Levi Lincoln’s Wayward Son – Daniel Waldo Lincoln
Reflections on the Relation between History and Literature: The Crucible and John and Elizabeth Proctor of Salem
Editor’s Note—Birds, Bots, and Elephants: Commonplace and Social Media
William & Mary’s Nottoway Quarter: The Political Economy of Institutional Slavery and Settler Colonialism
The Curious Affair of the Horsewhipped Senator: A Diplomatic Crisis That Didn’t Happen
Edgar Allan Poe: Pioneering Mollusk Scientist
Collecting for Salvation: American Antiquarianism and the Natural History of the East
Loosening the Tongue: Language Learning among Early American Missionaries to the Ottoman Empire
How Love Conquered a Convent: Catholicism and Gender Disorder on the 1830s Stage
To Remember or to Forget: The Story of Philanthropists Catherine Williams Ferguson and Isabella Marshall Graham’s Unlikely Interracial Collaboration
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
Welcome to Commonplace, a destination for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit less formal than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Commonplace speaks—and listens—to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. It is for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American life—from architecture to literature, from politics to parlor manners. It’s a place to find insightful analysis of early American history as it is discussed in scholarly literature, as it manifests on the evening news, as it is curated in museums, big and small; as it is performed in documentary and dramatic films and as it shows up in everyday life.
In addition to critical evaluations of books and websites (Reviews) and poetic research and fiction (Creative Writing), our articles explore material and visual culture (Objects); pedagogy, the writing of literary scholarship, and the historian’s craft (Teach); and diverse aspects of America’s past and its many peoples (Learn). For more great content, check out our other projects, (Just Teach One) and (Just Teach One African American Print).
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