Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

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Selling Empire and the 1760s Textile Debate

· September 24th, 2018 · No Comments

Today’s post is part of our series marking the 75th anniversary of the Omohundro Institute by exploring the OI books that have had an impact on a scholar’s life. by Abby Chandler This particular story begins at the Newport Historical Society in the summer of 2005. I had just completed the first year of a… Read More »

OI History: Tales from Former Apprentices, Part 3

· September 19th, 2018 · No Comments

As part of our seventy-fifth anniversary, we at the Omohundro Institute continue to reflect on what makes our institution such a special place. One of those things is our Apprenticeship in Historical Editing. Today’s guest post comes from former apprentice Anna Roberts who is now a Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Montpelier. By Anna… Read More »

OI Books: Shifting the Conversation on Slavery

· September 4th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Today’s post is part of our series marking the 75th anniversary of the Omohundro Institute by exploring the OI books that have had an impact on a scholar’s life. by Abigail Swingen The pages of my copy of Richard S. Dunn’s Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies… Read More »

From “Eureka!” to footnotes

· August 29th, 2018 · No Comments

This post comes to us from Sarah L. H. Gronningsater (University of Pennsylvania), author of “‘Expressly Recognized by Our Election Laws’: Certificates of Freedom and the Multiple Fates of Black Citizenship in the Early Republic” in the July 2018 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. She responds to the question How does your essay in the WMQ relate to… Read More »