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A fresh look at early Quaker history

· February 8th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Today’s post comes from Geoffrey Plank, professor of History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His article “Quakers as Political Players in Early America” appears in the January 2017 edition of the William and Mary Quarterly.    I have been studying early Quaker history, with increasing intensity, for more than fifteen years now.… Read More »

Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists

· January 25th, 2017 · No Comments

The third annual conference of the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists meets this coming Saturday, January 28, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. All are welcome. Founded in 2014 in order to provide a forum for the wealth of scholarship focused on early American history in Virginia, the group meets at least once a… Read More »

OI colloq series begins February 7

· January 11th, 2017 · No Comments

The Omohundro Institute’s colloquium series resumes February 7 with a presentation by Greta LaFleur (Yale University) entitled “The Complexion of Sodomy.” The OI’s colloquium series convenes up to six times per semester to discuss projects in progress. Papers are pre-circulated and available by request. Although only postdoctoral work is presented, graduate students at all levels… Read More »

Clarifying the purposely obscure

· December 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Today’s post comes courtesy of Gabriel Cervantes, author of “Learning from Stephen Burroughs: Republication and the Making of a Literary Book in the Early United States” in the October 2016 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly.   by Gabriel Cervantes When I first started working on Stephen Burroughs’s Memoirs, I realized that the narrative uses… Read More »

The Year in Publications

· December 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Today’s post comes from our interim Editor of Books, Paul W. Mapp. From an editor’s point of view, and, I suspect, from the reading public’s point of view, the exciting feature of 2016 for the Books program here at the Institute was the publication of a good number of excellent titles. Equally heartening are the… Read More »