New Issue of Common-place Now Launched

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Dear all,

Console yourself over summer’s end with the wealth of early American scholarship featured in the 17.3.5 issue of Common-place!
As we prepare to re-enter the world of academic exchange this September, take a moment to reflect on early American modes of commerce. Our reviewers explore texts focusing on the understated power of the American custom house (Gautham Rao, National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State) and the under-studied effectiveness of Atlantic anti-slave trade legislation (Leonardo Marques, The United States and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Americas, 1776-1867). Explore Hartford Puritans’ often-meandering path to conversion (Baird Tipson, Hartford Puritanism: Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and Their Terrifying God) and consider how the act of counting bodies helped to support colonial logics of control (Molly Farrell, Counting Bodies: Population in Colonial American Writing). Once you’ve had your fill of exchange, conversion, and regulation, join Scott Kelley, who uses this issue’s Poetic Research column to invite a meditation on the lonely endeavors of whalers who “put to sea and hoped” by tracing his own solitary journey through the painstaking work of scrimshaw.
Common-place is co-edited by Anna Mae Duane and Walter W. Woodward at the University of Connecticut, and published by a partnership of the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut. It’s all ready for your computer, tablet, or mobile device right now at
Nathan Jérémie-Brink
PhD Candidate, History, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation Fellow, Louisville Institute
Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library
New Media Editor, Common-place Journal,