The “Rural Enlightenment” Lands a Spot in the Junto March Madness Tournament

jmm16My 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.

2 thoughts on “The “Rural Enlightenment” Lands a Spot in the Junto March Madness Tournament

  1. No, it’s a conspiracy. They are trying to get my attention with a number one seed so I will comment on my blog and social media outlets and drive traffic to the Junto. Then they will unceremoniously forget about me once Butler crushes me in the voting. WE CAN’T LET THIS HAPPEN! WAY OF IMPROVEMENT LEADS HOME READERS UNITE! 🙂

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