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Panel on Slavery and Religion, Old State House, 5 Feb.

On Tuesday, 5 February, at 5:15 P.M., the Old State House in Boston will host a meeting of the Boston Area Early American History Seminars sponsored and normally hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Another change from the seminar series’...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Jan 2013

The Antigua Conspiracy of 1736—Who Was Really Conspiring?

Mike Dash at the Smithsonian Magazine blog examines the evidence about a revolt of people enslaved on Antigua in 1736:According to David Barry Gaspar, who has written in more detail on the subject than anybody else, Klaas was one of the masterminds behind...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Jan 2013

Reviewing Jefferson the Politician

The Jefferson tussles continue with Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain, assessing Jon Meacham’s political biography Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power in The New Republic: Meacham has read the scholarly literature on Jefferson—some of...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Jan 2013

Promoting the Manufacture of Sugar from the Sugar Maple Tree

Another periodical on my recent reading list was the Autumn 2012 issue of Colonial Williamsburg, featuring its usual mix of articles. One that caught my eye was Mary Miley Theobald’s “Thomas Jefferson and the Sugar Maple Scheme”.I first read about...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Jan 2013

“A Negro servant Man, belonging to Major Robert Rogers”

There’s an old joke in academic science that the authors of a paper believe the theory it puts forward but know the data is really crap. In contrast, all their colleagues believe the data and think the theory is crap.I was reminded of that knee-slapper...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jan 2013

Thomas Jefferson Reviews Phillis Wheatley

I’ll turn from my own book reviews to one by Thomas Jefferson, a small part of his Notes on the State of Virginia.By 1782, when Jefferson reworked that manuscript into book form, emancipation advocates like Dr. Benjamin Rush and Voltaire were using...
From: Boston 1775 on 31 Dec 2012

“More Moving Parts to This Machine”

The public discussion of Thomas Jefferson and slavery continued this month as The Atlantic Monthly’s Ta-Nehisi Coates posted an essay about a comment that the third President was caught in an “economic system of which no alternative was readily available.”...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Dec 2012

“Instead, he cites Annette Gordon-Reed?”

Until I read this week’s New York Times article on Henry Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, I didn’t realize how that book treats the work of Annette Gordon-Reed.As I wrote yesterday, Gordon-Reed’s Thomas Jefferson...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Nov 2012

Academic History, Popular History, and Jefferson’s Slaveholding

A more salient element of the debate over Henry Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves than differing interpretations is the divide between popular and academic history. Wiencek is an “independent scholar,” not an academic....
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Nov 2012

Debate over Master of the Mountain

The debate over Henry Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves merited a long article in the New York Times yesterday. To review, this book is a highly critical look at Jefferson’s slaveholding that prompted:a Smithsonian...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Nov 2012

The Vassalls’ Pension and Tonight’s Lecture in Medford

On 17 June 1858, an anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Massachusetts Historical Society held a special meeting at the house of member Henry W. Longfellow. Members shared some documents about the first owner of that house, John Vassall.Massachusetts...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Nov 2012

Reviews of Master of the Mountain

In 1997 Annette Gordon-Reed’s Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy persuasively argued that most previous discussions of the evidence about the relationship between the third President and his enslaved housekeeper were inaccurate...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Oct 2012

Upcoming Talks in Sudbury and Medford

Yesterday’s posting offers a chance to mention two talks I’m looking forward to giving next month.On Monday, 5 November, I’ll speak to the Sudbury Minutemen about “The Powder Alarm,” the militia mobilization in September 1774 that marked...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Oct 2012

New Light on Childhood at Monticello

The latest issue of Smithsonian magazine features Henry Wiencek’s article “The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson,” which can be read online here.The article focuses on the management of the nail-making forge at Monticello, one of the new ways Jefferson...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Oct 2012

More to Read, So Much More

The University of Pennsylvania Press recently announced the contents of two journals with several intriguing articles, a couple of which I believe I read in draft as part of the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, which is about to start up again...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Sep 2012

Carretta on Wheatley in Worcester, 28 Sept.

On Friday, 28 September, the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester will host Prof. Vincent Carretta of the University of Maryland speaking on “In Search of Phillis Wheatley.” This talk is the 29th Annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture on the History...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Sep 2012

Letters from a Jamaican Slaveowner

Christer Petley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton, recently announced the launch of a website called Slavery and Revolution, “for research about Jamaica and Atlantic slavery in the Age of Revolution.”It showcases the letters of...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Sep 2012

Reflections on Mahogany

Yesterday’s New York Times Design column featured Jennifer L. Anderson’s new book Mahogany: The Cost of Luxury in Early America:In a recent interview Ms. Anderson emphasized...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Aug 2012

Stories from Old Homes

This month the Boston Globe published a couple of articles in its local sections that might be of wider interest for folks interested in eighteenth-century history.From Plymouth came word...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Aug 2012

Two Looks at Rhode Island’s Continental Soldiers

On Wednesday, 29 August, the African Meeting House on Nantucket will host a talk by Louis Wilson on “Rhode Island’s Black Patriots in the Revolutionary War.” This is the Museum of African American History’s annual Frank and Bette Spriggs Lecture....
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Aug 2012

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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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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