The Week in Early American History

TWEAHHappy Mother’s Day! Consider our gift to the mothers amongst our readership to be the following links, links, and more links… 

NPR covers a story over a fight within the Virginia town of Richmond over memorializing its role in the slave trade. NPR also reports on Seneca Village, a lost-town in the middle of Manhattan.

HNN reports on a conference held at Harvard in which Robert Darnton, Caroline Winterer, and Robert Townsend addressed the question: What is the future of the History PhD? Also, check out Robert Darnton in the NYRB writing about the coming “world digital library.”

CHE profiled a Stanford program designed to expose its PhD students to life as a faculty member outside the R1-verse by assigning them to mentors at San Jose State.

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating historical piece about a woman who is still collecting survivor benefits from her father’s Civil War pension from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Jonathan Den Hartog responds to the recent discussion about the state of historical inquiry into the American Enlightenment at Religion in American History.

TNR’s Adam Hirsch takes a non-fundamentalist approach to digital humanities by arguing that humanists should resist the momentum of the digital “tsunami.”

Teal Cartoons has a piece on Benjamin Franklin’s inventor-uncle, Thomas.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Timothy Busfield has been cast to appear as Benjamin Franklin on Sleepy Hollow. Busfield responded enthusiastically, saying, “I get to play a guy with a potbelly who wears bifocals.”

Inside Higher Ed reports on a study that purports to have found racial and gender bias in the response rate of faculty to unsolicited emails from prospective graduate students. A piece was contributed by one of the study’s authors to the New York Times. Also in the NYT, Michael Beschloss has a piece about George Washington’s dentures, including a cringe-inducing picture.

Stacey Patton writes for ChronicleVitae about the relationship between microfilm and motion sickness.

Nursing Clio has a guest post from Jodi Vandenberg-Daves about the modernization of the maternal body.

Mark Cheatheam tipped us off to The Hermitage’s new “Andrew Jackson Mapping Project.”

There is an interesting piece about Alexander Hamilton and the fiscal crises of the early 1790s at “Liberty Street Economics,” the blog of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. There is a less interesting long link to the piece at Business Week with the headline, “Alexander Hamilton Was Even More Amazing Than You Thought.” Seriously.

The OIEAHC has a brand spanking new website and a new issue of Uncommon Sense. Also, the OIEAHC is looking for a few (well, actually 8) good graduate students to serve as “Regional Contributing Editors” whose job would be to “gather schedules and other information about relevant seminars in their region for inclusion on the Institute’s website.”

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