The past two weeks have been busy ones in Early American History! Continue reading
Just in time for your holiday shopping list, here’s our preview of new titles—share your finds in the comments! Continue reading
Welcome to your weekly roundup of early American headline news. To the links! Continue reading
We talk a lot about accessibility in historical writing. Many of us worry whether the academic historical profession has much to say to a broad popular audience. It’s a pretty old form of anxiety. But what do the general public in the United States really want from their history books?
A few days ago, I decided to try an experiment. I collected all the one-star customer reviews at Amazon.com for the last twenty years of Pulitzer Prize winners in history. (No award was given in 1994, so I included books from 1995 to 2014.) I wanted to see whether I could identify common complaints. Obviously, this wouldn’t be a very scientific experiment, but at least it would be reasonably systematic—slightly better, perhaps, than relying on anecdotes from acquaintances.
Here’s your seasonal roundup of early American art on exhibit. Add your finds below!
Here’s our fall preview of new titles—share your finds in the comments! Continue reading
Submitted for your approval . . . the November episode of “The JuntoCast.” This month, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Continental Congress, including a number of recent popular histories about it, its popular and academic historiography, and various aspects of its importance. Continue reading