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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 Hannah Farber When I help graduate students prepare applications for fellowships and jobs, we sometimes talk about the phrase “my project.” What does this phrase actually mean? Ph. D. students usually use it, reflexively, to mean “my dissertation.” Book writers often use it to mean “my book.” I prefer to think about a “project” as a bundle of interrelated questions that a scholar develops over a certain period of time, and that gives rise to various publications and presentations at

New Orleans Historical

In 1819, President James Monroe commissioned Fort Pike’s construction alongside six other forts on the Louisiana coast. [2] Originally known as Fort Petites Coquilles, Monroe commissioned the fort with the intention of protecting the city of New Orleans from a second British invasion after the War...

Behind the Scenes

A treasured artwork is on view again in the Museum. One of the signature works in the New-York Historical collection, Gayë́twahgeh is a striking oil-on-canvas portrait by F. Bartoli of the famed Seneca chief—who was also known as Cornplanter—that was painted in 1796. It is thought to commemora...

Journal of the American Revolution

On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor Joseph E. Wroblewski about the chance encounter of two legendary figures of American independence, John... The post This Week on Dispatches: Joseph E. Wroblewski on John Paul Jones and Thaddeus Kosciuszko in Warsaw, 1789 appe...

Common-place

The set of 552 images is impossible to describe as a single body of work, but the illustrations cohere. The post Blogging Moby-Dick: An artist illustrates every page of The Whale appeared first on Commonplace....

Nursing Clio

Nursing Clio editors and writers share their favorite books on disease, social anxiety, and resilience to help you get through COVID-19. Cassia Roth: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks details a year in the life of an English town during a plague epidemic. Its protagonist, Anna Frith, will take you...

Black Perspectives

In September, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning “diversity training” in federal agencies. He justified it by saying...

Past is Present

Cuffe Lawton (b. 1789) was a free black man who was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts. His son, Francis Lawton (1822-1885) was born in New Bedford  and became a whale man, who eventually rose to the rank of mate and traveled to Hawaii. By the 1850s Francis was married […]...