The Week in Early American History

TWEAHIt’s commencement season around the United States, so we wish a hearty congratulations to all of our readers (and our students) graduating this month. Now, straight on to the links!

Speaking of graduates, this week at AHA Today, Loren Collins offered his advice on how to pitch a BA in history on the job market.

Chernoh Sesay, Jr., writing at the AAIHS blog, advises on how to teach Phillis Wheatley in light of Freddie Gray.

In digital history and teaching resources news, Slavery Stories is building an open access archive of slave narratives.

On June 30, Robert Darnton will retire from his position as Harvard University Librarian. The Harvard Gazette interviews him on his career and his plans for the future.

Digitization has made large scale research projects easier, but sometimes, Joseph Hall argues, “you just have to get on a plane.”

As French President Hollande visits Haiti to talk about efforts to improve its economy, the colonial past still lingers.

Women on 20s, a group formed to offer a replacement for Andrew Jackson, this week announced its candidate: Harriet Tubman.

Based in part on research in a seminar run by retiring professor Eric Foner, Columbia University is joining the ranks of Ivy League institutions exploring their links to slavery and the slave trade.

Over at the Imperial and Global Forum, Dane Morrison discusses U.S. expatriate imperial networks in nineteenth-century Asia.

When is a Washington letter not a Washington letter? Papers of George Washington editor Neal Millikan talks forgeries at Mount Vernon.

Last week Mark Bauerlein upset everyone with an op-ed in the New York Times arguing (again) that professors pay too little attention to teaching and students. For the best ripostes and rebuttals, see especially Kevin Gannon, L.D. Burnett, Matt Reed, Historiann, and Matthew Pratt Guterl.

The National Park Service has announced a formal effort to commemorate Reconstruction.

This week a potential 2016 presidential candidate weighed in on whether he would have made the same decision to go to war as the President at the time. Obviously, you want to know what Martin O’Malley says about the War of 1812

The AAUP found that administrators of the University of Illinois violated Steven Salaita’s rights, and academic freedom when they blocked his hiring in 2013.

The blogosphere is saying goodbye this week to Tenured Radical, who was among the trailblazers for blogging historians. She’s shutting down her blog at the Chronicle in favor of other public writing projects.

Anyone interested in adding a non-traditional student who’s in need of some assistance on the basics of American history to your survey course?

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