I’m pretty underwhelmed by Georgetown University’s offer to give “preference in admissions” to the descendants of the enslaved people whose sale (and breakup of their families) financed the university in its earliest days. For those of you who missed the story this week: In 1838, two priests who served as president of the university orchestrated the … Continue reading Georgetown University and the legacy of slavery
Click here now–it might not last, but the Amazon.com page for The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright is the NUMBER ONE new release today for Canadian historical biographies! W00T!!! Only 43 days to go until the book itself is finally released from captivity. . .
Modern and mostly secular folks probably wouldn’t think that religious people might teach us something about politics and leadership. But there are important lessons about leadership found in my study of a seventeenth- and eighteenth-century religious order over the course of 150 years or so. After all, Catholic women religious have been electing their leadership … Continue reading Three lessons on women’s leadership from inside an Ursuline convent
I’ve fallen behind! Remember a few weeks back when I directed your attention to Nursing Clio’s important new series on women who have run for president of the United States, Run Like a Girl? There are two more entries I haven’t posted about! If you recall, the first in the series featured (naturally!) the first … Continue reading Women and leadership: more fresh entries in “Run Like a Girl” series at Nursing Clio
Look what I found on my doorstep tonight!
I’ve been meaning to write for weeks about Donald Trump’s nickname for Elizabeth Warren. As a historian who has written a few books that include some Algonquian (Eastern woodlands Indian) history, and a lot of women’s history, it’s been on my mind. But first, a little background: last month, Trump started calling her Pocahontas, intending … Continue reading “Pocahontas”: an insult, or an inspiring diplomat and politician?
Since I’ve got another book in the bag, this summer is all about readin’ and reflectin’. I’ve never had a summer in which I was not engaged in writing a monograph for more than twenty years: first it was a dissertation, then it was Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England (which was not a revision … Continue reading “And I did other bad, naughty things”: Source for the history of early modern childhood & youth
UPDATED 12:30 p.m. MDT, with details from my syllabus below the original post. I’m now going to do something I hardly ever do: I’m going to tell you about something my students have done. I can’t restrain myself! I’m so proud of my women’s history students this semester. Six of them have written biographies of previously … Continue reading Wikipedia in the classroom: check out these new bios of early American women!
UPDATED ALREADY! See what happened below. I was contacted by an editor at The Huffington Post this week about re-publishing the blog post I published after last week’s primary elections, “A revolution happened last night and no one noticed,” in which I commented on the ignoring or merely grudging acknowledgement of Hillary Clinton’s pathbreaking, historic … Continue reading The high price of moral principles: why you will not see me at The Huffington Post
Via Patrick McCray on Twitter yesterday, I learned that Robert Neer, a part-time lecturer in military history, laments the state of military history among professional historians: I am not a disinterested observer. Since 2011, when I received my PhD in history from Columbia University, I have taught a course called‘Empire of Liberty: A Global History of … Continue reading Here we go again: military historian complains that no one teaches or writes about military history any more, part eleventybillion