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The Strange Death(?) of Political History

Historians are back in the news, this time not as a scolds (“this bit of history in popular culture isn’t historical enough”) but as Cassandras. Recently Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood, writing under the… 1,628 more words

American Revolution

Gunpowder plots - playing with ideas

When researching I always look for ways into a story –  the hook, the idea, the character that makes you want to tell the tale… This will be the trigger for plot and story-line; mine came with the rediscovery of the concept of priest holes in connection with research into the whys and wherefores of the gunpowder plot… Specifically it came with discovering that a Jesuit priest named Nick Owen had been responsible for building many of the  253 more words

Historical Fiction

Q and A: the Gunpowder Plot

I am always astonished at how just a little research can open up so many possibilities for fictional weaving:

The BBC’s  What if the gunpowder plot had succeeded… 415 more words


Guest Post: It’s Pronounced “Woo-ster”: The OIEAHC's 22nd Annual Conference Recap

Andrew Johnson (@dajohnsonii) is a doctoral candidate in history at Rice University. His work explores the social and cultural intersections stemming from the trades in captive peoples, both Native American and trans-Atlantic, who happened to find themselves in colonial South Carolina and situates enslaved Native Americans in the more-studied development of slavery in the colony. 919 more words


Summer Reading 2016

Summer! That wonderful, studentless, seminar-free oasis of uninterrupted relaxation, when we can all settle down to some quality time with those alluring new acquisitions on our bookshelves—and maybe even tackle some of the glowering doorstops that have remained there unread for all too long. 612 more words


#WhatComesNext? Book Ideas for the Hamilton Lover in Your Life

With Hamilton’s sweep at the Tonys last night, this year’s phenomenal tide of Hamilton-mania has hit the high-water mark. You’ve cheered each much-deserved award and accolade, you’ve memorized every word of the soundtrack, you’ve devoured the #Hamiltome. 1,286 more words

American Revolution

Review: Alejandra Dubcovsky, Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South

Alejandra Dubcovsky’s Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016) is an ambitious book. She analyzes how information was communicated throughout the early South, a region that was without a regular mail system or print culture prior to 1730. 824 more words