Here is the press release:
In the brand-new issue of Common-place, you’ll find a bounty of fresh and challenging ideas from both leading and rising historians. Carla Pestana’s revelations about maroon communities in colonial Jamaica offers a cautionary tale on the influence of “categorical thinking” on historians. In a rare rediscovery, Eric Gardner provides an analysis and full textual reproduction of the fiery and eloquent reconstruction lecture delivered in 1867 Philadelphia by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Exhibit design maven Richard Rabinowitz offers a ranging and challenging analysis of changing public expectations about history, and their implications for the training of future historians.
In Object Lessons, Paul Erickson probes Isaiah Thomas’s Paper Mill Account Book and inventory records to uncover an industrialist’s understanding of the materiality of texts. Matt White’s account of his important discovery in Charles Wilson Peale’s revolutionary war journal reminds us that no matter how accessible texts are in the digital world, there’s just no substitute for visiting the archive and viewing the original.
Also in this edition of Common-place, Mary Kuhn tells the story of the extraordinary international popularity of an early 19th century novel about a man who falls deeply and passionately in love . . . with a flowering plant. And Poet Terrance Hayes gives us the powerful and haunting poem “Taffeta,” which begins with the narrator talking to a t-shirt image of Frederick Douglass.
Turning to digital history, Liz Covart discusses the extraordinary public history potential of podcasting, using her successes creating the podcasts “Ben Franklin’s World” and “Doing History”. Will Fenton explores the potential and the potential confusion inherent in large-scale digital resource databases, offering the carefully-crafted introductory path to his website Digital Paxton as one guide to clarity.
You’ll also find reviews of new books on Cadwallader Colden, the African American festival Pinkster, the symbiotic relationship between American evangelicalism and New York City, and the roles played by regulated and deregulated meat markets in feeding the antebellum inhabitants of Gotham.
Finally, as the editorial term of co-editors Anna Mae Duane and Walter Woodward draws toward a close, there’s an important announcement from the American Antiquarian Society about the future, and possibly changing nature of Common-place itself.
It’s not just food for thought, but a banquet of thought-provoking ideas, all for you in the new edition of Common-place.
Common-place is co-edited by Anna Mae Duane and Walter W. Woodward at the University of Connecticut, and published by a partnership of the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut. It’s all ready for your computer, tablet, or mobile device right now at www.common-place.org.