On the Road

Topsy turvy. That definitely is the prevailing theme for my summer. Every time I get a plan in place, something happens to send me scurrying for a new plan - that might send me 500 miles in the other direction. This is the summer before my fourth year of Ph.D study, which means I will... Continue Reading →

Big News!

I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded a fellowship at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington next year. I am very excited and can't wait to get started!

Ex Libre: The Toki Onqoy Revival and ISIS

While reading and preparing for discussion sections this week, I was struck by this explanation of "revolutionary millenarianism" in Steve J. Stern's Peru's Indian Peoples and the Challenge of Spanish Conquest: Huamanga to 1640 (2nd edition 1993): The ideological core of "revolutionary millenarianism" -- then and now, in the Andes and elsewhere -- has been... Continue Reading →

Benchmark Achieved!

I know, I've been gone a long time. But I am pleased to announce that I passed my comprehensive exams and am now officially a Ph.D student at the University of Virginia! I am now moving on to presenting my dissertation prospectus, locating archives and grants, outlining dissertation chapters, and all the other aspects of... Continue Reading →

From the Stacks: Vampires?

Well, of course there are vampires in the stacks - they're called grad students! But this time it is a book titled Vampires of New York (1831) by Clement Robbins. That would make any bored researcher sit up! Turns out it is a volume describing popular gambling card games and the gambling halls in New... Continue Reading →

From the Stacks: God Bless Bibliographers

When I started grad school, I had no idea what bibliography was, and let's be honest, I still don't. But it is because of bibliographers that such wonderful lists like this one exist to save poor, bewildered historians like me. For the last year or two, I have sometimes used the online database called American... Continue Reading →

Ex Libre 1

It is a widely known problem that a biographer's great love for his/her subject can produce vituperation for any other similar individual. Today I came across one of the most blunt denunciations I've ever read in a biography. Harlow Giles Unger's The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness closes, "One... Continue Reading →

From the Stacks: 19th C. Prophet

Sometimes you find something really different and really weird in the stacks. Today I found this... the work of an immigrant, Illyrian Catholic priest explaining how many, many events - like the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are signs of the forthcoming Millenium. It's available on HathiTrust.

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