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Print Media and Isaiah Thomas

‘Tis to ye Press & Pen we Mortals owe All we believe & almost all we know: —George Fischer, The American Instructor: or, Young... The post Print Media and Isaiah Thomas appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Joseph Dobel “very unfavorably represented”

Capt. Joseph Dobel, veteran of a Boston riot, the Continental Navy, and the East India trade, was discussed at the highest levels of the U.S. government in 1799. President John Adams was then beefing up the United States Navy. Having had the U.S.S. Constitution...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Apr 2021

April 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Mrs. Russel will be much obliged to those that will employ her Hands.” Elisabeth Russel, John Giles, and William Russel, the executors of Alexander Russel’s estate,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Apr 2021

Moving Images of Revolution:  A Critical Forum on Gonzalo Benavente Sacco’s “La Revolución y la tierra” (Peru, 2020)

The following forum on La Revoución y la Tierra (Peru, 2020) consists of an introduction by Adrián Lerner Patrón, six essays on select themes from the film (some in Spanish and others in English) by scholars of Latin American history...
From: Age of Revolutions on 7 Apr 2021

The Privateer’s House

On this very day in 1776, the Continental Congress authorized private vessels commissioned with “Letters of Marque and Reprisal” to “make captures of British Vessels and Cargoes” and Salem’s shipowners and shipmasters responded...
From: streets of salem on 3 Apr 2021

Pennock, “Uncovering the Early Indigenous Atlantic” in the June 2020 AHR

Caroline Dodds Pennock, “Aztecs Abroad? Uncovering the Early Indigenous Atlantic,” American Historical Review 125/3 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 1 Apr 2021

Premo, “Calculating Age in Colonial Spanish American Law” in AHR, April

Bianca Premo, “Meticulous Imprecision: Calculating Age in Colonial Spanish American Law,” American Historical Review 125/2 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 31 Mar 2021

Reappraisal in the AHR: Townsend Reviews Gibson, “Aztecs under Spanish Rule,” April 2019

American Historical Review 124/2 (2019): Camilla Townsend, “Worlds without End: The Aztecs under Spanish Rule: A History of the Indians of the Valley of Mexico, 1519-1810, by Charles Gibson.”
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 30 Mar 2021

Was New France a society of the “long Middle Ages”? Part

Arnaud Montreuil  Could it be interesting for historians of New France and early Canada to compare New French society to medieval society? In the first part of this post, I suggested that this might be the case, and that this avenue deserves to be...
From: Borealia on 29 Mar 2021

This Week on Dispatches: John Rees on Remembrances of Black Revolutionary War Veterans

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews writer, researcher, historian, and JAR contributor John Rees on his series of articles about nineteenth-century remembrances... The post This Week on Dispatches: John Rees on Remembrances...

Van Deusen, “Indigenous Slavery’s Archive in 17th-Cent Chile” in HAHR, Feb 2021

Nancy E. van Deusen, “Indigenous Slavery’s Archive in Seventeenth-Century Chile,” Hispanic American Historical Review 101/1 (2021).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 26 Mar 2021

Silva Campo, “Slavery & the Geographies of Legal Status in Cartagena de Indias” in HAHR Aug

Ana María Silva Campo, “Through the Gate of the Media Luna: Slavery and the Geographies of Legal Status in Colonial Cartagena de Indias,” Hispanic American Historical Review 100/3 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 25 Mar 2021

Confronting America’s Legacy of Gun Violence and Racism: An Interview with Arlen Parsa

*** As yet another bout of shootings have occurred in the United States (in Atlanta, Ga and Boulder, CO), defenders of the Second Amendment are already summoning the Founding Fathers to justify continued lax gun regulations, drawing again into stark...
From: Age of Revolutions on 24 Mar 2021

Space and the Encounter in Peru + A Native American Buccaneer in HAHR May

The Hispanic American Historical Review 100/2 (2020): Jeremy M. Mikecz, “Beyond Cajamarca: A Spatial Narrative Reimagining of the Encounter in Peru, 1532-1533.” Arne Bialuschewski, “Juan Gallardo: A Native American Buccaneer.”
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 23 Mar 2021

Sierra Silva, “Afro-Mexican Women in Saint-Domingue,” HAHR Feb

Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva, “Afro-Mexican Women in Saint-Domingue: Piracy, Captivity, and Community in the 1680s and 1690s,” Hispanic American Historical Review, 100/1 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 19 Mar 2021

The Inquisition in Colonial Latin America: CLAR Oct

The Colonial Latin American Review dedicated an issue last fall to the inquisition; it seems like many of these articles would be of interest to peninsular Hispanists. The Colonial Latin American Review 29/3 (2020): Kris Lane & Kenneth Mills,...
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 18 Mar 2021

Dierksmeier, “Forbidden Herbs” in CLAR,

Laura Dierksmeier, “Forbidden herbs: Alzate’s defense of pipiltzintzintlis,” Colonial Latin American Review 29/2 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 16 Mar 2021

The Howard Street Church

The Howard Street Church was a short-lived institution, but it had an enormous impact on Salem’s nineteenth-century social and political life, far beyond the brevity of its existence or size of its membership. It is also a great example of...
From: streets of salem on 15 Mar 2021

“Whereas Tea is an Indian Plant…”

Yesterday I quoted a couple of press reports and a diary entry showing how Bostonians used the trope of “Indians” to discuss the men who dumped tea in the harbor, both in December 1773 and March 1774.Another document of that sort was printed...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Mar 2021

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