The Week in Early American History

TWEAHGood morning and Happy Inauguration Day! Since in early America the inaugural was a March event, no links to that event today, but plenty to keep you occupied until noon based on the collective wisdom of the Junto.

Did a slave named Prince Klaas lead a rebellion in Antigua in 1736? Smithsonian magazine weighs the evidence and explores the uncertain world of slave conspiraces in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

Both the AHA and MLA conferences this year focused heavily on public engagement and in particular on ways in which academics can circulate their work more broadly and participate in public discussions. Writing at her blog, Kirstyn Leuner shares her MLA talk on the value of graduate students blogging (a subject of considerable personal interest to several Juntoists).

The Grio reports on a Fordham University project to document burial grounds that contain the remains of enslaved African-Americans.

J.L. Bell of Boston1775 takes a close look at the very curious history of the Twenty-Seventh Amendment, which burst onto the modern political scene this week.

Mark Cheathem has been chronicling the process of writing a book. This week, he offered some thoughts on marketing and publicizing the finished product.

The distinction among historians of colonial America between North and South is a poor reflection of the colonial lived experience, writes Ben Carp in the Colonial Williamsburg journal.

HNN is surveying its readers on the question, “What are the 10 Most Important Documents in American History?” [ed.: I nominated the Bible, Common Sense, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin to balance the government focus.]

Ever curious how a stamp gets designed? Even if you say no in general, you may still want to read Steven Heller’s account at The Atlantic of the merging of twenty-first century design and nineteenth-century print technology in creating the new Emancipation Proclamation stamp.


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