Millard Fillmore and the Policing of Black America

Dear Fellow Early Americanists,

The Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore just published a new blog entry. This one discusses "Millard Fillmore and the Policing of Black America." We hope that you, or your students, find it worth your time.

SHEAR 2023 - "Fractures in White Identity and Power" - Panelist Wanted


We're two PhD candidates (reading History and Literature respectively) looking to put together a panel on the fragmentation of white identity and power, preferably in the antebellum period. We're looking for papers that challenge conceptions of a universal "white" identity and power,  including but not limited to race and gender politics. If you're interested in participating in this panel, please email

Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, and Elections

Hi Fellow Early Americanists,

We at the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore just published another blog entry. This one, "Election Time," discusses (as you might guess) what Taylor, Fillmore, and their correspondents wrote about office-seeking and the electoral process. We hope you enjoy it.

Best wishes,
Michael Cohen (Editor)
American University

Constitution Blog Entry

Dear Fellow Historians,

We've just published the latest entry in the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore's blog. This one, on "Taylor, Fillmore, and the Constitution," comes just in time for Constitution Day. I hope you enjoy reading what these future presidents wrote (or didn't write) about the founding document.

With best wishes to all,
Michael Cohen

Millard Fillmore and the Fourth of July

Fellow historians, the newest blog entry for the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore is up: "Independence Day and Summer Travel." This one gets into both how Fillmore spent the holiday and recent conference conversations among documentary editors.

Have a lovely holiday weekend!

Best wishes,
Michael Cohen

CFP: Washington Early American Seminar 2022-23

The Washington Area Early American Seminar, hosted by the University of Maryland, 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. We especially welcome proposals related to Black life in this period.

Author Interview--Luke Ritter (Inventing America's First Immigration Crisis) Part 2

Hello H-CivWar Readers:
Today we continue our conversation with Luke Ritter to talk about his new book Inventing America's First Immigration Crisis: Political Nativism in the Antebellum West, published by Fordham University Press in December 2020.

Part 1

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