The first weekend of the NCAA tournament is done and dusted, and while Cinderellas like Dayton and Tennessee are making their way to regional finals, so the best early American history books since 2000 are getting ready for their equivalent of the showdown at Madison Square Garden. As befits such a grand stage, there are some marquee matchups. Who will prevail? As ever, your votes will decide!
In Bracket One, Alan Taylor’s Civil War of 1812 faces off against Daniel Richter’s Facing East. In Bracket 2, 10-plus seeds Jennifer Morgan and Paul Mapp hope to continue their run through to the quarterfinals. Will Bracket Three move towards the expected showdown between Seth Rockman and Annette Gordon-Reed for a place in the Final Four? And in Bracket Four, Woody Holton’s Unruly Americans may have been given an 8 seed, but is currently making strong progress for a shot at the championship.
Please vote for your favorites in the polls below. Voting closes at midnight EST, and results will be announced tomorrow. The quarterfinals, or Elite Eight if you prefer, will take place on Wednesday. If you want to see how the tournament has progressed so far, follow the links on this page.
Please let us know your opinion on the matchups, either in the comment thread here, or on Twitter, using the hashtag #JMM14. Happy voting!