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!
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →