Listen up! Historiann on Radio Boston today, 3:40 EDT

Historiann and The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale University Press, 2016)

Historiann and The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale University Press, 2016)

Bostonians–and anyone else with an internet connection–listen up: I’ll be on WBUR’s Radio Boston today at 3:40 p.m. Eastern time to talk about my latest book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  I’m thrilled!  (And I’ll post a link to the interview here once it’s up on the web.)

Now, I have to drive to Boulder to get wired up at the studio there.  As they say, I’ve got a face for radio!

The Human Stain pollutes us all

Who ever would have predicted that it was a bad idea to nominate a Human Stain for president?  Who indeed. As many in my Twitter timeline have pointed out: only every woman you know.

Many people are noting that the Human Stain has made insults and outrageously offensive comments about people who are ethnically and religiously different from him and his base.  Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted last night, “My record of sexually harassing women is a distraction from the real issue, which is my record of racism and xenopobia.”  It’s funny because it’s true!  But here’s why I think the offensive remarks caught on tape are a little different: Continue reading

Teaser Tuesday: What was childhood like in an Anglo-American garrison?

Yale University Press. 2016

Yale University Press. 2016

It’s back–Teaser Tuesday, in which I offer you a little flava of what you might find in my book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  Today I give you a little hint from chapter one, in which I write about Esther’s life from birth up to age seven, when she’s taken captive in a Wabanaki raid on her hometown of Wells, Maine.

One of the most exciting developments in history lately is the emergence of age as a category of analysis.  I had a lot of fun thinking about the ways in which age might have shaped Esther’s experience of the different worlds in which she lived–in an Anglo-American frontier town, in Wabanaki mission towns, and then in Québec as a student in the Ursuline convent school, where she then remained as a nun for the rest of her life.

Lots more, and even a very creepy doll, after the jump!

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Samantha Bee on Monday’s debate: “Save us from fascism but, like, don’t be a bitch about it.”


On her show Wednesday night, Samantha Bee summed up the expectations of Clinton: “Be perfect but not too perfect. Save us from fascism but, like, don’t be a bitch about it.” In comparison, Bee said, “No one was suggesting superficial changes for Trump — like try wearing a suit that actually fits or embrace your baldness proudly or don’t snort your way through the debate like Jean-Pierre’s prized truffle pig.”

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“Look, Hillary Clinton is never going to smile naturally enough for you,” Bee said. “She’s never going to be a thrilling speaker. Her oratory is always going to remind you a little of your least favorite history teacher’s lecture about the cotton gin. She’s never going to make you love her. In fact, she’d probably be offended if you tried; she has grandchildren for that.”

Bee added, “But we don’t need her to be warm and vulnerable. It turns out what America really needs Hillary Clinton to be, she is — namely, one of the only people in the whole god damn country who’s not afraid of a bully.”

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Big, big news: we are searching for an Assistant Professor of Public History w/specialization in Museums

Your future home?

Your future home?

Yes, it’s true, and I’m the search chair!  If you’re a public historian with experience and training in museums, please apply for this position. If you know anyone whose training and experience is in museums, please share this job ad with them.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016.

From the long position description:

The Department of History at Colorado State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Public History, with a specialization in Museums.  The research field is open. The department is especially interested in receiving applications from candidates who can teach broadly within Public History and whose research extends beyond the United States.  This is an entry-level position beginning August 16, 2017.  The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of assistant professor.

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