The Week in Early American History

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Historiann explores the gender disparity in authorship of history bestsellers. The New York History Blog draw attention to a new book, The Culinary Lives of John and Abigail Adams: A Cookbook, by Rosana Y. Wan. In other early American food news, James Townsend and Son show you how to make an 18th-century honey cake.

At We’re History, two posts this week: Michael McLean writes about “Christmas on a Slave Plantation” and Craig Gallagher recalls “The Original Tea Party.” Neatline Labs has published a fascinating, “experimental edition of the Declaration of Independence.” The New England Historical Society published a post called, “The Puritan Dress Code and the Outrage of Slashed Sleeves.” The New York Times covered an exhibition called “Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860” at Morven Museum and Garden.

Artifacts discovered at a western Albermarle Sound site are believed to date from the time of the Roanoke settlement. Two Nerdy History Girls advise “How (Not) to Dress a 17th c. Puritan Maiden.” Megan Kate Nelson asked: “What if We Loved History Like We Love Football?” Susanna Ashton recounts her experience working slave narratives at Common-Place.

The NEH published a post about Benjamin Franklin’s German-language printing endeavors, while a high school teacher in Oklahoma is facing termination after including a Franklin quote on a poster. The Smithsonian Magazine tells the story of “the second divorce in Colonial America.” The Democrat & Chronicle talk with Thomas Slaughter. The MHS’s Beehive blog recalls the time when John Adams was hacked. NPR recalls the hysteria surrounding smallpox through an exhibit at Johns Hopkins University. Robert Darnton reflects on the events in Paris and the legacy of French satire in The New York Review of Books, while early Americanists Chris Beneke and Christopher Grenda explored the religious angle of the tragedy in The New Republic. The New York Times covers the release of Eric Foner’s new book on the Underground Railroad.

Lincoln Mullen made available the slides and visualizations from his ASCH presentation entitled, “Mapping Boston’s Religions: Next Steps in Mapping U.S. Religious History.Salon published an excerpt from The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War by Don H. Doyle. Kathryn Lofton thinks about digital from a different perspective at The Immanent Frame. Pope Francis declares his intention to make Junipero Serra, a Spanish missionary in eighteenth-century California, a saint. For context, this 2005 piece at Common-Place by Steven Hackel explores why that is a bit controversial.

Business Insider weighs in on Bill Gates’s support for Big History after witnessing it in action in Brooklyn. New York magazine had “53 Historians Weigh In on Barack Obama’s Legacy.” John Fea? Not impressed. Rotunda has announced a number of new digital additions to its platform. Big Block of Cheese Day at the White House is back. Open Culture covers “A Digital Reconstruction of Washington D.C. in 1814.” The History of Christianity blog has a post by Paul Putz about “The Imagined Atheist in the Early Republic.”

The AHA 2015 Annual Meeting enjoyed a large amount of online coverage, not least because of the failed resolutions brought by Historians Against War to condemn Israel for academic freedom violations. In addition, the conference enjoyed its largest-ever Twitter backchannel, much of which has been Storified by panel.

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