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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 Karin Wulf, Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute If there is a year for blue sky thinking—aspirational, bold, and collaborative—this is it. In five years the United States will mark the semi-quincentennial—the 250th anniversary—of its Declaration of Independence.  There will be fireworks, there will be speeches, and surely there will be hotdogs.  There will also be a host of local, state, and national-wide events to help all of us learn more and think through the meani

Pieces of History

Today’s post comes from Missy McNatt, Education Specialist at the National Archives in Washington, DC.   I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. I was promoted from there to the washtub. Then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself int...

First Draft

In the spring of 1942, Adolf Hitler brought World War II to Louisiana’s shores.  Over the course of that summer, German U-boats stalked defenseless tankers and transport ships in the effort to cut American oil supply lines through the Gulf of Mexico. In about a year’s time, more than 56 ves...

The Village Broadside

Most academies taught geography through an understanding of maps, perhaps influenced by Emma Willard’s teachings. Willard (1787-1870) declared maps “the written language of geography,” and persuasively argued for their use in the classroom.[3] This often took the form of students creatin...

Age of Revolutions

This article is a part of our “Revolutionary Animals” series, which examines the roles of animals in revolution, representations of revolutionary animals, and the intersections between representation and the lived experiences of animals. By Maria P. Gindhart Published in L’Illustration in Augu...

Common-place

We are excited to share some Commonplace news! New update! As of May 26, 2021, we are not accepting any more applications for the editorial position or the editorial board. Thank you so much. The post Commonplace Call for Submissions and Applications appeared first on Commonplace....

Nursing Clio

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but it takes a long time to write a book. It takes so long, in fact, that when a new book just happens to coincide with an eerily relevant global crisis, it presents a largely unexpected opportunity for the author to make the case for her work’s importance. All....

Black Perspectives

The recent passing of Bob Moses offers a quiet moment to consider the varied lessons intellectual historians—and others—should take from...