Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Uncommon Sense—the blog

Archive for the ‘books’ Category

The OI Book That Made Me a Historian

· June 1st, 2018 · 4 Comments

I went to college with political journalism as a career goal. A Watergate kid, I wanted to be in Washington, and I wanted to put together important stories at the ragged edges of contemporary American democracy. Instead, I was captivated by the early modern period, by early American history in particular, and it was Gordon… Read More »

Atomic Bonds

· May 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

By Nadine Zimmerli, Associate Editor, Books My job continues to surprise and delight. The most unexpected and fascinating email I received last year contained the following attachment, courtesy of Cameron Strang, whose OI book Frontiers of Science comes out this summer: This card connects one Institute to another: issued by the library of the Institute… Read More »

Further Thoughts on Douglas Winiarski’s Bancroft Prize-winning Book

· March 15th, 2018 · No Comments

This week we were thrilled to learn that Douglas L. Winiarski’s Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England (OI and UNCP, 2017) was one of three books awarded the 2018 Bancroft Prize. This sweeping history of popular religion in eighteenth-century New England is simultaneously magisterial in scope and… Read More »

Meghan Markle and the Long History of American Brides of Color in Britain

· January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

This post, by OI author Daniel Livesay, comes to us courtesy of the UNC Press blog. Daniel Livesay is the author of Children of Uncertain Fortune:  Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733-1833, published with our friends at the University of North Carolina Press. By tracing the largely forgotten eighteenth-century migration of elite mixed-race… Read More »

Welcome Catherine E. Kelly, Editor of Books.

· January 9th, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture is delighted to announce that Catherine E. Kelly begins this month as our Editor of Books. Her appointment brings the OI’s books program into an exciting new era. Its deep traditions and reputation for excellent scholarship are a vital foundation for the innovations we seek to… 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 »