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Discovering the Story of a Slave Catcher

Editor’s Note:  There has been an avalanche of important new scholarship on the Underground Railroad over the last twenty years, and yet there remains a critical gap in the literature.  Scholars know comparatively little about the slave catchers (or kidnappers) who chased after the fugitives (or freedom seekers).  This is a challenge that Maryland historian […]

How An 1830s Children's Magazine Taught Hard Truths About Slavery

From 1836 to 1839, the American Anti-Slavery Society published The Slave's Friend, a juvenile periodical edited by abolitionist Lewis Tappan. Each issue, specially sized to fit small hands, was sixteen pages in length, and featured a mix of stories, news items, and poems meant to gently, but firmly, tell white children about the evils of slavery. Show More Summary

Confederate Monuments and the Limits of Public History

If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend heading over to the Civil Discourse blog and reading Ashley Whitehead Luskey’s excellent essay on the ongoing controversy surrounding Confederate iconography. It is the most thorough essay that I have read to date and has helped me to continue to clarify […]

“The right of representation and taxation always went together”

Having spent a week on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, I’m going to jump back to 250 years ago and Parliament’s debate over what to do about the Stamp Act. That law was clearly unenforceable in North America. The Marquess of...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vi kalendas februarias

ante diem vi kalendas februarias 6 A.D. — dedication of the Temple of Castor and Pollux by the future emperor Tiberius 98 A.D. — death of Nerva (?); dies imperii of Trajan ca. 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Devota 1887 — birth of Carl Blegen, future excavator of Pylos (etc.)

Repititiationes ~ 01/26/16

The Wars of the Diadochi: The Macedonian Army Divides on @wordpressdotcom https://t.co/KG1erEwOOR pic.twitter.com/kEOwRlbsMO — DCCommentaries (@DCComm) January 26, 2016 #Sappho #Quote #History pic.twitter.com/4fjyd1B5s0 — Ancient History...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/25/16

@magisterstevens @DorothyKing @AlexanderIII I rent it out for special occasions ???? — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 25, 2016 The Open Syllabus Project lets you explore assigned texts across 1M syllabi. https://t.co/e4TTICXMLh...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/24/16

Explorator 18.39 ~ January 24, 2016 | Explorator https://t.co/Wk5KhjS9e0 — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 24, 2016 Laudator Temporis Acti: Theology Lesson https://t.co/3ZFcEy9P5m — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/23/16

Yes, but there were allegedly design flaws, @CarolineLawrenc :-) pic.twitter.com/miromv0Evd — Per Lineam Valli (@perlineamvalli) January 22, 2016 I Musei in Comune visti da cautopates su Instagram: https://t.co/Hhf3ZYBrUn pic.twitter.com/XAMY2Df9IO...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/22/16

#Syria/n refugees recreate the lost treasures of their homeland https://t.co/AhXwQR811e pic.twitter.com/AWMnRxjP2j — Archaeology in Syria (@ainsyria) January 21, 2016 New post on myths surrounding Bernini. He did not create "ass's ears"...Show More Summary

A Portrait of the Blogger as a Sick Puppy

With profuse apologies to James Joyce. When you sweat the bed first it is warm and then it gets cold. Claaammy, Claaaaamy, Clammy’s in love. Kick them off! Kick them off! Ah, air. No no too cold. Covers. Covers and hot water bottle. Hug hot water bottle. Mmmmm warm… Why do my ribs hurt? I [...]

Hillary Clinton on Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction

Last night at the Democratic Town Hall Meeting in Iowa Hillary Clinton offered up a reminder of why a solid grasp of Reconstruction is essential to our understanding of American history. While the 150th anniversary of the Civil War received a great deal of attention from historic sites, museums and […]

Clinton’s counterfactual and mine; or whither Lincolnian Reconstruction…

Hillary Clinton is taking flak today for her summary repetition of the white supremacist Dunning School of historical interpretation, which held that the attempt in the 1860s and 1870s to provide African Americans with their civil rights was a terrible imposition on the white folks of the South. [Lincoln] was willing to reconcile and forgive. […]

The Long Process of Labeling the Bill of Rights

As I noted back here, James Madison used the label “bill of rights” for the first of his proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution—a proposal that never got out of Congress. He also proposed a bunch of limitations on the federal government...Show More Summary

The future of historical content delivery?

Since I’ve officially (as of Thursday night) launched on my next great adventure in academia, as a PhD student in Writing and Rhetoric, I’ve decided it might be a good idea to begin a spin-off blog. Even if you don’t necessarily “geek out” over “writing as process”, rhetoric, Augmented Reality, or all that stuff… you […]

Calling in sick

I am in the merciless grip of a stomach bug so the first time that I can recall, I’m going to have to take a sick day. Try not to miss me too much.

"Drunkard," "Merryboy," "Younker." Some 17th-Century Names for Dogs

Recently, historian John Reeks shared this amusing list of 17th-century hunting dog names on Twitter. The list, he said over email, came from a 1686 book by Nicholas Cox, The Gentleman's Recreation in Four Parts, which is available digitally...Show More Summary

Just a Few Revisions Here and There

The Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that we think of as the Bill of Rights are rooted mostly in James Madison’s fourth and fifth proposed amendments from June 1789:Fourthly,That in article 2st, section 9, between clauses 3 and 4,...Show More Summary

Mercy Street/Episode 2, “The Haversack”

Last night episode 2 of Mercy Street aired. The main characters continue to be developed and you probably now have a better sense of the main themes that are now coming into clearer view as well as the trajectory of the overall narrative. What do you think so far? What […]

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