Fortunately, the law firm of Prilo & Foal have given us the “go ahead” to move forward with our tournament, so onward and upward!
Below you will find updated brackets, polling for the final sixteen
teams books, followed by some discussion questions. Voting closes at midnight ET. Winners are announced tomorrow, and the Elite Eight takes place on Thursday.
1. Edumund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom
5. Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean
2. Winthrop D. Jordan, White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812
6. James Merrell, Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier
7. Daniel Richter, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America
6. Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
10. Marcus Rediker, The Slave Ship: A Human History
6. Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Slave Market
Besides the typical two questions (What is the most intriguing matchup? What is the most likely “upset”?), here are a few more “tournament style” questions:
- Of the three remaining #1 seeds, which is most likely to not make it to the Final Four?
- What lower seed has a chance to not only make it through this round, but make it to the Final Four?
And a few more serious questions:
- How do we account for the poor performance of neo-Progressive works?
- Why do you think Taylor and Bailyn were upset?
- What does the bias towards classics tell us about the profession? (Or, at least, the portion of the profession that reads this blog.)