My 2003 Journal of American History article “The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian’s Rural Enlightenment” landed a spot in the 2016 Junto blog’s March Madness tournament focuses on journal articles.
We landed in the “History of Ideas” bracket as the #1 seed! We are thrilled with our seed, even though I really don’t understand how it happened since James Kloppenberg, Gordon Wood, Daniel Walker Howe, Trish Loughran, Natalie Caron, and Naomi Wulf are also in this bracket.
Actually, I think the committee at the Junto is playing a cruel trick on me. Our first round opponent is Jon Butler’s “Enthusiasm Described and Decried: The Great Awakening as Interpretive Fiction.” Butler’s 1982 Journal of American History article has to be one of the most cited articles in recent history. How can I compete? I feel like Lincoln Chaffee or Jim Gilmore.
And why is Butler’s article an 8th seed? Also, how can I rally my readers to support my “rural Enlightenment” article as a dark horse candidate when we are a #1 seed?
OK, enough griping. We have our task before us. It is time to pull off one of the greatest upsets in the history of Junto March Madness. Stay tuned.