Over 600 votes were cast in the Championship Game of Junto March Madness 2014—an NCAA Tournament-like bracket that pitted some of the best books in early American history against each other (or, at least, those published since 2000). Unlike last year, when Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom was the runaway winner from start to finish, this year’s tournament provided a nonstop series of upsets, with no number-1 seed making the Final Four, and the championship game involving a 6-seed squaring off against a 13-seed.
In the end, Junto readers once again opted for the underdog, leaving Michael Jarvis’s In The Eye Of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudans, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783. The matchup itself was hard fought—the lead switched several times through the day and the outcome was nip and tuck right up until the last moment. Congratulations to Professor Jarvis, and comiserations to Professor Goetz—who nevertheless had a formidable run throughout the tournament.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the festivities—though the tournament is meant as a bit of fun, we also hope we’ve provoked lively discussion, and raised awareness of the diversity and quality of scholarship in our field. We will have some concluding remarks on the tournament next week; in the meantime, thanks for joining in with us, and let the conversations continue!
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULT
6. Rebecca Anne Goetz, The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created Race 48%
lost to 13. Michael Jarvis, In The Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783 52%