"Colonial Anarchy, Indigenous Power" - a lecture by Matthew Kruer

Join us for the 2023-2024 William and Mary Quarterly Lecture by Matthew Kruer (University of Chicago) at 5:00 pm ET on February 6, 2024 in William & Mary’s Blow Hall, room 334. The lecture is titled “Colonial Anarchy, Indigenous Power: ‘Bacon’s Rebellion’ and the Susquehannock Nation.” Reservations are not necessary and seating will be first-come, first-served. Kruer will reexamine… Read More

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History in the Time of Coronavirus

by Karin Wulf Around the world we are experiencing an extraordinary simultaneous crisis. COVID-19, the coronavirus that has caused a pandemic, is affecting people very differently across geography and individual circumstances but we are all in its grip. Here at the OI we are now working fully remotely, our home campus at William & Mary is closed and classes have moved… Read More

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Must Early America Be Vast?

by Karin Wulf Spoiler:  I think yes. But it’s complicated.  You may have seen this meme about historians, with “it’s complicated” mocked as the weak battle cry of our profession.  I would argue that there is ample demonstration, from contemporary politics to technology, that an appreciation of complexity is newly resurgent.  And so it is with vigor, rather than… Read More

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Vast Early America: Three Simple Words for a Complex Reality

This article was originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of Humanities magazine, a publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of the images used in the article are under copyright and appear only on the NEH’s site. by Karin Wulf American history courses usually begin with the peopling of the Americas, then move on to European colonization and the… Read More

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