In his book Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of our National Identity (Pantheon, 2022), Donald Yacovone shows clear and damning evidence of white supremacy’s deep-seated roots in our nation’s educational system through a fascinating, in-depth examination of America’s wide assortment of texts, from primary readers to college textbooks, from popular histories to the most influential academic scholarship. [Read more…] about Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Ordeal and National Identity
Black History Historiographic Genealogies: Sources & Resources
With the arrival of Black History Month, the 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” will certainly emphasize the standard bearers of freedom seekers. Most noticeable will be the attention devoted to Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. There will also be discussions about the 1619 Project and the Critical Race Theory. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ attack on the teaching of the AP course in African American History will surely be debated.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, were two personalities that Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson honored in 1926 with his launching of Negro History Week. He selected the second week of February as the time of the annual celebration since it coincides with the birthdays of Douglass and Lincoln. [Read more…] about Black History Historiographic Genealogies: Sources & Resources
Russell Shorto: The Dutch-American Perspective
The work that historians do influences their lives, especially if they spend a considerable time in a foreign land that they write about. Slowly, their topic of choice becomes an essential part of their identity. Russell Shorto, a renowned writer of narrative history, writes about his own evolution at the intersection of Dutch-American history.
This essay concerns itself with the intersection of Dutch and American history. Previous posts have explored slavery in New Amsterdam, the naming – and renaming – of that city, and John Adams’ role as unofficial ambassador to the Netherlands during the American war of independence. As I pondered the task of contributing to that lineup, and scrolled through a mental list of possible topics, it occurred to me that, as I have lived at the intersection of Dutch and American history for more than twenty years, my own identity, and its evolution over that time, might be a relevant topic. [Read more…] about Russell Shorto: The Dutch-American Perspective
Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s Journal Call for Papers
Fort Ticonderoga has announced an open call for submissions for The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. Published since 1927, the Bulletin has been a resource for historians, scholars, and the public for over 90 years, publishing a wide range of articles on North American military history. After a 15-year hiatus, The Bulletin returned to print in 2016 as an illustrated, annual publication. [Read more…] about Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s Journal Call for Papers
Seminar on the American Revolution Call for Papers
Fort Ticonderoga is seeking proposals for the Nineteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 22nd through 24th, 2023. [Read more…] about Seminar on the American Revolution Call for Papers
NYS History and Education Conference Call for Proposals
The 2022 New York State History and Education Conference, set for October 28th through 30th at SUNY Oneonta, has announced a call for proposals. This years theme is “History Fights Back.” [Read more…] about NYS History and Education Conference Call for Proposals
Call for Papers: 2023 War College of the Seven Years’ War
Fort Ticonderoga is seeking proposals for papers broadly addressing the period of the Seven Years’ War for its Twenty-Seventh Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War to be held May 19th through 21st.
The Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) was a global conflict, largely between Great Britain and France, although involving other European powers as well. The conflict in North America began in 1754 at the beginning of what became known in the United States as the French and Indian War (1754–1763), which ended in France’s defeat as a land power. [Read more…] about Call for Papers: 2023 War College of the Seven Years’ War
New Publication Focuses on American Folk Art and Americana
Americana Insights, a new nonprofit e-journal and multi-faceted resource center, has been launched by Jane Katcher, Americana and American folk art collector, in collaboration with David A. Schorsch, an authority on American antiques and folk art.
The digital publication is supported by an advisory board of museum and art-world professionals and edited by independent scholar, author, and curator Robert Shaw. [Read more…] about New Publication Focuses on American Folk Art and Americana
2020-21 NYS Archives Research Residents Announced
The New York State Archives have announced the 2020-21 Hackman Research Residency Awards.
The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program supports advanced work on New York State history, government, or public policy using historical records in the State Archives by academics, graduate students, public historians, and teachers. [Read more…] about 2020-21 NYS Archives Research Residents Announced
Scholarships Available for NY Museums Conference
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced professional development scholarships for museum professionals to attend “The Power of Partnership” 2020 Annual Conference in Albany, March 29 -31, 2020.
MANY will offer three categories of professional scholarships: Capital Region Museum Employees, Emerging Museum Professionals, and the Cassetti Annual Conference Scholarship. [Read more…] about Scholarships Available for NY Museums Conference