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What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Strips of Paper are printed off, containing a List of every Rateable Article.” Throughout the colonies, printers produced, advertised, and sold “BLANKS” or printed forms...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Aug 2021

Iohn Bull on a bed of roses

“John Bull, a plebeian, stout and dishevelled, lies on his back on a tangle of large roses with vicious thorns. These are on a heap of stones and under the stump of a decayed oak tree (left). He exclaims: “Oh Lord! Oh Lord! if this be the Bed of Roses...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 24 Jun 2021

Continental Congress vs. Continental Army: Paying For It All

When the Second Continental Congress met in June 1775, they were not prepared for what they found. Several months earlier on April 19 the... The post Continental Congress vs. Continental Army: Paying For It All appeared first on Journal of the American...

Widows Were Taxed in the Plymouth Colony BUT They Could NOT Vote or Hold Office,

Since widows were the only women within the Plymouth Colony allowed to hold any substantial amount of property, they were also the only women within the colony who could have their property taxed. The property of married women was turned over to their...
From: 17th-century American Women on 3 Dec 2017

Taxed from head to toe

We have previously looked at hair powder tax, glove tax and now for the next installment we have, drum roll please –  you’ve guessed it – shoe and boot tax. So far as finding ways to generate much needed revenue the government of...
From: All Things Georgian on 31 May 2016

18th Century Taxes

  Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library   We all complain about the taxes we pay, back in the 18th century things were no different, but perhaps government offered a little more clarity about exactly what you were paying for. If it could be taxed...
From: All Things Georgian on 10 Mar 2015

How was the Revolutionary War paid for?

It’s one thing to make speeches about declaring independence, or to assemble militias and discuss battle tactics against the enemy. It’s quite another thing to pay for it all. So how do you pay for a war that no one expected to last eight years? Great...

"America Must Fall": A Rhode Island Loyalist in Canada Takes Stock in 1786

A bit of sarcasm and a great deal of pessimism about the path that Rhode Island chose in separating from Great Britain, from the standpoint of James Clarke, from Newport.  Three years after independence, Clarke was clearly neither sanguine about the...
From: Revolutionary Thoughts on 5 Feb 2015

A great stream from a petty fountain

A torrent of taxes gushes from the mouth of Lord Henry Petty, chancellor of the exchequer, emptying into the “Unfathomable Sea of Taxation” in which John Bull is drowning in full view of greedy cormorants representing members of the Grenville...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 10 Apr 2014

Virginia on the Eve of Revolution

Parliament’s passage of the 1765 Stamp Act is rightly viewed by many as a key moment in the American Revolution. This new “internal” tax, which the British parliament adopted so that the American colonists would pay their “fair share” of Great...

Searching for Loyalists: Boston Harborfest (part 3)

“Tory Stories” After attending the “No Tax on Tea!” program at the Old South Meeting House, I walked to nearby King’s Chapel, the first Anglican Church in Massachusetts.[1] The steeple-less, hand-hewn, granite-block church sits on the edge of...

Searching for Loyalists at Boston Harborfest (part 2)

“No Tax on Tea! A Colonial Tea Debate”[1] The roles the Meeting House educators assign to participants on their way through the door. Blue for Patriots, yellow for Loyalists. Photo by author. On Friday July 5, I returned to the Old South Meeting House...

Searching for Loyalists: Boston Harborfest (part 1)

My Quest As a historian, I am interested in how people understand and interact with the past. I find the question of how present-day Americans relate to the American Revolution and War for Independence particularly fascinating. This curiosity led me to...

Process and Protest

Ken Owen thinks about protests in Istanbul and Brazil as a means of reflecting on the role between process and protest in the American Revolution.
From: The Junto on 24 Jun 2013

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

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

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

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.