In this era of click-bait headlines and little time to settle in with a complicated and nuanced book (not to mention pressures to publish), categories offer a quick way to make sense of complex phenomena.
My generation of historians and curators has worked hard to claim a space for critical history in our museums and historic sites and, at the same time, to make our storytelling emotionally compelling.
What makes Harper’s January 31  lecture rare is that we have its full text. The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph printed a transcription of “National Salvation” the day after Harper spoke.
… here are thirteen emerging early American scholars introducing a pre-1800 text available online to the public for free.
Creating a literary genealogy linking Occom and Wheatley could change conceptions of early American Indian and African American writing and missionary work
Sentimental reformist oration, fugitive confession, and the personal epistle are all represented in this text.
Keys are border-phenomenon that split the world into a within and a without and, in the seventeenth century, record a surprisingly tight fit between subject and object.
These texts show how Anglo-Americans learned to love their walls and fences.
Combining Revolutionary politics with the social and cultural valences of gender, race, class, nation, and power, this political cartoon serves as a multidimensional cipher which people at every knowledge level can participate in analyzing.
The First Decades of the Massachusetts Bay; or Idleness, Wolves, and a Man Who Shall No Longer Be Called Mister
The Puritan freemen may have the loudest voices in the archive; but theirs are not the only narratives being told.