The madness goes marching on! Results for yesterday and today will be made available tomorrow (Saturday). Voting on the Sweet Sixteen begins next week.
As always, voting is open until midnight EST.
For reference, here are the images for Brackets Three and Four.
QUESTION 1: Which is the most exciting matchup in today’s brackets?
Tom Cutterham: In bracket 4, Liberty’s Daughters v Many Thousands Gone is looking like a very tough match, which also eerily echoes Good Wives, Nasty Wenches v Slave Ship in bracket 3. I think Brown will take the win over Rediker, reflecting her justified high seeding, but it’ll be a tough ask for Norton to upset Berlin. In the end, we’ll end up with the stronger books from both gender and slavery genres. But I wonder what questions would have arisen if Norton had been pitched against Brown and Rediker against Berlin? To me, Berlin and Norton represent the more standard or middle of the road approaches, Rediker and Brown the more radical and theoretically-inclined works. Which just goes to show how good a book Good Wives, Nasty Wenches is, considering voters so far have generally preferred the more staid old stuff. I think she’ll go far.
Kenneth Owen: In Bracket 4, I’m most interested to see the result between Richard White and Pekka Hamaleinen. The trend for classics to prevail over newer books, combined with White’s crushing victory in Round 1, makes me think that The Middle Ground is on its way to the middle round of the tournament. Yet while I love White’s classic, I was also really impressed with the imaginative scope of The Comanche Empire, and on the merits of the case, both have very similar strengths and weaknesses.
QUESTION TWO: What is the most likely upset in today’s matchups?
Kenneth Owen: I’d like to see The Elusive Republic triumph over Scraping By in Bracket 3. Both are fine books; but while I think that McCoy may have undeservedly triumphed over Edling in Round 1, The Elusive Republic is a fine and elegantly written book that gives a thorough explication of Jeffersonian ideology. I suspect, however, that Scraping By will become the LaSalle of this tournament.
1.William Cronon, Change in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
12. Drew McCoy, The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America
13. Seth Rockman, Scraping By: Wage, Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore
6. Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
10. Marcus Rediker, The Slave Ship: A Human History
4. Pekka Hamalainen, The Comanche Empire
6. Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Slave Market
10. Mary Beth Norton, Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800