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H-SHEAR is dedicated to enhancing scholarly communication on the history of the early American republic, during the period 1775 to 1860. The network is sponsored by SHEAR, the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and is owned by H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences Online, currently centered at Michigan State University.  Click here to learn more...


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Annual Conference App Now Live

SHEAR Conference News

Hello SHEARites!  The 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is only two months away.  We are no longer distributing a printed program in advance of the meeting.  Instead, we've built a mobile app for SHEAR’s annual meeting that has everything you need to know for the conference, including the full program, locations, maps, travel information, links to registration, hotel, sponsors, and exhibitors, and much more.  Using the app or the online version of the program, you’ll be able to create your own schedules, received texted program updates, tap int

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2016–2017 Fellowship Appointments

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host 19 new fellows for the 2016–2017 academic year. The museum’s program grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

The 2016–2017 museum fellows are:

Registration Open 1 May

SHEAR Conference News

Hello SHEARites! The 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is in less than three months, and plans are well underway. We are no longer distributing printed programs in advance of the meeting (printed programs will be available to conference attendees upon check-in).

State of the Field: Empire and the Early Republic (x-H-Diplo)


In a recent State of the Field Essay commissioned by our friends at H-Diplo, Emily Conroy-Krutz situates concepts of empire, colonialism, and imperialism within the period of national expansion in the Early Republic, pointing out that : "If the traditional questions of the Early Republic have been focused on the creation of the nation-state, these recent and forthcoming works reveal some of the ways in which the study of this period has been transformed in recent years.  Once we no longer feel the need to debate whether the United States is, was,