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Tips and Tricks for Recording: Sound

· July 6th, 2020 · No Comments

By Liz Covart The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world to adapt from in-person activities, such as work and school, to at-home activities. With many museums and institutions moving their public programming online and educators moving their teaching online, I’ve seen a lot of questions about mics, lighting, and sound floating around on Twitter. These… Read More »

The Many Meanings of the Fourth of July

· July 2nd, 2020 · 1 Comment

Over the past few years, we’ve steadily grown our collection of readings related to U.S. Independence Day as well as Ben Franklin’s World episodes detailing the early American history of the Fourth of July. It’s time we put it all in one place.  Frederick Douglass famously questioned Americans in 1852, “What to a Slave is… Read More »

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 »