The Washington Library’s Digital Book Talk series features LIVE conversations with leading historians and scholars of early America. Please join us for fascinating discussions about the past and for your opportunity to ask our guests questions about their work.

Exhibitions from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
The Institute’s temporary exhibitions explore themes relating to the cause for American independence, the people and events of the war and the Society of the Cincinnati through authentic works of art, artifacts and documents.

Lectures from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Over 30 of the Institute’s recorded lectures including recent installments of the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, recognizing the work of leading historians of the American Revolution; and the Society of the Cincinnati Prize, awarded to the author of a distinguished work of history of the era of the American Revolution.

Slave Revolt in Jamaica
Project by Vincent Brown at Harvard on the revolt in Jamaica by enslaved people in 1760-1761.

Vincent Brown on Tacky’s Revolt
Harvard University historian Vincent Brown discusses his new book, Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War at a February 2020 presentation for the Museum of the American Revolution’s Read the Revolution Speaker Series.

Claudio Saunt
Claudio Saunt’s multiple projects with the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia, including Invasion of America.

Slate Magazine’s Loss of Indian Lands Interactive Map
Claudio Saunt and Rebecca Onion’s interactive time-lapse map on the theft of Indian lands.

Aeon Magazine’s How Were 1.5 Billion Acres of Land So Rapidly Stolen
A central piece in the story of how the United States came to be is the seizure of native lands. Another of Saunt’s visualization projects, captured in this essay for @aeon, shows clearly how and when this happened.

Digital Paxton
Digital Paxton looks at the 1763 massacre of 20 Susquehannocks & the subsequent march of the “Paxton Boys” into Philly.

The New Map of Empire
A number of projects by Max Edelson and the team at MapScholar have tracked the effects of the Seven Years War, colonial claims to Florida, and more.

Mapping the Republic of Letters
The Mapping the Republic of Letters project at Stanford University hosts a series of projects including mapping the correspondence networks of Benjamin Franklin. 

All One People and Under One King
How diverse was #VastEarlyAmerica? Maeve Kane’s analysis of early 18th century New York networks among Mohawk, Mahican, Dutch, English and Africans shows the history of individuals & family connections.

Pox Americana
The smallpox epidemic of 1775-1782, analyzed in Elizabeth Fenn’s book Pox Americana is mapped here by Fenn and Claudio Saunt.

Early California Cultural Atlas
How much do we know about #VastEarlyAmerica on the Pacific coast?  The Early California Cultural Atlas directed by Steve Hackel maps the migration of California native people, and settlers and soldiers from northern Mexico, before 1850.

Virginia History at Home
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture has put together a set of recorded lectures, virtual exhibits, and more for all to peruse on their website while they are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joanne Freeman lectures about the American revolution  
A full open course with syllabus!

Virtual Tour of the Museum of the American Revolution
Includes 360 degree tours of the exhibits.

Virtual Tours of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson
Includes guided and unguided tours as well as virtual field trips.

The Mount Vernon Virtual Tour
Includes interactive exhibits to the house and grounds.

Joshua Rothman on abolition and pro-slavery movements
A 50-minute lecture by Professor Rothman (University of Alabama) recorded in November 2018 and delivered via C-SPAN.

Open Yale Courses
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

TED ED Talks