The Week in Early American History

TWEAHWelcome to our first weekly round-up, where we hope each Sunday to bring you a collection of great reads, news, and links from elsewhere around the web (at least the subset that deals with early America). This post will be a joint effort of the entire Junto, with me serving as compiler and presenter—and thereby channeling my research subjects, the colonial and revolutionary era American newspaper printers.

With that, let’s get to this week’s links…


Common-place has released its extra issue, with four new book reviews, an installment of a graphic novel, and poetry.

The Mount Vernon Estate has recently launched The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington. As it is an ongoing project, editors are still seeking contributors.

Huffington Post hosted a live discussion on Thomas Jefferson as a slaveowner, including guests Jan Lewis and Paul Finkelman. (You can also take a look back at Michael Hattem’s post here at the Junto on Jefferson and Henry Wiencek from earlier this week.)

The Junto’s own Tom Cutterham appeared in Jacobin magazine this week, writing on “The New Founding Hagiography and Its Enemies.”

The Boston Review features an interview with William Hogeland, discussing his book Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation. In the comments, Hogeland discusses Occupy Wall Street with David Graeber.


John Fea shares his reading list for an undergraduate readings course in British Colonial America as well as the list for his historical methods course.

The American Historical Association is planning a “Teaching Tipping Points” website that will feature essays and discussions on pedagogical techniques that worked and that didn’t. As part of the effort, AHA is soliciting applications for the editorial board as well as proposals for essays/articles.

Calls and Announcements

The Omohundro Institute is sponsoring up to four Lapidus-OIEAHC fellowships ($500) for the study of early American and transatlantic print culture. The deadline is January 15, 2013.

The McNeil Center has announced its graduate student conference for 2013: “Traces of Early America,” with a call for papers (PDF); proposals are due March 15, 2013.

News and Notes

The Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) officially announced Karin Wulf as its new Director, replacing Ronald Hoffman, who held that position since 1992.

Over at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Tenured Radical assesses Stanford’s new plan for the 5-year Ph.D., with a follow-up post the next day.

The New York Times examines the proposed plan in Florida to increase tuition at state schools for certain majors. The rationale behind the plan is to drive students away from history and the Humanities toward STEM fields, or what the governor-appointed task force deems more “job-friendly degrees.”

This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education covered the plenary talk at the Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting by MLA President Michael F. Bérubé, entitled, “The Future of Graduate Education in the Humanities.”

At Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin looks back on the exhaustive (and occasionally exhausting) historical debate over Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. AHA Today has also done a roundup of posts on the film.

Those whose Lincoln appetites are not already glutted may also want to read comments from Aaron Bady and Conor Kilpatrick at Jacobin, Matt Karp on his tumblr blog, and the roundtable discussion at The Atlantic in which Ta-Nehisi Coates engaged historian Kate Masur, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, and author Tony Horwitz.

3 responses

  1. I look forward to future weekly “round-ups.” Lots of good stuff here that many of us may or may not have seen elsewhere. Again, thanks.


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