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Wild Spirits

Wild Spirits

By Jeffrey Anderson Jeffrey Anderson describes an unexpected personal encounter while conducting research in Haiti. Historical research is a lot like detective work. The historian investigates evidence without knowing for… READ MORE

Moncure Conway Rewrites the Past

Moncure Conway Rewrites the Past

By Frank Cirillo The author of The Abolitionist Civil War describes his efforts to separate fact from fiction in the autobiographical record of an antislavery activist. As a historian, I… READ MORE

Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

By Robert Morgan The author of Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe muses on the fascinating life of the beloved writer. Much we assume we know about Edgar… READ MORE

Jolly Ranchers, Taffies, and Receipts

Jolly Ranchers, Taffies, and Receipts

By Cassander L. Smith The author of Race and Respectability in an Early Black Atlantic on what inspired her latest monograph. I don’t remember my exact age or the year,… READ MORE

Remembering the Empire of Brutality

Remembering the Empire of Brutality

By Christopher Michael Blakley Through the brutal incident described in this blog post, Christopher Michael Blakley demonstrates the indirect ways enslaved people fought back against the dehumanization they experienced at… READ MORE

Finding “Harriet Ann’s Christmas”

Finding “Harriet Ann’s Christmas”

By Thomas Ruys Smith In this post, Thomas Ruys Smith describes how he came across a long-lost holiday story by a celebrated New England writer of the late nineteenth century…. READ MORE

Victorian Girls Doing STEM

Victorian Girls Doing STEM

By Hans Rasmussen In this post, Hans Rasmussen uses the diary of Ella Grunewald, a teenage girl in late nineteenth-century New Orleans, to show that, despite various campaigns in recent… READ MORE

Po’Boys of All Kinds

Po’Boys of All Kinds

By Burke Bischoff In this post, Burke Bischoff describes the abundant variety of po’boys on offer in New Orleans. New Orleans is internationally famous for its distinctive architecture, one-of-a-kind culture,… READ MORE

Historical Déjà Vu

Historical Déjà Vu

By Ritchie Devon Watson The climate of division and discontent that characterized the United States during the antebellum period bears some striking resemblances to current times, Ritchie Devon Watson notes… READ MORE