Announcing the Winner of Junto March Madness 2019

Junto March Madness 2019It’s been a fun tournament, but as we inch into April, we know that March Madness must come to an end. We’ve appreciated hearing from all of you who have found new digital projects, new sources, and new research opportunities by exploring the field. Thank you to all those who have participated.

This final was unusually close, decided by a razor-tight margin: 52% to 48%. It attracted far more votes than any of the other matchups in the tournament, reflecting both projects’ impressive ability to engage with a broad community of creators, users, and readers.

Without further ado, the winner of Junto March Madness 2019 is…

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Junto March Madness 2019: The Final

Junto March Madness 2019From a field of 64 incredible digital projects, we’ll soon be down to just one. This is the final for Junto March Madness 2019.

Thank you to all those who voted, campaigned, tweeted about, or otherwise participated in this tournament. We’ve been gratified to hear from those of you who found new digital resources, rediscovered old ones, or brought students into the tournament.

Moreover, while this is the final matchup of this competition, we hope that this is only the beginning of a conversation about digital projects and resources relating to early American history. If you are involved with a DH project relating to early American history (broadly conceived) that you would like for The Junto’s readers to learn more about, get in touch with me and we’ll figure something out.

Without further ado, please vote on the final matchup of the tournament, below. Polls will close on Wednesday at 5:00pm (EST). The winner will be announced on Thursday morning.

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Junto March Madness Final Four!

Junto March Madness 2019The road has been long and the competition fierce, but the voters have spoken. Four worthy digital projects have made it to the final four of Junto March Madness 2019.

Many of our matchups have been close this tournament, including one tie, but it was nevertheless stunning to see one result in the elite eight decided by a single vote. That speaks to the strength of this field, as well as the importance of your vote in the matchups below.

Voting will end on Friday at 5:00pm and the championship matchup will begin on Monday morning. Remember to join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Elite Eight!

Junto March Madness 2019This is the elite eight.

We began this tournament with eight different “regions,” based loosely on the different kinds of digital projects nominated. The digital projects below have each won their “region.”  The winners in this round will go to the Final Four.

Thanks to those of you participating in the votes and on twitter (with the hashtag #JMM19). As always, we encourage you to explore these digital projects, rather than voting for the ones you are most familiar with. The field of early American digital history is incredibly rich and invites continued investigation.

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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.

Junto March Madness 2019: Round One Voting Continues

Junto March Madness 2019After brisk voting on Tuesday and Wednesday, round one of Junto March Madness 2019 continues with the second half of this round’s matchups.

Voting for these matchups will end on Friday at 5:00pm EST.

A few things to remember: this is supposed to be fun! Try to enjoy it. We encourage you to take this tournament as an opportunity to explore digital projects that you haven’t seen before, rather than just voting for the ones you already know. Let us know what you find in the comments below, or by tweeting using the hashtag #JMM19.

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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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