Welcome to another addition of The Week in Early American History!
This past week, there was some rumination on the ways social media is changing academic publishing. In a similar vein, we have two calls for contributors. The American Historian, the magazine of the Organization of American Historians, seeks submissions and proposals for articles for their print and digital editions. Also, Forbidden Histories, a blog run by historian Andreas Sommer, seeks contributions on “science and the miraculous.”
There have been a number of announcements this past week pertaining to the History of Slavery. Eighteenth-century Portuguese slave ship São José Paquete Africa was found about 100 yards off the coast of Brazil. The ship sank in 1794, killing its crew and approximately 212 African slaves. Following the Ben Affleck controversy, CNN ran a piece advising families who discover slave owners in their past against burying the past. On Discovery Society, historian Olivette Olete discussed strategies for navigating the fraught waters of slavery, memory, and public history.
In digital history news, Right Relevance, a newsletter on the Digital Humanities, posted an article on paleography and some new techniques for digitizing eighteenth-century manuscripts. Georgetown historian Adam Rothman unveiled a new collaboration with Computer Science student Matt Burdumy, which maps 35,000 slave voyages from 1500-1870.
The New-York Historical Society opened a new exhibit, “Lafayette’s Return: The ‘Boy General,’ the American Revolution, and the Hermione.” Fittingly, a replica of the Hermione, Lafayette’s ship, recently arrived in the US. The Daily Press captured the ship’s salute on video as it entered Yorktown Harbor.
In its latest edition, Common-Place published a new roundtable on Religion and Politics, featuring articles by Chris Beneke, Amanda Porterfield, Maura Jane Farrelly, Kate Carte Engel, Linford Fisher, Eric Schlereth, Seth Perry, and Kirsten Fischer.
Finally, The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture announced its King George III Fellows. Congratulations to Alice Marples and Amanda Reading!