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Ben Franklin’s World
Graduate Training: Where Digital Scholarship and Early American Studies Meet
Exeter’s Declaration of Independence: A Festival, a Broadside, and a Lesson in Public History
Gems in the Pasture
Rejuvenating the Revolution? Roundtable on Turn: Washington’s Spies
Document by Document
Curating the Past That’s Alive in Our Minds
Hijinks on the Hudson?
Witnessing Historical Thinking: Teaching Students to Construct Historical Narratives
“Screw the past!”
Roundtable on Turn: Washington’s Spies – Commentary by Jeremy Stoddard: History and Turn
Race in the Park
Roundtable on TURN: Washington’s Spies – Introduction: Truth Versus Accuracy
Performing Early American Fiddle Tunes
Why I Can’t Visit the National Museum of the American Indian
Hesperus and Colonial American music
Vive la Différence?
First Person: The 38th Voyage
Bones of Contention
The Newberry Consort
The Civil War at 150: Memory and Meaning – Special Issue of Commonplace
Can This Museum Be Saved?
Tunebook: David and Ginger Hildebrand
Telling Stories Out of School: Primary sources and the Internet
The Sandbox of Iwo Jima
Still Pequot After All These Years
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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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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