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A Few Thoughts on Holidays in #VastEarlyAmerica

· December 21st, 2017 · No Comments

by Nadine Zimmerli, Associate Editor of Books “We had no ardent spirit of any kind among us” Member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, December 25, 1805 ‘Tis the season. I am daily reminded of this by cheerful notices in my inbox from my alma mater’s bookstore and other retailers, which interrupt the steady flow… Read More »

Report from a Lapidus Initiative Digital Collections Fellowship recipient

· December 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Lauren Coats (Associate Professor of English and Director, Digital Scholarship Lab) and Andrew Sluyter (Professor of Geography and Anthropology) of Louisiana State University, in conjunction with LSU Libraries, received one of three awards made last year for the Lapidus Initiative Fellowships for Digital Collections. In concert with other OI projects promoting creative use of digital tools… Read More »

Hamilton’s George III in London

· December 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Karin Wulf Hamilton, a quintessentially American story, has arrived in London.  While many American commenters and historians have focused on the “Ten Dollar Founding Father without a Father” and his compatriots, the racial politics of the founding period and the intentional casting of the musical, and the gendered politics of the Schuyler sisters and… Read More »

Histories of Hunger in the American Revolution

· December 5th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Today’s post accompanies “The American Revolution in North America,” episode 163 of Ben Franklin’s World and part of the Doing History 2: To the Revolution! series. You can find supplementary materials for the episode on the OI Reader app, available through iTunes or Google Play. By Rachel B. Herrmann Poor Joseph Plumb Martin. The Connecticut… Read More »

Ben Franklin’s World and Podcasts in the Classroom

· November 29th, 2017 · 2 Comments

The following post originally appeared at Teaching United States History. by Erin Bartram We often emphasize to our students that our lectures, and even our entire courses, have arguments and use evidence to make those arguments. We also talk about historiography, even if we don’t use the term, and show students how historians produce new… Read More »

Planning a spring syllabus? Read this first

· November 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 was an extraordinary year for the Omohundro Institute’s burgeoning role as a podcast producer. Liz Covart, creator and host of Ben Franklin’s World, joined the OI full-time as Digital Projects Editor. While they remain based in Boston much of the year, Liz, her partner Tim, and their companion Sprocket, planted a Red Sox flag… Read More »