The Founding Fathers Drop It Like It’s Hot

I'm speechless. Because nothing says "Founding Fathers" chic like fabric depicting them in A & F skin-revealing poses. And according to Urban Dictionary, the blog title might actually be appropriate. H/t @JennieGoloboy

The New New Political History

The Junto posted a roundtable last week on the New New Political History (NNPH). I encourage all early republic historians to read both the posts and the comments, which were very thought provoking. Introduction Gender Political analysis The public sphere Final thoughts As someone who was influenced significantly by the republicanism school, it was useful …

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Welcome the Members of the Early American Junto

Members of The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History plan to begin posting on December 10 (Updated: The blog's first post). Their focus appears to be appealing both to general and academic audiences on early American history topics, although the definition of "early America" seems vague, perhaps purposely. Contributors, many of whom are twitterstorians …

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Census Reliability in the Early Republic

There are times when academic conversations surprise me. The ongoing one on H-SHEAR about the reliability of the Early Republic census is one of those pleasant surprises. SHEARites have offered numerous examples of census inaccuracies and suggested several scholarly sources that discuss this issue. Whether you are interested in political history or community history, this …

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The Evolution of a Book, Part 3: The Book Outline

(Part 1 and Part 2 of this series) My students will probably think I'm lying, but I actually didn't like or even follow outlines until I was in grad school. I thought they stifled my creativity and the organic development of my writing. In actuality, I set myself up for failure as a writer, something I learned the …

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Paul Morphy: Antebellum Chess Champion

One day, when I have the time and the money to do the research, I would like to write a biography of Paul Morphy (1837-1884), the greatest American chess player of the nineteenth century. He was the Bobby Fischer of his era, a natural talent without the extreme paranoia and anti-Semitic rants. Born in New …

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