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).
(Ed. note [PBK]: although the referenced article addresses librarians, its discussion of the effectiveness of academic search engines may be of interest to scholars who rely heavily on them.)
An Evidence-Based Review of Academic Web Search Engines, 2014-2016: Implications for Librarians’ Practice and Research Agenda
For my research on the public feud between Emma Willard and Marcius Willson in 1845-1848, I am trying to date Willson’s letter to a New York newspaper attacking Willard’s history textbook. I am hoping that someone on this network might have access to the newspaper or direct me to a repository that does.
Digging around in the network's logs from early 1998, I encountered one of Review Editor Bruce Baird's legendary interactive review sessions, this one beginning on March 23 about the "new narrative history" beginning with Eric Papenfuse's review of Thomas P. Slaughter's The Natures of John and William Bartram (Alfred A.