opposition to one’s ideas is a disturbing, provoking, and very useful thing.  That’s what I learned from Reader D, the anonymous reviewer who went to great lengths to… Read More »

How to become an academic book editor in five easy steps

· August 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Today’s post is by Nadine Zimmerli, Associate Editor of Book Publications, on how she came to academic publishing as a career. I skipped class in high school precisely once, to attend the Leipzig Book Fair (I know, it doesn’t get nerdier than that…). There, I asked a local publisher—I believe it was Reclam—whether they had… Read More »

An old topic made new–iron in America

· August 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

In this week’s post, Keith Pluymers (July 2016) describes the shifts in perspective that led him to reconsider a well-worn topic and ultimately to publish his first piece in the William and Mary Quarterly.  by Keith Pluymers In 2013 while on a Mellon Research Fellowship at the Virginia Historical Society, a combination of archival discovery and a… Read More »

Remembering Drew Cayton

· July 20th, 2016 · No Comments

This coming Friday, July 22, Drew Cayton will be remembered in a special panel offered during SHEAR’s annual meeting in New Haven, Connecticut. The following letter from Jan Lewis, Dan Richter, and Karin Wulf was sent out to members of SHEAR and friends of the Omohundro Institute in preparation for that event. Friends: We’re writing… Read More »

Summertime Blues: A Retraction.

· July 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments

by Josh Piker There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the evidence suggests that potential authors of William and Mary Quarterly articles read my posts and take seriously what I say there.  The bad news is that, because of the good news, what I said in one particular post is no… Read More »