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The Octo

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Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

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 [caption id="attachment_2171" align="alignleft" width="217"] A hogshead. Photo taken by Melissa Morris in Colonial Williamsburg.[/caption] For the last two months I have researched my dissertation project about seventeenth-century tobacco cultivation and trade as an Omohun

Age of Revolutions

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Caitlin Fitz, Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions. New York: W.W. Norton, 2016. 368 pages. Hardback. In conjunction with W.W. Norton and Caitlin Fitz, Age of Revolutions is proud to offer its third revolutionary raffle. Subscribe to the website in order to...

The Republic (SHEAR)


The Republic (TR): For those who haven’t read your article, would you provide a synopsis? Rebeccah Bechtold (RB): “A Revolutionary Soundscape: Musical Reform and the Science of Sound in Early America, 1760–1840” examines how the growing accessibility of music in the mid eighteenth centu...

Imperial and Global Forum


  Adam Nadeau University of New Brunswick Review of Jonathan Eacott, Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600–1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. $45.00 (Cloth). Jonathan Eacott’s Selling Empire: India in… More...

Borealia: Early Canada

Borealia Octo

Aaron Willis The relationship between Britain and supranational structures has consistently raised questions of authority and sovereignty. While the E.U. has provided the most recent theatre for debates over these political concepts, in the eighteenth century it was the expanding empire that generat...

African American Intellectual History Society


As a scholar of African American history, I teach students about the experience of Africans in the Americas. Through survey courses and upper level undergraduate courses I teach students more than names and dates or contribution/compensatory history.1 For example, I take time to share this differenc...

The Junto


Casey Schmitt ruminates on the relationship between research and the digital turn....

Boston 1775


Mount Vernon just shared an interview with Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone about their recently published book, Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle. Here’s the authors’ positive appraisal of how Gen. Charles Lee behaved as a battlefield c...