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Feeds from popular blogs selected by Katy Telling, Ph.D. candidate at William & Mary, and Joseph M. Adelman, Assistant Editor, Digital Initiatives

Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

With this post, Uncommon Sense inaugurates a planned series of conversations with OI book authors about how their work relates to the American Revolution. It is one of the ways in which the OI is contributing to the Semiquincentennial, the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. In its eight decades, the OI has published approximately forty books related to independence, the American Revolution, and related topics as part of its mission to explore Vast Ea

Gotham

Dutch-American Stories: The Tale of the White Horse: The First Slave Trading Voyage to New NetherlandBy Dennis J. MaikaThe first direct shipment of enslaved Africans arrived in New Amsterdam in 1655. The voyage of the White Horse came in the wake of significant changes in the Dutch Atlantic. ...

American Philosophical Society

The Center for Digital Scholarship is currently preparing a project on women in science. This project will create a digital interface for exploring networks of women scientists in the collections of the American Philosophical Society. As part of this project, we are hunting down any mention of women...

Witches of Massachusetts Bay

For almost 10 years, Thomas Carrier lived unobtrusively in Billerica, Massachusetts. And then he met Martha—and his life dramatically changed. In May 1674, 47-year-old “Thomas Carrier, vulgarly called Thomas Morgan, of Billerikey” confessed to fornication with Martha Allen, daughter of …...

The Village Broadside

The death of a loved one can be sudden and shocking, or the inevitable result of a long decline. Either way, those that remain find themselves tasked with the immediate details of death, such as preparing the body for burial, procuring a coffin, arranging a viewing and/or funeral, finding a ...

Age of Revolutions

By Éric Morales-Franceschini Homer’s Iliad, Virgil’s Aeneid, the Hindu Ramayana, the Malinke Sundiata, and the Scandanavian Beowulf are exemplary epics. Extensive, solemn, and rhetorically ornate, they revel in the glory and grandeur of a h...

The Recipes Project

  Dear RP community members, We have, once again, reached our annual break. While we’re away, we’ll be spending some quality time with these RP posts: Jacqueline Soule’s Mesquite Atole – Kúi Wihog Betsy Golden Kellem’s The Circus Origins of Pink Lemonade Sharifa Lookman&#...

Common-place

Ultimately, books are static, material things. As historians and writers, we’re always changing, and so is the field of history. The post Bookends: Two Authors Reflect on their First Books appeared first on Commonplace....