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Situating a Forum in the WMQ

· June 8th, 2021 · No Comments

By Eliga Gould and Rosemarie Zagarri Eliga Gould and Rosemarie Zagarri convened the forum “Situating the United States in Vast Early America” in the April 2021 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. When Martha Howard invited us to write a piece about our recent forum, “Situating the United States in Vast Early America,” saying… Read More »

Writing Time

· June 2nd, 2021 · No Comments

WMQ author Cameron B. Strang examines the long process of rewriting his April 2021 article during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TJ takes on Buffon

· March 17th, 2021 · No Comments

By Gordon M. Sayre, author of “Jefferson Takes on Buffon: The Polemic on American Animals in Notes on the State of Virginia” in the January 2021 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia has intrigued me for my entire career. In my dissertation research I read Wayne… Read More »

Science for the History of Science: An Imperfect Tool

· March 3rd, 2021 · No Comments

By Whitney Barlow Robles If given the option to expand my already-lengthy article, “The Rattlesnake and the Hibernaculum,” which appeared in the January 2021 William & Mary Quarterly—well, I would probably decline for fear of losing my reader in its serpentine folds. If forced to expand my essay, on the other hand, I would have… Read More »

Updates from the WMQ

· January 20th, 2021 · No Comments

By Joshua Piker, Editor It will likely come as no surprise to learn that I spend way too much time worrying about authorial voice.  For an editor, that’s very on-brand.  I only raise the issue because I’ve been worrying, in particular, about my authorial voice on this blog.  I’ve got two go-to voices for blog… Read More »