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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 »

What’s New in This New Year

· January 13th, 2021 · No Comments

How the OI Plans to Support You in 2021, Vast Early America By Karin Wulf Welcome to 2021, a year like every other in which we know that the early American past we learn, listen, read, research, speak, teach, view, and write will be incredibly important.  And yet, like the year that’s just ended, that… Read More »

Defining the project

· November 24th, 2020 · No Comments

By Hannah Farber When I help graduate students prepare applications for fellowships and jobs, we sometimes talk about the phrase “my project.” What does this phrase actually mean? Ph. D. students usually use it, reflexively, to mean “my dissertation.” Book writers often use it to mean “my book.” I prefer to think about a “project”… Read More »