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  1. Jonathan

    Runaway Slaves in Britain--New Digital Resource!

    By Jonathan ·
    Hello Everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted a blog entry. Teaching five classes last semester did not leave me with much time to explore new resources. I just learned about a new resource today that I think will be useful to a wide variety of historians. British universities have been working very hard to tell the story of race and slavery in the UK, and we have a new resource to go along with some of those already featured on this site such as the Legacies of British Slave Ownership Database.  This latest resource is the Runaway Slaves in Britain database. This project explores a variety of English and Scottish newspapers and then cataloged and digitized escaped slave advertisements. Runaway Slaves goes a long way towards telling the story of slavery in Britain from 1700-1780 (before the major era of abolition). This will be a very important resource for all those interested in slavery and the British Atlantic World in the 18th century. 


  2. Jonathan

    NEH for All

    By Jonathan ·
    The National Endowment for the Humanities has just launched a brand new website called "NEH For All." This is a detailed collection of all projects using NEH grants across the country demonstrating just how valuable this organization is for the humanities in the United States. It is well worth some time exploring the fascinating programs benefitting from these grants.  The site allows you to search by state or by type of program. Go visit their site today to see how the NEH supports cultural programs in your state! 


  3. Jonathan

    Teaching Students How to be Historians using the Slave Voyages Database

    By Jonathan ·
    Hello, Everyone,  The semester is in full swing, and I am sure that like me you are extremely busy. I thought I would take a minute to talk about a recent assignment I assigned my students utilizing a digital humanities project. This is also a request for others to share their experiences using digital humanities to get students engaged in our fields.  Briefly, I recently asked my students to use the Slave Voyages website. I assigned them a particular ship, which in this case was one that left from Boston, Massachusetts. They were then asked to compare and contrast this ship to others from roughly the same period answering the question "Was the voyage of the Neptune indicative of the slave trade as a whole?" This was intentionally open-ended to allow them to pursue their investigation in any way they saw fit.  The results were pretty mixed. Many students felt that the assignment needed more structure, or they found the database confusing. Oftentimes, they became frustrated by the lack of information available. After some reflection, I think that this assignment is useful but requires a lot more preparatory work before setting students loose in the database.  So, I am curious. Have any of you ever had an assignment that you thought would be really great, and it ended up not working out quite as well as you expected? I am curious to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 


  4. Jonathan

    New Resources for Medieval Studies

    By Jonathan ·
    Hello, Everyone! A friend of mine posted an article on Facebook the other day about obscure Medieval texts which have been translated and posted online as part of Stanford's Global Medieval Sourcebook. As I am teaching a section of History of Civilization to 1500 this semester it immediately caught my attention. What is really exciting about this project is its attempt to offer a global perspective. This first release has material from China to France. The images alone are fantastic! It is also a collaborative project that seeks to have scholars help supply context to the documents. If you are interested, check out the project here. Let me know what you think about this new resource in the comments below. We will be adding a full review of this new resource in the near future! 


  • Massive collection of British & US children literature through the University of Florida (Gainesville)

    Fields Class, Empire and Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Religion, Science
    Geographic Focus United States, Great Britain and Ireland
    Chronology 1900s
  • For those interested in social movements, especially Leftism, Unionism, Labor, and LGBT, the Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, is a great resource. They have also recently digitized 2,200+ posters out of copyright.

    Fields Class, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Political
    Geographic Focus United States, Europe, Africa
    Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
  • French Revolution & Napoleonic pamphlets & periodicals

    Fields Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Legal, Military, Political
    Geographic Focus France
    Chronology 1700s, 1800s
  • French Revolution artwork collection

    Fields Political
    Geographic Focus France
    Chronology 1700s

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