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Summer Reading at the Institute

· August 9th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Today’s post is by Nadine Zimmerli, Associate Editor of Books When I was in college, I remember wandering into my local bookstore—Four Seasons Books, a gem of a place in Shepherdstown, West Virginia—and asking the owner for a good recommendation for summer reading. She suggested I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This book was… Read More »

It started with a simple question

· August 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post is from Tim Shannon, whose article “A ‘wicked commerce’: Consent, Coercion, and Kidnapping in Aberdeen’s Servant Trade” appears in the July 2017 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly

Nick Popper, BRE

· July 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post comes from Nick Popper, new Book Review Editor at the William and Mary Quarterly.  By Nick Popper The first reviewers of William Robertson’s landmark 1777 History of America tended towards rapturous praise. In June of that year, a review appeared in both the Scots Magazine and the Monthly Review exclaiming that “From the close… Read More »

Welcome Carolyn Arena, new OI-NEH Fellow

· July 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Carolyn Arena is a historian of the Atlantic World, focusing on histories of native peoples in the Americas and slavery. Dr. Arena is the 2017-2019 National Endowment of the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Prior to joining the Omohundro Institute, she completed her PhD at Columbia University… Read More »

Welcome the 2017 Scholars’ Workshop

· July 12th, 2017 · No Comments

The 2017 Scholars’ Workshop has convened in Williamsburg. Thanks to the Lapidus Initiative, six scholars are braving the heat to work on book and article projects with the OI’s editorial staff. Zack Dorner is a lecturer in history at Stanford University. He is working on a chapter from his book project on the globalization of… Read More »

When Did America Really Become Independent?

· July 4th, 2017 · 5 Comments

Eliga Gould is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and the author most recently of Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire. When I teach the American Revolution, I often ask my students, when did the United States become independent? The conventional… Read More »