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Pompe Stevens, Enslaved Artisan

21 May 2013

I have a new article up at Common-place, exploring the history of enslaved artisans like Pompe Stevens. The main argument is that modern museums (particularly those in Northern cities...

Cambridge's Un-Churchyard

14 May 2013

Last week, the Cambridge Historical Commission re-installed a long-lost granite marker at the location of Cambridge's first meeting house. The marker was discovered during some construction...

The Excommunication of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

6 May 2013

In 1704, Judge Samuel Sewall presided over the funeral of John Lambert, a convicted pirate who had been executed for his crimes. While murderers and victims of suicide were routinely...

Smithsonian: Jamestown Colonists Engaged in Cannibalism

1 May 2013

There's probably no gravestone for this:Douglas Owsley, the division head for physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, presented today a forensic...