The Week in Early American History

TWEAHHappy Sunday! Let’s head straight to the weekly highlights.

Celebrate Father’s Day with a look back at the work of the nation’s founding fathers and mothers, now more widely available thanks to the University of Virginia Press and Founders Online. National History Day participants joined in the launch held at the National Archives. Once you’ve enjoyed reading about the delegates of the Continental Congress, check out one of their key(!) resolutions via the history of Flag Day, described here.

Words, words, words: Thomas Kidd composed an excellent colonial American religion reading list; AHA Today unveiled a striking new format; Gordon S. Wood talked republicanism and Good Will Hunting; the Thomas Jefferson Foundation acquired the Filippo Mazzei Archive for Monticello; and Owen Stanwood spoke about toggling between big-picture narratives and microhistories: “We need to do a better job at telling stories that are factually correct and interpretively interesting but also provide narratives that people can remember.” At Forbes, David John Marotta reflected on “What Our Founding Fathers Got Wrong” when it came to raising revenue. In digital humanities news, Kieran Healy recreated Paul Revere’s matrix through metadata; Stephanie McCurry signed on to teach a MOOC about the history of slavery; and John Sunyer investigated the merits of “close reading” and/or “distant reading” of world literature in “Big Data Meets the Bard.”

On the broader professional front, The Chronicle of Higher Education pondered over a “crisis in the humanities” and how MOOC’s affect intellectual property rights for professors; then moved on to whether or not we really fear MOOC’s. Cary Nelson joined the dialogue with a few thoughts—read his comments on Coursera & co. here.

Missed connections: If you missed a McNeil Center talk, then catch up on all the brown-bag and seminar topics via the new Year-End Retrospective, posted here. If you missed the annual meeting in Baltimore, take a stroll through the Omohundro Institute’s lively Twitter feed. If you’d like to post a CFP or announcement here so that Junto readers don’t miss out on an opportunity, please drop us a line:

Finally, it’s not exactly new news, but it is history, so here’s an interesting roundup of colonial “tweeps” worth following. Enjoy!


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