A talk with Steve Sarson

“The ‘Course of human events’: History in the US Declaration of Independence.” Join us on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 5:00 pm in room 201 of Blow Memorial Hall on the campus of William & Mary for a talk by Steven Sarson, scholar and most recently author of Barack Obama: American Historian. Throughout the history of the United States, reformers have deployed the Declaration’s statements… Read More

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Vast Early America Lecture with Eliga Gould

Join us on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. in Blow Hall, room 201, on the campus of William & Mary as we welcome OI author Eliga Gould (University of New Hampshire). Blow Memorial Hall is located at 262 Richmond Road. An Empire of Love:  Rethinking the American Confederation, 1776-1789 With the Declaration of Independence, Americans began creating a new federal union… Read More

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The Many Meanings of the Fourth of July

Declaration of Independence, Dunlap Broadside (1776) Over the past few years, we’ve steadily grown our collection of readings related to U.S. Independence Day as well as Ben Franklin’s World episodes detailing the early American history of the Fourth of July. It’s time we put it all in one place.  Frederick Douglass famously questioned Americans in 1852, “What to… Read More

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Dreams of a Revolution Deferred

Frontispiece. Walker’s Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life by Henry Highland Garnet and also Garnet’s Address to the Slaves of the United States of America. (New York: J.H. Tobitt, 1848). Library of Congress. By Derrick R. Spires For Black citizens of the early United States, the Fourth of… Read More

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