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Blogging Early America

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 Janine Yorimoto Boldt "My Will is that none of the Pictures of what Sort Soever be Removed out of my Dwelling Hall." With those words, Henry Custis (ca. 1677-1733) of Northampton County, Virginia clearly stated his intention that the family portraits (and any other pictures) should remain with his house in perpetuity. Custis would be disappointed that neither his house nor his painting collection remains intact. But other families with deep colonial roots continue to live with both their pictur


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Witchcraft in New Spain

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Women at the Center

Since its completion in 1818, John Trumbull’s “Signing of the Declaration of Independence” remains one of the most recognizable paintings among Americans. Commissioned by Congress with the intent of housing it in the United States Capitol, Trumbull took several creative liberties t...

Clements Library Chronicles

Louis Miller, Curatorial Assistant at the Clements Library, summarizes our recent collaborative discussion program. The Clements Library hosted its second ever Contemporary Issues Discussion event on October 30, 2019, in collaboration with the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and the Sinde...

Nursing Clio

One of the wearying inevitabilities of 2018 was that even the most cursory glance at the news was likely to bring you a fresh tale of sexual assault — in politics, the entertainment industry and, closer to home for me, academia. Much of the resulting commentary was almost as jarring as the new...

Black Perspectives

November 25-29, 2019 Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is hosting an online roundtable on Adom Getachew’s Worldmaking...

The Junto

Call for Papers for The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age...