This Week in American History

TWEAHAlright folks, it’s time for another roundup of links from the past seven days. New England is finally dethawing from Nemo, Valentines Day was celebrated, the Dunk Contest was held, and spring is only a month away, so I’d say things are looking up.

The newest issue of Journal of American History is now available online, so your bedside reading for the next week is ready. Make sure to read Nathalie Caron and Naomi Wulf’s thoughtful “American Enlightenments: Continuity and Renewal,” as well as our own Joseph Adelman’s overview of some important new online resources.

Over at the excellent U.S. Intellectual History Blog, there was a vibrant debate over the boundaries of the field. Nils Gilman offered a pretty rigid “qualitative” analysis of “text-based” interpretation, and Edward J. Blum offered a thoughtful response. Sparks flew both on the blog and in an explosive discussion on Twitter, Storified by our own Michael Hattem. 

Newest issue of Common-place is online, and is a fantastic collection of musical analysis. Don’t miss our own Glenda Goodman writing smart things and sharing cool music.

You don’t mess with Connecticut—especially their history. Connecticut congressman fumes over Spielburg’s Gettysburg depicting the state as split on the 14th Amendment.

In case you haven’t seen it, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will have major restrictions to their collections during the summer. I’m fairly certain this is because they knew I was planning on doing my research there this June, which is pretty rude.

Edwin Mellen Press is suing a university librarian for his negative comments about their books on a blog. In an unrelated note, The Junto would like to remind all publisers that we have nothing but the highest regards for their work.

Part of Obama’s State of the Union Address dealt with federal funding for education, as well as a plea for affordable tuition, which I’m sure will go over smoothly.

A fantastic dialogue on the importance of Liberal Arts, which is pertinent given the previous link, with posts from Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn at USIH and Mark Cheathem at Jacksonian America. It’s obvious to me that all undergrads should major in history, but I could be biased. (We could all agree, though there there should probably be less PhDs in history, but that’s only because we’d like to see graduates, like, make enough money to feed their children.)

Also, if you do get to teach at the university level, be aware that your students may not be properly prepared for your classes.

What’s cooler than a large library of old books? Very little, that’s what. Check out David Gary’s fascinating two posts on Rufus King’s library.

Still looking for a perfect valentine’s gift for that special someone? You’re in luck: share with them some great historical insights into the early celebrations of the holiday, courtesy of Religion in American History.

Even in a nation so in need of compromise, I’d be willing to bet that heralding the Constitution’s three-fifths compromise as a shining example of America’s political history isn’t the answer.

Oh, and in case you missed it, the Pope resigned. (Though it’s not the first time it has happened.)

What’d I miss? (Plenty, most likely.) Share your favorite links in the comments.

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