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Curious Taste: The Transatlantic Appeal of Satire

· March 5th, 2020 · No Comments

By Nancy SiegelProfessor of Art History and Culinary HistoryTowson University Queen Charlotte frying sprats, George III toasting muffins or placing a fleet of ships in an oven about to be baked like gingerbread, the Prince of Wales gorging himself on the fortunes of Empire, William Pitt carving plum pudding with Napoleon, the American colonies represented… Read More »

From Hallway Conversation to the WMQ

· February 21st, 2020 · No Comments

By Gautham Rao This article was the result of a moment of enormous luck.  I can remember exactly where I was when it happened: Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the lobby of the Massachusetts Historical Society, somewhere between 10:30 and 10:45 in the morning, in between sessions at the wonderful conference, “‘So Sudden an Alteration’: The Causes,… Read More »

Refugees of the American Revolution … and George Orwell

· February 20th, 2020 · 1 Comment

By Matthew Dziennik “New York’s Refugees and Political Authority in Revolutionary America,” WMQ (Jan. 2020) began with an intellectual humbling.  It came at a brown bag at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where I was presenting on my research.  I laid out my argument in the clearest terms – the revolutionary committees of safety were fundamental to American independence but they were also oppressive organizations that limited the creation of free and open society.  They… Read More »

VCEA Meeting 1/25/2020

· January 23rd, 2020 · No Comments

We are delighted to announce that the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists (VCEA) will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 25th, 2020. Our good friends at the University of Richmond will serve as our hosts for what promises to be another exciting day of conversation and scholarship.  Please find below the program for this year’s… Read More »

Tea Party Playlist

· December 16th, 2019 · No Comments

by Liz Covart On November 29, 1773, a group of concerned Bostonians met in Boston’s Old South Meeting House to discuss how to deal with the ships just arrived from London laden with tea to be sold by the East India Company under the terms of Great Britain’s Tea Act. The act sought to accomplish three objectives.… Read More »