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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

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Exploring a Visual Archive with Students by Janine Yorimoto Boldt While we are all in quarantine mode, many of us adjusting to online teaching and turning to digital resources like never before, it is a good time to explore Colonial Virginia Portraits, especially if you haven’t already. If you’re looking for a digital resource to share with students, Colonial Virginia Portraits can be useful and perhaps provide a change of pace from digital archives that focus on manuscripts. And while it can

Witches of Massachusetts Bay

Professor Emerson W. Baker on Salem's dark tourism and his hope for historical reflection. Read more › The post An interview with Professor Emerson W. Baker, part 3 appeared first on Witches of Massachusetts Bay....

New Orleans Historical

On December 31, 2019, the Algiers Tricentennial Committee and the Algiers community of New Orleans dedicated this historic Middle Passage marker at what is now the Algiers Courthouse honoring those who perished and those who survived the trans-Atlantic trade of Africans in bondage. In the 18th a...

Age of Revolutions

By Carrie Glenn Doit M. Dupuch & Ducasse à Mde. Poumaroux Pour le compte du general en chef —Savoir— 25₶ de morue 6.$.[1] For merchants in colonial Haiti, prospects appeared dire in the fall of 1803. Britain’s blockade strangled Cap-Français’ trade, leaving only the United States an...

Borealia: Early Canada

Robert W. Passfield What has been termed ‘Whig History’ is a Liberal historiography that views history teleologically in terms of the progress of humanity towards enlightenment, rationalism, scientism, secularism, and the freedom of the individual. As attested by Herbert Butterfield (The Whig In...

U.S. Intellectual History

Can you pray a country into existence? This idea refueled warsick colonists as they made bloody progress through the American Revolution. Certainly, young William Palfrey thought so. On New Year’s Read more ...

The Junto

Q&A with Brooke Newman on her book, A Dark Inheritance: Blood, race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica....

Past is Present

Jeff Cooper serves as Director of New England’s Hidden Histories. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and taught in the Department of History at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Tenacious of Their Liberties: The Congregationalists in Colonial America (Oxford, 1999) and has edited, with Kenneth P. Minkema, The Sermon […]...