The whole gang here at Historiann HQ wish you and yours a quiet, ad-free holiday of your choice this spring. I’ve had such an overwhelmingly positive reaction about my decision not to provide content for free at sites that are run by advertising dollars that I thought today I’d also direct your attention to other ad-free and content-rich history blogs. Most of these are group blogs, except for The Way of Improvement Leads Home, which is run by the indefatigable John Fea of Messiah College:
- Tropics of Meta: historiography for the masses! Mostly modern U.S. history, California history, media studies, race, and gender.
- Nursing Clio: a group blog on gender, sexuality, and the history of medicine
- U.S. Intellectual History: big-tent intellectual history as it’s written and taught by junior and emerging scholars.
- African American Intellectual History: same as above, with a focus on black intellectuals from the eighteenth century to the present.
- Religion in American History: a group blog on the obvious, with contributors who cover the richness of American religious history from the colonial era to the present.
- The Junto: a group blog on early American history by historians based in North America and Britain.
- Borealia: a group blog on early Canadian history (First Nations/New France to Confederation, 1867)
- The Way of Improvement Leads Home: John Fea’s blog on early American history, American religious history, and early U.S. intellectual history. Fea is apparently a man unafflicted by hunger, thirst, or the need to sleep, as he’s just published yet another book, and he has a podcast now, too! (I am not worthy, but then, neither of most of you so we’re in good company.)
- Notches: A group blog on the history of sexuality, mostly European and North American.
Most of us who contribute to blogs like these have day jobs, or are madly finishing dissertations, or sometimes both. It’s honest labor, and we do it because we love history and refuse to believe that it’s irrelevant for understanding the world as we have inherited it. Peace, my sisters and brothers!
In case this wasn’t enough for you, here’s the recipe for bunnies in blood that we’ll be having for dessert this evening, courtesy of my generous mother-in-law who is a brilliant chef and pastry chef too.
For the bunnies: Sprinkle 1 envelope of gelatin in 1/4 C of warm water to soften; sit cup in hot water bath to fully dissolve. Meanwhile, heat the heavy cream, sour cream, and sugar in a double boiler until hot and thoroughly melded together. Whip the cream cheese. Mix creams into the cream cheese and stir in vanilla. (I also add a pinch of salt.) Pour into rabbit-shaped moulds; makes about 4 cups.
There will be blood: Heat 10 oz. frozen raspberries (thawed) with 2/3 C sugar in a small saucepan, stirring constantly; bring to a simmer and boil for 3 minutes. Sieve seeds out of sauce & refrigerate.
To serve: Warm moulds briefly in 1-2 inches of hot water to release the bunnies. Spatter some “blood” on a small plate and put a bunny on top. Voila!