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Feeds from popular blogs selected by Katy Telling, Ph.D student at William & Mary, and Joseph M. Adelman, Assistant Editor, Digital Initiatives

Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

By Whitney Barlow Robles If given the option to expand my already-lengthy article, “The Rattlesnake and the Hibernaculum,” which appeared in the January 2021 William & Mary Quarterly—well, I would probably decline for fear of losing my reader in its serpentine folds. If forced to expand my essay, on the other hand, I would have probed yet one more methodological challenge I faced when trying to access the elusive lives of historical animals: how to use recent scientific research to interpret

The Metropole

Editor’s note: March kicks off The Metropole’s coverage of its Metropolis of the Month: Miami. We begin with our usual overview/bibliography to be followed each week with at least one article on the city for the month. In Michael Mann’s 2006 film, Miami Vice, detectives Sonny Crocket a...

Women at the Center

A few months ago I came across an 1862 letter from William Cooper Nell, one of the nation’s earliest Black historians, an educator, and abolitionist. In it he discusses work on a second edition of The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, originally published in 1855. It was something of a ...

From The Desk of Kurt Manwaring

Sponsored by BYU Studies — Michael D. Hattem is the author of 'Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution.' The post 10 Questions with Michael D. Hattem appeared first on From The Desk....

Age of Revolutions

By María Laura Mazzoni This short essay explores the process of Independence of the United Provinces of South America through the life of José Andrés Pacheco de Melo, a priest from Alto Perú who was a representative in the Congress of Tucuman in 1816. In order to revisit the revolutionary origin...

The Recipes Project

Welcome to the latest Around the Table! Today we have a chat about the recipes-related collections at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., especially the National Museum of American History (NMAH)! I am delighted to speak with Ashley Rose Young, Historian in the NMAH Division of Work and...

Common-place

The set of 552 images is impossible to describe as a single body of work, but the illustrations cohere. The post Blogging Moby-Dick: An artist illustrates every page of The Whale appeared first on Commonplace....

Black Perspectives

*This post is part of our roundtable on Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s ‘Race for Profit’ For decades, historians have chronicled manifestations of systemic...