Junto March Madness 2014: Round 1, Brackets 3 and 4

JMM Logo 2Welcome to day two of voting! Your votes will decide who gets another shot at Junto glory. 

Today, we continue Junto March Madness by pitting the books from Brackets 3 and 4 against each other in the Round of 64. Tomorrow, we’ll publish the results (along with our next History Carousel podcast!), before moving on to Round 2 at the end of the week.

Voting on brackets 3 and 4 closes at midnight EST. We ask that you only vote once for each matchup—we do, however, encourage spreading the word to friends, family, colleagues, pets and all those with a passing interest in early American history.

As with last year, we’re hoping this will provoke lively discussion. So, what do you think? Who are the unstoppable favorites in each bracket? Which books are likely to pull a Cinderella run and maybe get all the way to the coveted Final Four? Remember, our primary goal with all this is to spark discussion. So let us know, either in the comments, or on Twitter using the hashtag #JMM14.

And now for the voting:




4 responses

  1. Few thoughts:

    1. I think it’s obvious the most tantalizing match-up is Wood v. Holton. As I blogged a couple months ago, I usually assign both authors to my students in order to promote a stirring debate over contrasting methodologies. #teamHolton

    2. Maier and Bouton also provide a provocative match-up, as both deal with the legacies of the Revolution in subtly different ways.

    3. Though Foner’s book won the triumverate for its field (Bancroft, Pulitzer, Lincoln), Brown’s book may give it a run for its money. That’s a very tough decision, there.

    4. If my students were voting, I imagine Burnard’s book on Thistlewood would go quite fare; I’ve found it to be a perennial favorite with undergrads.

    Viva la Madness!

    • I feel ya. The list makes me realize how far behind I am on my reading. But I need to watch True Detective while murdering time at the airport in the tomorrow a.m., so I have no one to blame but myself.

  2. I’m not good with stats like this, and I think I already know the answer to this because it seems like a fairly academic list, but I’d be curious to know how academic press books stack up against trade presses at each stage. Not that such issues necessarily impact the quality of the scholarship – obviously, both trade and academic books well represented here – but publishing plays such an important part in how work is read and received. Just curious if presses are variables in these match ups at all. If somebody has time on their hands (!) to look into it, that would be cool.

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