SOURCE: New York Times
Can Colonial Williamsburg Do Living History Better?
Historian Karin Wulf argues that the leadership of Colonial Williamsburg has steered an effective course through the conflicting imperatives of nostalgia, heroic storytelling, and the harsh inequalities of the colonial era.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
Ned Blackhawk Unmakes the American Origin Story
In "The Rediscovery of America" the historian presses for encounter, rather than discovery, to be the dominant theme of early American history. He explains here what can be gained by adopting this lens.
The Curious History of Ulysses Grant's Great Grandfather
by John Reeves
The military experiences of Noah Grant in the French and Indian War typified changes in military strategy in the Americas and cemented a family commitment to the military that drove his great grandson Ulysses.
The Selective Appropriation of Christopher Gadsden's Famous Flag
by Jordan Baker
The Gadsden Flag originally symbolized the unity of the American colonies against oppression by the Crown and Parliament. It's an irony of history that the symbol has been adopted by some who reject centralized authority.
Isaac Sears and the Roots of America in New York
by Sam Roberts
The career of merchant and patriot Isaac Sears highlights the underappreciated role of New York City in the movement for American independence.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
When the News of a Royal Death Arrived Slowly, it Changed American History
by Helena Yoo Roth
The void of power in the American colonies created by rumor of the death of King George II was critical to loosening the monarchy's claims to rule in North America.
How America Keeps Adapting the Story of the Pilgrims at Plymouth to Match the Story We Need to Tell
by Peter C. Mancall
The prevailing memory of Plymouth has shifted as Americans have used it as an allegory for their contemporary concerns. Most notably, the harsh religious orthodoxy of Plymouth was converted by the 19th century to stand for religious liberty, a concept the Pilgrims would have found odious.
UCLA Historian Carla Pestana Debunks Myths About the Pilgrims and the Plymouth Colony
by James Thornton Harris
Alert Tom Cotton: Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower Compact, and the origins of Thanksgiving are just a few of the things Professor Carla Pestana finds in need of historical revision.
Anti-racist Lens Distorts History on New Jersey “Freeholders”
by Tony Fels
Beginning in 2021, New Jersey county officials will no longer be known as "freeholders." Although the author concedes the term is archaic, and "county commissioner" is a more informative descriptor, the term "freeholder" is not a relic of past racism.
SOURCE: Native America: A History
I'm So Bored with the Lost Colonists
by Michael Leroy Oberg
Speculative energy focused on the fate of the "Lost Colonists" of Roanoke Island might be better spent investigating how Native people responded to their arrival.
SOURCE: New York Times
Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ Was Never Lost, New Book Says
Historians Malinda Maynor Lowery and Lauren McMillan discuss the evidence behind a new book's claim that the "lost" inhabitants of the Roanoke colony were absorbed by the Croatoan indigenous people of the area.
SOURCE: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
‘The Mystery Is Over’: Researchers Say They Know What Happened To ‘Lost Colony’
“You’re robbing an entire nation of people of their history by pretending Croatoan is a mystery on a tree,” said Scott Dawson.
SOURCE: Washington Examiner
'Not the Way to do History': Princeton University Historian Blasts 1619 Project as 'Historical Sloppiness' Unworthy of Pulitzer
Allen Guelzo has been a major critic of the New York Times's "1619 Project" and objects to the projects central essay winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
The Hidden History of Liberty Island
Before the statue and long before the brand-new museum, there were pirates, real-estate ventures and public executions
SOURCE: NY Times
A Colonial-Era Cemetery Resurfaces in Philadelphia
Remains buried in the First Baptist cemetery were believed to have been moved in 1860. But many coffins and bones were still there.
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