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The latest from H-SHEAR...

New Issue of Common-place Now Launched

The last word in history might be story, but an ever longer list of films, documentaries, and historical dramas raise serious questions about the line separating good history from good story. In the July issue of Common-place, historian Cole Jones and social studies education professor Jeremy Stoddard turn their thoughts to AMC network’s series Turn: Washington’s Spies.

CFP: Virginia Forum 2016

Virginia Forum: March 3–5, 2016

“Convergences and Disjunctures”

The 2016 Virginia Forum will be hosted by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and held at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Virginia Forum brings together historians, teachers, writers, archivists, museum curators, historic site interpreters, librarians, and others engaged in the study and interpretation of Virginia history to share their knowledge, research, and experiences.

Query: Orders in council and other British circulars and notices authorizing collection of parliamentary taxes

In regard to these taxes and regulations, 1764 - Sugar Act, 1764 - Currency Act, 1765 - Stamp Act, 1765 - Quartering Act, 1767 - Townshend Revenue Act,  and 1773 - Tea Act, I am looking for copies of the orders in council (or other admistrative circulars or notices) sent (I suppose) from Whitehall to colonial governors (or, perhaps, directly to colonial and New World revenue officials) authorizing the collection of these taxes.

Re: Reflecting on #SHEAR15?

I for one really enjoyed the Carolina barbecue...and the robust roundtable (session 44) that considered whether the early American republic was an empire: a "yes" consensus among speakers and audience, it seems, was reached quickly. Discussion focused more on how, when, and why the transformation happened (1607? 1763? 1800? ), and the foreign impacts of Americans' empire-making - in West Africa, South and East Asia, and among Native Americans. I'd like to have heard more about what may have distinguished the early American [italics] empire (or empires ?