Junto March Madness Round 1 Results

JMM15As always with March Madness, there have been some expected wins and some upsets–and man oh man am I excited for the next round. Results and match-ups for the next round follow after the jump.

In Bracket 1, Frederick Douglass trounced Alexander Hamilton, and William Maclay’s diary bested the Journals of the Continental Congress. In the Bracket 2 dual of the two Harriets, Harriet Jacobs won out over Uncle Tom’s Cabin. William Byrd would have been particularly pleased that he triumphed over Lord Dunmore. All went according to plan in Bracket 3 until the Joseph Smith Papers upset the Salem Witchcraft trial papers. The race between the Seneca Falls declaration and Martha Ballard’s diary was so close I’ve given you percentage points down to the last decimal—Ballard won by the tiniest of margins. Bracket 4 had some good surprises. Roger Williams beat out Sir William Johnson, and Graham crackers devoured Jane’s skeleton.

BRACKET ONE: Political History

1. Thomas Paine, Common Sense 88%
beat 16. Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice 12%

2. The Declaration of Independence 80%
beat 15. John Jay, “An Address to the People of the State of New-York” (1788) 20%

3. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America 72%
beat 14. William Manning, “The Key of Libberty” 38%

4. Abigail Adams’s “Remember the Ladies” Letter 67%
beat 13. Dessalines, Haitian Declaration of Independence, January 1, 1804 33%

5. Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address 80%
beat 12. James Madison, “Vices of the Political System of the United States” 20%

6. Alexander Hamilton, “First Report on the Public Credit” 18%
lost to 11. Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” 82%

7. The Constitution 56%
beat 10. Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, The Federalist 44%

8. The Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 44%
lost to 9. William Maclay’s Diary, 1789-1791 56%

BRACKET TWO: Slavery, Captivity, and Bonded Labor

1. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 75%
beat 16. David George, “An Account of the Life of Mr. David George” 20%

2. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin 37%
lost to 15. Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 63%

3. Toussaint Louverture, “Colonial Constitution of Saint Domingue” 71%
beat 14. Richard Ligon, True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados 29%

4. David Walker, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World 61%
beat 13. The Diary of Philip Vickers Fithian 39%

5. Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God 68%
beat 12. James Axtell, ed., The Deposition of Robert Roule 32%

6. Lord Dunmore’s 1775 Proclamation 45%
lost to 11. Diary of William Byrd of VA 55%

7. Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave 60%
beat 10. Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, La Relación 40%

8. Richard Freethorn’s 1623 Letter 54%
beat 9. William Moraley, The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley 46%

BRACKET THREE: U.S. History Superstars

1. Stowage of the British Slave Ship Brookes Under the Reguladed Slave Trade Act of 1788 62%
beat 16. Massachusetts Bay Colony Seal of 1629 38%

2. Paul Revere’s Engraving of the Boston Massacre 81%
beat 15. Elkanah Watson, “Men and Times of Revolution: Memories of Elkanah Watson” 19%

3. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 64%
beat 14. John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity” 36%

4. Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” 82%
beat 13. Jedidiah Morse, A Sermon, Delivered at the North Church in Boston 18%

5. Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier 64%
beat 12. Dr. Alexander Hamilton’s Itinerarium 36%

6. The “Stamp Act Repeal’d” Teapot 58%
beat 11. Weems, A History of the Life and Death, Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington 42%

7. The Salem Witch Trials Records 40%
lost to  10. The Joseph Smith Papers 60%

8. Declaration of Sentiments from the Seneca Falls Convention 49.65%
lost to 9. Martha Ballard’s Diary 50.35%

BRACKET FOUR: Not Rush Limbaugh’s American History

1. The Papers of Sir William Johnson 33%
lost to 16. Roger Williams, Key Into the Languages of America 67%

2. 1721 Catawba Map 65%
beat 15. Peter L’Enfant’s Plan for Washington City (1791) 36%

3. Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia 72%
beat 14. Mathew Carey, “Advice and Suggestions to Increase the Comforts of Persons in Humble Circumstances” 38%

4. Jane’s Skeleton (Jamestown) 37%
lost to 13. Graham Crackers 63%

5. Generic Names for the Country and People of the United States (1803) 59%
beat 12. Samuel Woodworth, Songsheet for “Hunters of Kentucky” 41%

6. Barry O’Connell, ed., A Son of the Forest and Other Writings by William Apess, a Pequot (UMass, 1992) 56%
beat 11. Benjamin Rush, “Moral and Physical Thermometer” 44%

7. Miguel Leon-Portilla, ed., The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico (Beacon Press, 2006) 81%
beat 10. Rafter, Memoirs of Gregor M’Gregor 19%

8. Alden T. Vaughan, ed., Early American Indian Documents, Treaties, and Laws, 1607-1789 75%
beat 9. Winslow Homer, The Veteran in a New Field 25%

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COMING UP NEXT

Voting on Round 2 begins Monday. I’m interested to see the Declaration face off against the Constitution (yes, we planned that), and think Jacobs vs. Northup might be a particularly close one. Your match-ups are below. Which contests do you think will be particularly thrilling? Tell us in the comments!

BRACKET ONE: Political History

1. Thomas Paine, Common Sense vs. 9. William Maclay’s Diary, 1789-1791

2. The Declaration of Independence vs. 7. The Constitution

3. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America vs. 11. Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

4. Abigail Adams’s “Remember the Ladies” Letter vs. 5. Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address

BRACKET TWO: Slavery, Captivity, and Bonded Labor

1. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass vs. 8. Richard Freethorn’s 1623 Letter

15. Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl vs. 7. Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave

3. Toussaint Louverture, “Colonial Constitution of Saint Domingue” vs. 11. Diary of William Byrd of VA

4. David Walker, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World vs. 5. Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God

BRACKET THREE: U.S. History Superstars

1. Stowage of the British Slave Ship Brookes Under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788 vs. 9. Martha Ballard’s Diary

2. Paul Revere’s Engraving of the Boston Massacre vs. 10 The Joseph Smith Papers

3. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin vs. 6. The “Stamp Act Repeal’d” Teapot

4. Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” vs. 5. Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier

BRACKET FOUR: Not Rush Limbaugh’s American History

16. Roger Williams, Key Into the Languages of America vs. 8. Alden T. Vaughan, ed., Early American Indian Documents, Treaties, and Laws, 1607-1789

2. 1721 Catawba Map vs. 7. Miguel Leon-Portilla, ed., The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico (Beacon Press, 2006)

3. Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia vs. 6. Barry O’Connell, ed., A Son of the Forest and Other Writings by William Apess, a Pequot (UMass, 1992)

13. Graham Crackers vs. 5. Generic Names for the Country and People of the United States (1803)

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