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Contributor Close-up: George Kotlik

What inspired you to start researching and writing about the American Revolution? The War for North American Independence has been a fierce passion of... The post Contributor Close-up: George Kotlik appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

This Week on Dispatches: Ray Raphael on the Constitutional Debate about Impeachment

On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews award-winning historian, writer, and JAR Associate Editor, Ray Raphael, about the debate during the Constitutional Convention on... The post This Week on Dispatches: Ray Raphael on the...

Journal of the American Revolution Announces 2015 Book of the Year Award Winners

Journal of the American Revolution, the popular online magazine and annual book, today announced its winner and runners-up for the 2015 Book of the Year Award. The annual award goes to the non-fiction volume that best mirrors the journal’s mission:...

The Spirit of ’74, How the American Revolution Began

Book Review: The Spirit of ’74, How the American Revolution Began (New York, The New Press, 2015) by Ray Raphael and Marie Raphael Most people understand that the American Revolution began in Massachusetts.  What they may not know is that...

For Love of the Footnote

I love footnotes. I won’t read a historical article if it does not have proper footnotes; why waste my time? When thumbing a book and contemplating a purchase I thumb from the back. The book must have an index[1] and it must have footnotes.[2] If there...

12 Questions with Ray Raphael

If Ray Raphael had a personal mission statement, it would likely be three sentences from a recent profile story in Reed magazine: Ray wants to rescue history from mythology. He wants our understanding of revolutionary America to be based on evidence,...

The American Revolution: The TV Series

When there are so many good models for how this might be done, why are our options for the American Revolution as light entertainment so poor?
From: The Junto on 12 Mar 2013

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This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.