An Uncertain Founding: Santa Fe
Imperial city of the Aztecs: Mexico-Tenochtitlan
Big Dig, Little Dig, Hidden Worlds: Boston
We Shall Be One People: Quebec
Constructing the House of Chouteau: Saint Louis
The High Place: Potosi
Where All the Trains Ran: Chicago
A View from the Parish Jail: New Orleans
Sex, Vigilantism, and San Francisco in 1856
The Prideful Mission and the Little Town: Los Angeles
Cities in Review
Treasure City: Havana
Introduction: A Worm’s Eye View
The Souls of African American Children: New Amsterdam
Mobtown U.S.A.: Baltimore
Mean Streets, Mannered Streets: Charleston
A View from Graveside: Salt Lake City
Walking Moraley’s Streets: Philadelphia
A Day in the Life: Lima
National Domesticity in the Early Republic: Washington, D.C.
Violence and Hope in a Space of Death: Paramaribo
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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