The Week in Early American History

TWEAHWelcome to another of The Junto‘s weekly round-ups of things that caught our eye in the rest of the Internet this week. Find the links after the jump!

The shutdown of the federal government continued this week, and who better to ask about it than the Director of the new George Washington Presidential Library? Douglas Bradburn and friends weigh in on the controversy and what Washington and friends would have thought. If you prefer to think of George enjoying himself instead, this video looks at the Washington who laughed, danced and had fun. Back on the topic of the shutdown, Garry Wills writes in the New York Review of Books about recent county and state actions that appear secessionist; Sean Wilentz suggests Obama has the constitutional power to avoid default (and no, the answer doesn’t seem to be a trillion-dollar coin).

Christopher Columbus may not be a much more cheerful subject than the government shutdown, but The Oatmeal has a cartoon lambasting his historical legacy, and calling for Columbus Day to be renamed after Bartoleme de las Casas.

Forbes ran an article about research from Caitlin Rosenthal of Harvard Business School comparing the links between modern management styles and those used by plantation owners in the 1800s controlling their slaves. Others of you may be awaiting the release of “12 Years A Slave,” but if you do go and see it (a review will be coming to The Junto shortly) then make sure you don’t act like Madonna and get thrown out of the theater for texting.

William Pannapacker was back at it in the Chronicle, asking why so many students take PhDs even when they know about the horrors of the job market that awaits them.

The American Conservative looked back to the ratification of the Constitution and wondered if Anti-Federalists should be considered the first American conservatives.

What did the Scots think of the American Revolution? Taylor Stoermer provides some answers in this blog post.

In new resources news, the Liberalism in the Americas Digital Archive launched (or at least was brought to my attention!) this week. And the Frost Library at Amherst College is now home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Native American  literature and history books.

Finally, we get to “the last of the cocked hats.” This article shows some rather remarkable photographs of American revolutionary war veterans in their old age. If full color photographs of the Civil War are more your thing, then check out this article instead. Me? I’m just worried that full-color Abraham Lincoln is going to hunt me down after my post on historical heroes…


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