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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 »

Tracking “Slavery in Motion”

· June 18th, 2020 · No Comments

by M. Scott Heerman In this post, WMQ author M. Scott Heerman discusses what he would have done with a larger word limit for his article, “Abolishing Slavery in Motion: Foreign Captivity and International Abolitionism in the Early United States,” in the April 2020 issue. Through September 30, you can read this article for free… Read More »

Finding Susannah Mingo

· June 10th, 2020 · No Comments

In this post, WMQ author Jenny Shaw recounts how she came to research and write the story of Susannah Mingo for the April 2020 issue. Through September 30, you can read this article for free on the OI Reader. We will close the beta period of the OI Reader on October 1. After that, all… Read More »

Words and deeds

· June 5th, 2020 · No Comments

Sent to the Omohundro Institute mailing list on June 5, 2020. Friday, June 5, 2020 We are witnessing ongoing protests across our country and around the world against police violence and other forms of systemic racism that are slavery’s tenacious legacy.  As people are moving their feet and lifting their voices together, individuals and organizations… Read More »

Global Knowledge, Eighteenth-Century Style

· June 3rd, 2020 · No Comments

In this post, WMQ author Tamara Plakins Thornton recounts how she came to understand eighteenth-century globes and how that changed the way she needed them illustrated for her article in the April 2020 issue.  Through September 30, you can read this article for free on the OI Reader. We will close the beta period of… Read More »

A (no pressure!) intro to online writing groups

· May 7th, 2020 · No Comments

By Vineeta Singh Aren’t you sick of everyone telling you how you should be working right now? We are in a pandemic and research productivity isn’t exactly top-of-mind for everyone right now. And I’m not here to argue that it should be. If you are working through your relationship with research productivity right now, I… Read More »