H-Early-America welcomes a new network editor

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Last week, I introduced our two new book review editors.  This week, H-Early-America welcomes a new network editor.  Steven Peach, Assistant Professor of History at Tarleton State University, has deep roots in early American history and a strong interest in the early republic and antebellum eras as well.  His research explores Indian ethnohistory and political leadership in the American South.  Going forward, Steven will be preparing quarterly round-ups on the state of the field for H-Early-America.  Welcome, Steven!

Darcy R. Fryer and Joe Borsato, H-Early-America editors

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Thank you for the introduction, Darcy and Joe! I am thrilled to join H-Early-America as a network editor, and I shall do my utmost to advance the collective spirit of this network. As Darcy and Joe mentioned, my research interests are quite broad, but my scholarly anchor is Native North America. I practice ethnohistory to uncover the ways in which Native people in the early American South conceptualized and wielded political power during periods of intense colonial change. My earliest work centered on Creek Indian leadership in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World (or the "Red Atlantic"), and now I am finishing up a book manuscript exploring the evolution of Creek Indian governance in the long eighteenth century. My book is tentatively entitled Three Rivers: The Creek Indians, Riverine Power, and Political Leadership in the American South. There is yet another dimension of my work, which concerns the history of missionization in Indian Territory/Oklahoma. I am particularly intrigued by how southern Indian women shaped the missionary project to their own ends. I will bring this multicultural focus to H-Early-America. Like our new book review editors, I want to foster discussions that seek to understand the tapestry of peoples, empires, and traditions that shaped early America or, as Karin Wulf has written, a "vast" early America. In that vein, I will write brief quarterly assessments that capture where the scholarship is, where it has been, and where it might be going. I plan to post these write-ups as Discussions, so that our subscribers may contribute when necessary. I welcome, too, "guest" posts from graduate students and junior historians (like myself) as well as senior scholars who may want to weigh in more formally. I look forward to serving our field as an H-Early-America network editor. I may be reached at peach@tarleton.edu. ~Steven