The Week in Early American History


We’ll start the roundup this week by pointing readers to the recently revamped Teaching United States History blog, which featured a slew of posts over the last seven days. Be sure and check out Ben Wright’s post on teaching students the differences between academic, public and popular history and Blake Ellis’s thoughts on teaching US history in a diverse classroom. Of particular interest to (at least some) readers of The Junto will be Drew Bledsoe’s taxonomy of Civil War history students

Also of interest to those teaching this semester: The Historical Society blog put together a helpful list of previous posts on syllabi creation and history courses.

At Religion in American History, Katie Bowler considers methodology and historical writing.

Meanwhile, J.L. Bell continues the conversation inspired by the kerfuffle over the question of the American Revolution’s relative “goodness” or “badness” with a trio of posts at Boston 1775. Writing at the Washington Post, former historian and Canadian freelance writer Paul Pirie also weighs in on the subject, concluding that “the American Revolution was a flop.

Sally Gordon reports live from this weekend’s annual conference of the British Group of Early American Historians at Legal History Blog, a conference whose stellar program included The Junto‘s own Alyssa Reichardt. No word on whether Alyssa or the other presenters faced any of the “six conference questions every academic hears,” as profiled by Allan Johnson at Times Higher Education.

We’ll conclude with links to three excellent pieces from The Chronicle of Higher Education. First, Jill Lepore takes on the new economy of letters, noting among other things that “more scholars are writing more words for less money than ever before.” Second, at The Ubiquitous Librarian, Brian Mathews wonders whether library databases might be “nearing the tipping point of obsolescence.” And lastly, from ProfHacker, a guest post from John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek on their frustrating experience with Apple’s App Store trying to publish what sounds like an absolutely incredible interactive edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia.

And that’ll do it. Please share links to any stories of interest we missed!


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