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Uncommon Sense - the blog

The OI is pleased to support the attendance of these emerging scholars at the Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) & the Convening of the International Congress of African and African Diaspora Studies (ICAADS), August 2-5, 2023, at the University of Ghana–Legon, Accra, Ghana. The OI is supporting scholars on the following panels: Decolonializing Epistemes in the Afro-Americas: Dissidents' Interventions into The Coloniality of Knowledg

Connecticut History

At a time when most universities accepted only men, Connecticut College for Women provided a liberal arts education for women....

Baltimore Histories Weekly

BHW 34: September 23, 2023 Reflecting on the significance of Baltimore’s almshouse in 1833, self-described “civil engineer” Charles Varle wrote, “the present large and elegant Alm’s House [sic]… in point of extent, convenience, and beauty of location, certainly is not surpassed by any si...

Newport Historical Society

This year marks the 180th anniversary of the Dorr Rebellion, which is considered the most significant constitutional and political event to occur in Rhode Island history. On Thursday November 17, 2022 at 5:30pm, historian Erik J. Chaput will present the talk “A Tempest in a Teapot: Political Comba...

First Draft

In January 1955, a group of African American women gathered at 2100 Dryades Street to form the Metropolitan Women’s Voters League (MWVL). Their purpose, as stated in the Louisiana Weekly, was to...

History for All the People

This post was written by Isabel Bossing, Military Collections Intern. It is a follow-up to a blog post from September 5, 2023, which you can read here. Hello, my name is Isabel Bossing, and I was the Military Collections Intern for the summer of 2023. During my internship at the State Archives of No...


To judge from the Concord collection, the public forum of antebellum America was no model of democratic deliberation. The post Fighting Words: The Pamphlets of a Democratic Revolution appeared first on Commonplace....