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The “gender-bending” Deborah Sampson

In The New York Times of January 13, 2014, there was a review of a novel by Alex Myers called Revolutionary. I was interested because Myers based his work of historical fiction on the true story of a 22-year-old Massachusetts woman named Deborah Sampson...
From: In the Words of Women on 23 Jan 2014

“I’ll not trouble you with any more of my politics”

Apparently chastised for her political views, Patriot Cornelia Bell (see previous post) wrote in a conciliatory tone to her Loyalist brother in New York City in March of 1777: I’ll not trouble you with any more of my politics; they are so disagreeable...
From: In the Words of Women on 20 Jan 2014

“such are the effects of War”

Families were not only separated by the war but their loyalties were often divided. Cornelia Bell lived in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and sympathized with the Patriots, while her brother Andrew, a lawyer, supported the British cause and was in New york...
From: In the Words of Women on 16 Jan 2014

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

At the Armchair General website, Scott Stephenson wrote a very gratifying review of the Journal of the American Revolution’s first collection of articles, noting two of my own contributions to the volume among many others:I found more information in...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Dec 2013

Strategy to Pre-war Violence?

Do you think there was a greater strategy behind most of the pre-war violence, or was it primarily raw emotion and vengeance?   There was a greater strategy but, unfortunately, that strategy routinely used raw emotion and vengeance against its opponents....

More Things at All Things Liberty

This month I’ve been busy contributing to the Journal of the American Revolution. (That’s the website that published its first collection this fall, with other essays by me.) The new articles include:“Five Myths of Tarring and Feathering”: From...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Dec 2013

Meeting William Pencak

Yet another historian of early America who died this fall was William Pencak, who spent most of his career at Penn State. He wrote on a great many topics, including Pennsylvania’s Revolution and Jews and Gentiles in Early America, 1654-1800, but also...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Dec 2013

The Junto Reviews the Books of Pauline Maier

Early this month The Junto devoted a week of their blog to reviewing the legacy of historian Pauline Maier, who died this summer. Their essays discuss both Pauline’s four major books (she also wrote valuable articles, reviews, and teaching texts)...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Dec 2013

“Mean is the man, M—N is his Name”

This is the Fifth of November, which Bostonians of the mid-1700s celebrated as “Pope Night.” Young men and boys would parade with what they called pageantry and we’d call floats: wagons decorated with giant puppets representing the Pope, the Devil,...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Nov 2013

Brian Deming on “Why Boston?”

Brian Deming is author of Boston and the Dawn of American Independence. That new book explores why so many Bostonians felt the need to revolt in 1775. Deming, a journalist and novelist, began this book while living in Boston, and he sent this guest blogger...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Oct 2013

“for the relief and encouragement of those brave Men”

Not to be outdone by women in Pennsylvania and Maryland who had collected money to help the poorly financed soldiers of the Continental Army, women in Trenton, New Jersey, announced in a newspaper in July 1780, the establishment of a state-wide organization...
From: In the Words of Women on 7 Oct 2013

When were they Patriots and Loyalists?

At what point during the American Revolution is it most acceptable to classify colonists as either Patriots or Loyalists?   1776.  Before this, many people who were indisputably Patriots (John Dickinson, James Wilson) were also loyal; in fact, most...

“Training day”

Jemima Condict was born in northwestern New Jersey, in 1754. She began keeping a diary or journal the year she turned eighteen and continued making entries until her untimely death after childbirth at the age of twenty-five. For the title and several...
From: In the Words of Women on 3 Oct 2013

“I would be Protectress of his little offspring”

Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed at the battle of Breed’s Hill in June 1775, had no will, therefore there were no written instructions regarding the care of his children in case of his death. Mercy Scollay, his fiancee, claimed Warren had asked...
From: In the Words of Women on 30 Sep 2013

“I cannot forbear to drop a tear”

Joseph Warren, a medical doctor, was a prominent leader of the American resistance to the British in Boston. As president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress he dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famous ride (April 18, 1775) to warn...
From: In the Words of Women on 19 Sep 2013

“the distress it has ocationed is Past my discription”

Jane Mecom kept up a correspondence with her brother Benjamin Franklin throughout her life. In the following excerpt she describes for Franklin, recently returned from Britain, the situation in Boston after the battles of Lexington and Concord. She was...
From: In the Words of Women on 16 Sep 2013

“the crisis, the very crisis”

Sarah Winslow Deming, the aunt of Anna Green Winslow (see post), was living in Boston in April 1775, with her husband Captain John Deming, his niece Sally, and her slave Lucinda. It was a time of confusion: the British had occupied Boston and, after Lexington...
From: In the Words of Women on 9 Sep 2013

“cut off from all communication with the Country”

The Siege of Boston refers to the eleven-month period from April 1775 to March 1776 during which the British, though they occupied Boston, were contained there by New England militiamen and the Continental Army commanded by George Washington. Ann Hulton,...
From: In the Words of Women on 5 Sep 2013

“warm Whigs”

As with all memoirs, written as they are in later life, one cannot assume they represent an accurate picture of the events described. Bearing this in mind, Eliza Morton Quincy’s recollections written in 1821 are nevertheless revealing. (See her...
From: In the Words of Women on 25 Jul 2013

“my fears render me so miserable”

Having fled Philadelphia when the British occupied the city Alice Lee Shippen took refuge at the Lee family home in Virginia. She felt out of touch there and was frantic with worry about her husband and Tommy their son. She wrote: Stratford 17 Janry....
From: In the Words of Women on 13 Jun 2013

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

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.