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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s first book of poems had been considered lost to history for well over one hundred years. Johanna Ortner shares the tale of recovering this incredibly valuable text–and shares the text itself–with the readers of Common-place.
This roundtable is part of an ongoing series devoted to “First Person” experiences with early American culture.
How does one create memory around an event that has long been lost to history?
A twenty-first century chef invites guests to enter the spirit of Nat Fuller’s 1865 Reconciliation Banquet.
Clinton, South Carolina, seems at first blush an unlikely host location for the Nat Fuller Feast.
Enacting Nat Fuller’s Feast at the University of South Carolina
The descendant of Nat Fuller’s mentor reflects on the 2015 Feast.
An open letter from Chef Kevin Mitchell to Chef Nat Fuller.
David Shields reflects on the legacy of Nat Fuller in the wake of the attack on the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston.
An invitation to Common-place readers to create their own events dedicated to reconciliation.
A review of Michael Drexler and Ed White’s recent collaboration, The Traumatic Colonel: The Founding Fathers, Slavery, and the Phantasmatic Aaron Burr
Swashbucklers, rogues, and scoundrels—the legacy of early modern sea rovers in popular culture has made piracy basically synonymous with villainy. […]
Kelly A. Ryan’s work, Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts, 1700-1830, explores the intersections of patriarchal power and […]
“Man,” wrote John Webb, a Boston-based minister, in a 1726 sermon, “conforms to the Tempers and Manners of the Company […]
History Wars, Then and Now: The Politics of Unity in American History Textbooks before the Civil War
When it came to women being federal employees, Jefferson could not see the light for the lighthouse.
The continental versus Atlantic debate is more about historiography than history.
Two inches wide and eleven feet long, it mapped, among other things, a reunited nation.
A meditation on early nineteenth-century Chinese portraits of George Washington.