The Week in Early American History


Happy Sunday, all! On to the links…

In Alexandria, VA, the city council is considering repealing a 1963 law requiring that new streets be named after “confederate military leaders.”

In museum news, the Brooklyn Historical Society has a new exhibit called “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom” with an accompanying website.

Plans were announced to create The American Civil War Museum by combining the collections of the The Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center in Richmond, VA.

The Washington Informer reports that the African-American Civil War Memorial was hit by a stray bullet on December 26th.

The Grolier Club (47 E. 60th Street, NYC) has a new exhibit through February 7th called “Selling the Dwelling,” which chronicles the development of architecture in the United States through architectural literature from the 18th century to the present.

At Religion in American History, Laura Leibman looks at the relationship between clothing and religion in the early republic, particularly regarding Judaism.

AMC released a trailer (see below) for its new show, “Turn,” which follows a spy ring during the American Revolution.

In the Washington Post, Colin Moore, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, weighs in on the must-read book-list thing.

In line with our compiling of Junto teaching posts this past week, The Guardian asks “what teachers can learn from Benjamin Franklin.”

The New York Times‘ Sunday Book Review looks at Maira Kalman’s books for young readers on the founders, particularly Thomas Jefferson. Also on Jefferson, Robert Krulwich at NPR tells you why “Thomas Jefferson Needs a Dead Moose Right Now to Defend America.”

Kevin Gotkin writes at the Chronicle of Higher Education about writing in grad school, a topic which The Junto has also tackled.

The University of Exeter has announced the establishment of “The Imperial and Global History Network,” which aims to “connect postgraduate and early career researchers working in the field of Imperial and Global history, providing an inter-disciplinary forum for the discussion of research questions and methodologies, archival research and fieldwork, and funding applications and career development.”

At The Recipes Project, Amanda Herbert looks at “Chocolate in the Classroom.”

The Community College Humanities Association is running a summer workshop in their “Survey Courses Project.” The first workshop will be in Washington D.C. from June 22nd to the 27th. It  is called “From the American Revolution to the American Jubilee” and it is “designed to provide fresh insights and rich content to enhance survey courses.”

Finally, at  his blog, Hysteriography, William Hogeland compares the fracking boom to the land-speculation bubble of the eighteenth century.

One response

  1. I would like to learn why there is little to no discussion or interest regarding Spanish Land Grants, specifically in what is now New Mexico? Following the short lived Mexican American War, a large number of “carpetbaggers”, “land speculators” and corrupt attorneys invaded New Mexico Territory and proceeded in disenfranchising the Hispanic people of their lands, both private and “common lands” given to these communities for their own purposes of gathering fuel wood, lumber for building, medicinal herbs and traditional indigenous purposes. Is this lack of interest or concern for the rights of Hispanic peoples after the invasion of Americans into the southwest a symptom of the more innate deep seated hatred of Hispanics present in the rhetoric of some politicians today?


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