Junto March Madness 2019: Round 3!

Junto March Madness 2019Round 3: the part of the tournament when things start to resemble an early American election. Corrupt bargains will be struck, defense pamphlets composed, and votes will be bought. A duel or two is always possible.

Well, hopefully not.

Thanks to all those who voted in rounds 1 and 2—which has so far added up to about 6,000 votes. Despite the large number of votes, many of these matchups have been decided by slim margins. In the previous round, a single vote twice separated the competitors. Today, voting begins for the third round of 2019’s Junto March Madness tournament. Voting will end on Friday at 5:00pm (EST). Continue reading

Junto March Madness 2019: Round 1 Winners and Round 2 Voting!

Junto March Madness 2019After some unusually polite trash talk on twitter, a first-round runoff, and more than three thousand votes cast, we are ready to move on to the next round of this year’s Junto March Madness tournament. Sadly, many worthy digital projects must end their tournament hopes today. We encourage you to revisit the entire field to appreciate the remarkable online resources available to those of us interested in Vast Early America.

Today, voting begins for our tournament’s round two. It will end on Tuesday at 8:00pm (EST).

Thank you to all of those who nominated digital projects and those who voted. We are gratified to see that many people are finding new digital resources, or even teaching with them, through this tournament. Remember, as always, that this tournament is meant to be a fun way to highlight some of the early American community’s favorite digital projects—rather than a serious attempt to identify the “best” digital project. As you vote for round two, we again encourage you to explore some of the projects you aren’t familiar with. Tell us what you’re finding and how you’re making decisions in the comments below, or on twitter with the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness: Round One Runoff!

Junto March Madness 2019Round one voting has finished for our 2019 March Madness tournament! Well, almost.

The matchup between 2-seed Slave Revolt in Jamaica and 7-seed Magazine of Early American Datasets ended in a tie, and so we go to a runoff. Cast your votes below.

This poll will only run for 24 hours, so make your selection quickly!

We will announce the winners and begin round two voting on Monday.

Guest Post: Caylin Carbonell, Does Size Really Matter? Searching for Early American Women in the Archives

Today’s guest post comes from Caylin Carbonell, PhD Candidate at the College of William and Mary. Her research interests include gender, family, and legal history in the colonial British Atlantic. Her dissertation looks at women’s everyday household authority in colonial New England. Prior to her doctoral work, Caylin graduated summa cum laude from Bates College in 2012. Caylin received her Master of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 2015. Her master’s thesis, titled “In noe wise cruelly whipped: Indentured Servitude, Household Violence, and the Law in Seventeenth-Century Virginia,” explores how early Virginians narrated their experiences with violence and authority. In a close examination of court records from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Caylin argued that servant bodies and the sites where servants faced violence served as crucial evidence in determining the legitimacy of violence, as correction or abuse. Follow her on Twitter @caycarbs.

Most historians enter the archive with something they’re hoping to find. For me, that has always been women’s voices. Even as my dissertation project has evolved into a broader study of family, labor, and authority in early New England households, I remain firmly committed to bringing women’s stories front and center. Whenever I enter the archive, I am hopeful, if realistic, about what I might find in my efforts to bring women more squarely into the stories we tell about Vast Early America. Continue reading

Junto March Madness 2019: Voting Begins for Round 1!

Junto March Madness 2019Will there be upsets? Which digital project will be this year’s Cinderella story? Who will earn immortal glory as the #JMM19 victor? Today, we will start to answer those questions, as voting begins for Junto March Madness 2019.

We announced the matchups on Monday and we will begin with voting for the first four of our eight brackets today. Voting will end on Wednesday at 5:00pm (EST). Voting for brackets five through eight will begin on Thursday and end on Friday.

We encourage you to not just vote for your favorites, but to take the opportunity to explore some of the digital projects that you haven’t had the opportunity to use in the past. As you do so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #JMM19. As always, we hope you will engage with this competition in the spirit of good fun.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Announcing the Brackets

Junto March Madness 2019Are you ready? It’s time to unveil the brackets for Junto March Madness 2019.

This year, the tournament focuses on digital history projects relating to Vast Early America. Readers nominated an excellent field of digital projects, including venerable favorites and young scrappy upstarts.

Voting will begin this week in separate posts.

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Junto March Madness 2019 Begins!

Junto March Madness 2019It’s once again March and that can only mean one thing at The Junto: our March Madness tournament. We skipped last year to welcome our new members, so in case you’ve forgotten: you nominate, we bracket, and you vote. In previous years, we have hosted tournaments of books, articles, and primary sources in early American history.

This year, our tournament will focus on digital projects on early America.

Nominations open now and will close on Wednesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. eastern time. Consult the rules and add your nominations in the comments section below. Join in the conversation using the hashtag #JMM19. Voting will commence next week. Continue reading