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Blogging Early America

Feeds from popular blogs selected by Joseph M. Adelman, Assistant Editor, Digital Initiatives

Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

Washington DC and the University of Maryland, 2–5 June, 2016 Traduttore, traitore; translatio studii; translatio imperii. The matter of translation is central to the study of the histories, literatures, and cultures of the early Americas, where speakers of indigenous, Indo-European, African, and Asian languages negotiated what words meant and who had the power to wield them. From nuanced accommodations of Nahuatl to Spanish and polemical land transfer treatises negotiated in Algonquin and English, t

The Republic (SHEAR)


Hello SHEARites! The 2016 annual meeting for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is only two months away. We are no longer distributing a printed program in advance of the meeting. Instead, we’ve built a mobile app for SHEAR’s annual meeting that has everything you need...

The Adverts 250 Project

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This week’s extended commentary post is scheduled to publish as a virtual text just as my panel, “Beyond the Book,” commences at the Early American Material Texts conference in Philadelphia. I will be speaking about “Eighteenth-Century Advertising Ephemera: Paratexts that Framed Early Americ...

Nursing Clio

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This post is the inaugural essay in an occasional series we’re calling Clio Gets Personal, a special and infrequent departure from our typical historical and cultural criticism featuring more intimate stories.  A year and a half ago, I gained a permanent dance partner. That’s what I’v...

Borealia: Early Canada

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Denis McKim The annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association will take place next week, in Calgary, from May 30th to June 1st as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Drawn from the preliminary program available on the CHA’s website, the following is a preview of...

Teaching US History


I look at my syllabus, it shows the wear and tear of the semester: dates are crossed out, notes are scribbled across the tops of pages, the corners are dogeared and chewed. It looks like I feel. Our semester ended a little over three weeks ago, and I’m just now starting to feel like I canR...

The Junto


Taylor Spence sends a historiographical dispatch from Oceania. ...

Boston 1775


Earlier this year Dark Horse published a long-awaited collection of Peter Bagge’s Founding Fathers Funnies. For his comic Hate Bagge was honored with Harvey and Inkpot Awards, as well as multiple Eisner Award nominations. In 2014 he was named a United States Artists/Rockefeller Fellow.The stories ...