Seminole Wars Heritage Trail

I'm working on a project based on the Florida Seminole Wars Heritage Trail. Because the Trail is primarily spatial, I started by creating a Google Earth layer listing all of the points by region. I just learned that WordPress.com disallows kmz uploads, so I imported the map into Google Maps instead. Here's a link to… Continue reading Seminole Wars Heritage Trail

Information at “Indian Key,” 1840

If you ever find yourself bored with the internet, tired of movies and music and magazines and books and so on, take a moment and think about the world of information available to Henry Perrine's teenage children on a tiny, 12-acre island in the Florida Keys in 1840. We had an abundance of books and… Continue reading Information at “Indian Key,” 1840

Continuity in Settler Colonialism at Marco Island

Even though millions of tourists and residents have traipsed across this peninsula year after year for well over a century, Florida still seems like a new place. Digging just a little beneath the surface, however, reveals a history as deep as the Roman past undergirding the streets of London, or the history of the Pharaohs… Continue reading Continuity in Settler Colonialism at Marco Island

Jill Lepore and Publishing “Big” History

Many of the historians on Twitter have been dunking on Jill Lepore's interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education since it was published. I posted a thread on Twitter about this earlier and decided to post it here, too. Twitter is so ephemeral, and this is something I'd like to think more about. Working outside… Continue reading Jill Lepore and Publishing “Big” History

Women’s Rage

The Cut is featuring an excerpt from Rebecca Traister's forthcoming book, Good and Mad: the Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger this afternoon and it is a doozy. If you're interested in American history, in politics, or pretty much anything, you should definitely go read it. As a historian, I'm intrigued by the argument Traister lays out: Look to the… Continue reading Women’s Rage

Upcoming Books in Native American History

March 2018 Bockstoce, John R. White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic: The Fur Trade, Transportation, and Change in the Early Twentieth Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. Link Calloway, Colin. The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation. New York: Oxford… Continue reading Upcoming Books in Native American History

An Open Letter to the Author of Bitter Marginalia in Reminiscences of the Second Seminole War by John Bemrose.

Dear Austin,  Is it OK if I call you Austin? That’s what I imagine, and you haven’t given me much else to work with, so there we are. Me and you, Austin. Austin, what happened? Until now, you were enjoying this book. Back there when we were reading about “friendly and simple-minded” Minorcans, you kept… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Author of Bitter Marginalia in Reminiscences of the Second Seminole War by John Bemrose.

Native Hatred and American Populism: The Jacksonian Beat

As Americans struggle to understand or resist the travel ban, hate crimes, aggressive immigration agents, and government-maintained lists of immigrant crimes—to list but a few of the earthquakes rollicking the American social landscape so far in 2017—it can seem as though we are living through events without precedent in American history. A quick stroll through… Continue reading Native Hatred and American Populism: The Jacksonian Beat

Being There: Intimacy and Distance in History

Let's start a blog post about history with a bunch of questions about the present. I've had a couple of conversations with a respected local historian recently--we'll leave names out of it--about a recent book addressing a historical site in Florida. The local historian is unimpressed. The author's "never been there!" he told me this… Continue reading Being There: Intimacy and Distance in History