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Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

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. [caption id="attachment_2119" align="alignleft" width="225"] Drew Cayton--scholar and friend[/caption] Friends: We’re writing to encourage you to consider making a gift to the Nationa

Age of Revolutions

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By William A. Booth “Heaven is just up there; one can see it and dream about it. Up there are the fruits of the Mexican Revolution, the heroes of the fatherland, the nationalized nation, the ejidos of the agrarian reform, popular culture, the expropriation of foreign oil companies, social security...

The Republic (SHEAR)


Dear Colleagues, We’re writing to encourage you to consider making a gift to the National Humanities Center in honor of our friend and colleague Drew Cayton.  As we shared our grief at Drew’s passing in the fall, we hoped for some way to commemorate his dedication to scholarship and teaching. O...

The Recipes Project


By Heather R. Peterson, Assistant Professor of History University of South Carolina, Aiken While there is debate about the origins of syphilis, most Spanish doctors in the sixteenth century followed the physician Nicolas de Monardes in believing it to be of New World origin. Because the disease had...

The Adverts 250 Project

Carnan Advert

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? “ROBERT HARRIS, At the sign of the Golden Pestle, in Second-street.” Not only did a variety of shop signs announce where entrepreneurs operated their businesses, those signs also aided colonists in navigating the streets of...

Borealia: Early Canada

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Adam Nadeau Michael A. McDonnell, Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (New York: Hill and Wang, 2015) Michael A. McDonnell’s Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America is a wonderfully researched microhistory of the Michilimackinac area from the...

Past is Present

Past Is Present

Dylan McDonough, an AAS summer staffer working on the Printers’ File, attends Harvard College, where he is a rising junior with a concentration in history. A native of Worcester, he graduated from Bancroft School in 2014 and has returned to the area each of the last two summers. Here, he shares a glimpse of his […]...

Boston 1775


Before leaving that day when the Constitutional Convention debated whether the size of the U.S. Army in peacetime mattered, I want to address another tradition that’s arisen about it.Several recent books (e.g., Isaacson, Chernow, Beschloss, Stewart) and lots of websites quote Elbridge Gerry a...