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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 John William Nelson John William Nelson (Texas Tech University) is the author of "Sigenauk's War of Independence: Anishinaabe Resurgence and the Making of Indigenous Authority in the Borderlands of Revolution" in the October 2021 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. I did not set out to write a history of an obscure Anishinaabe leader during the American Revolution. In fact, I was much more interested in Sigenauk’s geography than his person when I first stumbled upon his name in

Broadstreet Blog

When Thomas Jefferson’s administration was trying to decide whether it could declare war against Britain in 1807, it came up against a surprising group of opponents: America’s wealthy and political…...

Insurrect!

Transness is a theory of change, of futurity. As trans people, we reject pre-written narratives to build more livable futures. Maybe this is why transsexuality is a recurring trope in science fiction, why whenever transness receives media attention it is framed as unheard of and new. Perhaps this al...

American Philosophical Society

The Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2022-2023 residential fellowships....

History Happens Here

The following is excerpted from David Ramsey’s piece on Fontella Bass in the Oxford American’s Up South issue. As a teenager, Fontella Bass played piano or organ at various churches around the St. Louis area, including Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, which bought its first organ ...

Age of Revolutions

Terror: The French Revolution and its Demons (Polity Press, 2021) By Michel Biard and Marisa Linton At the heart of how history sees the French Revolution lies the enigma of the Terror. How did this archetypal revolution, founded on the principles of liberty and equality and the promotion of human r...

Common-place

Indeed, early American salt makers exploited productive precedents established by generations of people who had engaged with salt resources for thousands of years. This deeper history of salt shaped space, relations, and power dynamics during the eighteenth century in ways both explicit and obscure....

Borealia: Early Canada

Samuelle Saindon et Gregory Kennedy La contribution acadienne à la Première Guerre mondiale reste méconnue, à part quelques études du 165e (Acadien) bataillon du Corps expéditionnaire canadien (CEC).[1] Ce bataillon national fut créé à la demande d’une assemblée de notables acadiens tenu...