Good morning SHEARites,
Hope this is okay to ask here- my original host had to cancel due to job relocation, so I'm looking for a place to stay in Cleveland Wednesday (7/18) through Sunday (7/22) evenings. Would anyone like to save some cash by sharing a room or AirBnB for SHEAR? (I'm pretty low maintenance and could also easily fit on a sofa!)
I was reading the 1976 article, "Benjamin Rush and His Insane Son," published in the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. I became intrigued by this: Rush wrote to a friend that "My eldest son ... has more than once begged me to flog him in preference to confining him" (1319).
How prevalent was confining children as a punishment in the late 18th and early 19th century? Is there literature on this that people could recommend?
[Ed. note (PBK): our friends at H-Childhood would also be a good source on this question.]
A Fire Bell in the Past: The Missouri Crisis at 200
February 15-16, 2019
The Washington Area Early American Seminar, hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park, invites proposals from scholars wishing to present work in progress in the next academic year on any topic connected to Atlantic world or American history prior to 1865. Genuine work in progress is preferable to polished, already-accepted pieces and we especially welcome proposals from scholars farther afield who will be visiting the DC area for research this coming year.
An interesting precursor to Richard John's literature review in the current JER on the historiography of the state in our period is his "Rethinking American Political History" posted as a reply to James Banner's review of Brown's Strength of a People, 20 years ago in April 1998. You can link to the post
I'm working on colonial and early republic advertisements for runaway servants and apprentices in New Hampshire. Most of the subsribers offered a reward for the return of their servants or apprentices, ranging from one penny to ten or even forty dollars. However, I've also encountered at least a half dozen instances where the reward offered was "1 Spanish Potato" or "3 Spanish Potatoes" (the earliest occuring in 1775, the latest 1815).