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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 Charlie Kreh Charlie Kreh (W&M Class of 2021) is a History major. He plans to pursue a degree in law after he completes his BA. When I first learned of the Omohundro Institute (OI) and the accomplished scholars who work there, I knew I wanted to participate in any capacity I could. With the help of my advisor, Dr. Nicole Dressler, I found my way into one of the bi-annual guest seminars the OI holds at William & Mary. With the help of Dr. Joshua Piker, editor of the William and Mary Quart

Teaching United States History

Teaching United States History is excited to present Teach My Book, a series of posts where distinguished authors reflect on their work and how instructors might integrate their insights into the classroom. Our thoughts today come from Carla Gardina Pestana, Professor and Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair...

Canadian Friends Historical Association

A reminder that the CFHA’s Annual General Meeting is this Saturday, September 26th. The program portion beings at 11am Eastern time and will feature Quaker historians Stephen W. Angell and Ben Pink Dandelion. The business portion of the AGM will follow. . . . (Click here to read more) “...


After declaring independence from the French on January 1, 1804, Governor General for life Jean-Jacques Dessalines defended the new nation of Haiti in an Atlantic world determined to refuse its claims to antislavery and anticolonial sovereignty. Speaking to the Haitian people – and addressing ...

Boundary Stones

There are fifty-one streets in D.C. named for every state and Puerto Rico. But, admittedly, not all state avenues are created equal. Some are long, vital roadways through our city. Others are historic and prominent—the location of our country’s most important events. And some are…well, a bit h...


One of the most persistent myths in American history is the idea that the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828 […] The post Did the Election of Andrew Jackson Usher in the ‘Age of the Common Man’? appeared first on Commonplace....

Borealia: Early Canada

Max Hamon The toppling of the statue of John A. Macdonald during a protest against policing in downtown Montreal last month was part of a global revolution in public opinion.[1] As Peter Gossage remarked, “this is no longer Macdonald’s Canada.” Some dismissed this as the continued discords bet...