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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 Liz Covart Courtesy American Antiquarian Society On November 29, 1773, a group of concerned Bostonians met in Boston’s Old South Meeting House to discuss how to deal with the ships just arrived from London laden with tea to be sold by the East India Company under the terms of Great Britain’s Tea Act. The act sought to accomplish three objectives. First, the Act sought to infuse cash into the financially troubled English East India Company (EIC) by making it easier and cheaper for t

Legal History Blog

A printing press at Yale (Mitra Sharafi)[We share the following announcement from Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. Applications are due Feb.17, 2020. Here are some highlights from the 2018 course.]Rare Book School is now accepting applications fo...

Age of Revolutions

This post is a part of our “Faith in Revolution” series, which explores the ways that religious ideologies and communities shaped the revolutionary era. Check out the entire series. By Jennifer Popiel The bones of Saint Philomena were discovered in 1802. This was not, in and of itself, a particu...

Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History

On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City Interview with Kara Murphy Schlichting Evan Friss’s latest book explores how bicycles and bicyclists shaped the city’s social, economic, infrastructural, and cultural politics....


Penned in 1897 by Julia C. Ferris, a white teacher and local educational leader, the manuscript narrates portions of the life of Jane Clark, an enslaved woman who escaped to Auburn in 1859. This narrative, rich with information about the Underground Railroad, has never been available to scholars, te...

Borealia: Early Canada

[This review, by an American-based scholar, is the second in a two-part series on Revolutions across Borders; a first, by a Canadian-based scholar, appeared on 13 January – Editors.] Mark R. Cheathem Maxime Dagenais and Julien Mauduit, eds., Revolutions across Borders: Jacksonian American and the ...

Black Perspectives

Social media has brought the culture wars to a larger audience and demonstrates how conservatives have constructed historical narratives to...