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By Robert Lee Robert Lee is an Assistant Professor of American History and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge and the author of "'A Better View of the Country': A Missouri Settlement Map" in Sources and Interpretations published in the January 2022 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. A decade ago, news surfaced of the identification of a report at the National Archives by a surgeon who attended a dying Abraham Lincoln. The story lit up the wires and led to a pair of d

Gotham

Book Review: Catherine Collomp’s Rescue, Relief, and ResistanceReviewed by Natalia Dubno ShevinCatherine Collomp’s Rescue, Relief, and Resistance: The Jewish Labor Committee’s Anti-Nazi Operations, 1934-1945 is the first monograph to uncover the rescues and aid that the Jewish Labor Comm...

Boundary Stones

Washington, D.C. has been the backdrop for a number of films and TV shows throughout its history. But, at least in my lifetime, one movie just about everyone has seen is National Treasure. Known for its witty characters and adventure-packed plot centered around a heist of the Declaration of Independ...

History Happens Here

As a resident of St. Louis, imagine getting a ticket for driving at least 2.5 times the speed limit in Forest Park. You might think that successfully contesting that ticket would be a long shot. But Rose Pfeiffer of 4809 Berlin Avenue (now Pershing Avenue) found luck after she experienced that exact...

The Charleston Museum

The interpretation at the Heyward-Washington House has mainly focused on the ownership and occupation of the Milners, Heywards, Grimkés, and Fuselers. Because the earlier and later periods, some revealed only by archaeology, are less well-known, we were delighted to host an internship by Judith Are...

Age of Revolutions

By Thomas Lecaque Samuel Alito’s draft majority ruling striking down Roe v Wade is everywhere in the news right now, for good reason. And in the midst of it, on page 24, he writes, “The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditio...

Common-place

He held multiple allegiances during the Revolution, all of which were connected or stemmed from the importance he placed on familial self-preservation. The post Family, Liberty, and Vermont: The Allegiance of Ethan Allen in the Revolutionary Era appeared first on Commonplace....

Borealia: Early Canada

Jonathan Szo On 7 December 1837, a force of 1,200 troops marched down Yonge Street in the city of Toronto under the command of Sir Francis Bond Head, the lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. Their destination was a wayside inn known as Montgomery’s Tavern, the meeting place for hundreds of rebels ...