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NAIS is Central to Early American Scholarship

· July 23rd, 2020 · No Comments

By Joshua Piker and Karin Wulf If Early American history had a traditional newspaper a number of events over the last months would have produced top-of-the-fold, all-caps headlines about Native American and Indigenous Studies. One of these was the April publication of an exchange in the American Historical Review entitled  “Historians and Native American and… Read More »

Tips and Tricks for Recording: Remote Interviews

· July 8th, 2020 · No Comments

By Liz Covart How can you record remote guests and phone calls? These were two questions people sent my way on Twitter when I asked what questions people had about mics, lighting, and sound for their virtual programs and courses.  In this last post of our three-post series on the subject of mics, sound, and… Read More »

Tips and Tricks for Recording: Video

· July 7th, 2020 · No Comments

By Liz Covart I’ve seen a lot of questions about mics, lighting, and sound floating around on Twitter as more museums and institutions move their public programming online and as educators move their teaching online. Many people want to know how they can record the best audio and video for their projects. Today’s post is… Read More »

Tips and Tricks for Recording: Sound

· July 6th, 2020 · No Comments

By Liz Covart The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world to adapt from in-person activities, such as work and school, to at-home activities. With many museums and institutions moving their public programming online and educators moving their teaching online, I’ve seen a lot of questions about mics, lighting, and sound floating around on Twitter. These… Read More »

The Many Meanings of the Fourth of July

· July 2nd, 2020 · 1 Comment

Over the past few years, we’ve steadily grown our collection of readings related to U.S. Independence Day as well as Ben Franklin’s World episodes detailing the early American history of the Fourth of July. It’s time we put it all in one place.  Frederick Douglass famously questioned Americans in 1852, “What to a Slave is… Read More »

Dreams of a Revolution Deferred

· June 30th, 2020 · No Comments

By Derrick R. Spires For Black citizens of the early United States, the Fourth of July was a yearly reminder of a revolution deferred—the always-not-yet nature of Black freedom in a “pseudo-republic.”[1] Such was the case even at the moment the Declaration of Independence was circulating. The July 15, 1776, issue of the New-York Gazette and the… Read More »

To tell new stories

· June 25th, 2020 · No Comments

We asked OI author Allison Bigelow (Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World) if she wanted to write a post about her new book. Rather than talk about what prompted her interest in the book’s topic, or her writing process, or publication experience, she decided to focus… Read More »