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Emotional Subjects, Big and Small

· August 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post comes from Matthew Kruer, author of “Bloody Minds and Peoples Undone: Emotion, Family, and Political Order in the Susquehannock–Virginia War” in the July issue of the William and Mary Quarterly.  by Matthew Kruer Early Americanists are thinking big these days. When, in early 2016, Karin Wulf introduced[1] the twitter hashtag #VastEarlyAmerica and Josh Piker… Read More »

Money matters

· August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post is from Katherine Smoak, author of “The Weight of Necessity: Counterfeit Coins in the British Atlantic World, 1760-1800” (William and Mary Quarterly, July 2017). by Katherine Smoak When I started the research for the larger project from which my recent WMQ article is drawn—a history of the practices and politics of counterfeiting in the… Read More »

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 »