The Week in Early American History

TWEAHHappy Sunday, and welcome to another edition of The Week in Early American History. Here at the Junto, we’re gearing up for the Sweet Sixteen beginning tomorrow (since Villanova, Iowa State, and Baylor have basically thwarted our brackets for that “other” March Madness). Here for your enjoyment before you get distracted by basketball (or by trying to avoid basketball), are today’s links.

On Monday, March 23, Anthony Grafton will speak at the New York Society Library on colonial reading practices, with a special focus on the Winthrop family.

For St. Patrick’s Day, the American Antiquarian Society released its latest digital project, a name-searchable database of the Mathew Carey Papers, one of the deepest resources available to studying printing and publishing in the early United States.

HBO has a new show in the works about the Salem Witch Trials called The Devil You Know.

Smithsonian magazine picks up the trail of “forgotten” Civil War sites.

If you missed Roger Chartier’s lecture at the John Carter Brown Library on “The Seven Lives of Las Casas’ Brevissima Relacion (1552-1822),” fret not, as it’s now widely available here.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Park Service posted an interview with a 93-year-old Park Ranger.

Mount Vernon posted its “Prince Charles Tour,” a recap of the recent royal visit.

Ben Franklin’s World, hosted by Liz Covart, posted its 21st episode, on smuggling in British North America.

The Washington Post featured the recently Journal of American History article by Rachel Hope Cleves (author of Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America) on the centuries-long history of same-sex marriage in the United States.

Liz Covart describes her ideal “Twenty-First Century History Job.”

At Uncommon Sense, the blog of the Omohundro Institute, Junto-ist Eric Herschthal profiles a recent conference on  “New Perspectives on Slaveries in the African World.”

The American Historian interviews Ben Wright, one of the lead editors of The American Yawp, a online and open-source American history textbook.

AHA Executive Director James Grossman defends the value of history and civics as Congress begins considering the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Do history classes include enough historiography? Michael Conway at The Atlantic argues there should be more.


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