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Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Doing History

The “Doing History” podcast series are about early American history and how historians work. Each series utilizes the OI’s community of early Americanist scholars to discuss issues surrounding the production of scholarship. Each series is a collaboration with Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History.

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Episode 66: Simon Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics

How did average, poor, and enslaved men and women live their day-to-day lives in the early United States?

Today, we explore the answers to that question with Simon P. Newman, a Professor of History at the University of Glasgow and our guide for an investigation into how historians choose their research topics.

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