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Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

The Omohundro Institute is proud to support the Lemon Project at William & Mary. Lemon Project Fellow Sarah Thomas, Ph.D. candidate in History at William & Mary, brings us this account of the seventh annual Lemon Project symposium. by Sarah Thomas How do ideas effect change? That’s the question that community members, William & Mary students, faculty and alumni, visiting scholars and historians gathered together to answer at the Lemon Project’s seventh symposium March 18-19, 2017. A

Course of Human Events

On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband John to "Remember the Ladies" when it came time to create a set of laws for an independent United States. Last March, we profiled Mary Katherine Goddard, the postmaster and printer of Baltimore whose broadside of the Declaration of Independence m...

Age of Revolutions

Brown, Richard D. Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from Revolution to the Civil War. New Haven. Yale University Press, 2017. Hardback. In conjunction with YaleUniversity Press and Richard D. Brown, Age of Revolutions is proud to offer its eight revolutionary raffle. Brown gave AoR r...

The Adverts 250 Project

GUEST CURATOR: Ceara Morse What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “SUNDRY houshold goods, plate, several dozen bottles of old arrack.” Even though eighteenth-century America was built on drinks – the social and often political drink of tea and the economic pr...

Borealia: Early Canada

Alan Corbiere The Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe, Odawa, Potowatomi) have always revered the island of Michilimackinac, so much so that at the conclusion of the War of 1812, the Odawa tried to keep it in their possession. The Odawa suggested that the British negotiators offer the Americans a greater quantity ...

Black Perspectives

In today’s post, Richard Mares, an editorial assistant at Black Perspectives and Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, interviews Minkah Makalani about his recent article in...

The Junto

Junto March Madness 2017 is down to the Elite Eight! Voting begins NOW!...

Past is Present

Do you know what year it is? Well, Isaiah Thomas thinks it is 1812. That is, the reincarnated Isaiah who is currently going into fifth-grade classrooms and sharing some of his favorite books and broadsides with students. This Isaiah also brainstorms with these students what he should do with these materials. He is particularly concerned […]...