Detail from “Procession of Victuallers of Philadelphia, on the 15th of March, 1821,” hand-colored engraving and aquatint by Joseph Yeager after drawing by John Lewis Krimmel (Philadelphia, 1821). Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Early American #BlackLivesMatter

The problem is an overdetermined interpretive frame that presumes that Hammon’s poems matter most only when they say something about slavery.

The Pilgrim Pair survey recent scholarship on the white settlement of North America. Photo by Jonathan Beecher Field.

Come On, Lilgrim

The gap between academic and popular understandings of early American topics is an enduring challenge for early Americanists. In the case of Thanksgiving, that gap is widening.


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