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“They could not join in giving thanks”

Yesterday I shared the 1771 Thanksgiving proclamation issued by Gov. Thomas Hutchinson (shown here). It quickly became a source of controversy.Why? In his role as historian, Hutchinson presented his side of the story this way:It had been a long, uninterrupted...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Nov 2017

“A Day of Publick Thanksgiving” in 1771

By tradition, the royal governor of Massachusetts proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in the province every autumn, usually in late November or early December.(Governors sometimes also proclaimed Thanksgivings in response to military challenges or triumphs,...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Nov 2017

Erasmus on the Arts in Luther’s Reformation: A Tragedy

By Kirk Essary, The University of Western Australia The arts had affective import for Erasmus on multiple levels. The emotions themselves are described by the Dutch humanist in categories derived from the ars rhetorica, and according to the genres of...
From: Histories of Emotion on 10 Nov 2017

Forest Spirits and Dull Stories: Toleration as Governing Emotion in Seventeenth-Century Finland

By Raisa Maria Toivo, University of Tampere In 1675, a church visitation was held at Kesälahti, a parish located in the county of Kexholm at the eastern border of Finland, which had been annexed to Sweden from Russia in 1618 and had set the stage...
From: Histories of Emotion on 3 Nov 2017

Luther and England’s Long Reformation

Today is the 500th anniversary of an event that may never have happened, but which may as well have. Sometimes, what really matters in history is not what really happened, but what people have said about it. This is true in my own area of interest, the...
From: wartsandbrawls on 31 Oct 2017

New England's 1656 Witch Trial

History of Witches and Wizards, 1720Trials for witchcraft in New England did not begin in 1692.  In The Salem Witch Trials: a Reference Guide by K. David Goss, he recounts the trial of Anne Hibbins who was hanged in 1656. Anne Hibbins (1656) was...
From: 17th-century American Women on 30 Oct 2017

CFP: Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland Annual Conference

The Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland network is a lively community of scholars that includes academics, archivists, students and others interested in the history of women religious from medieval to modern times. The network hosts an...
From: RECIRC on 30 Oct 2017

“Religious Spaces” at the 2018 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife

Next year’s Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife will take place on 22-24 June 2018 at Historic Deerfield. The subject will be “Religious Spaces: Our Vanishing Landmarks.”Here’s the call for papers and similar material in that...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Oct 2017

Le Portugal de Voltaire: un royaume sans lumières

Honoré Daumier, jésuite cherchant à détériorer la statue de Voltaire. Lithographie parue dans Le Charivari du 22 septembre 1869. Voltaire a très tôt développé une piètre opinion...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 24 Oct 2017

Guest Post: George Washington’s Mausoleum: Congressional Debates Over the Work of Monuments

In light of recent debates over monuments, guest poster Jamie L. Brummitt explores the politics of monuments in the early republic.
From: The Junto on 16 Oct 2017

Genealogies of Revolutionary Iconoclasm, from Tupac Amaru to Central Park, Pt I

By Ananda Cohen-Aponte Rebellions, insurgencies, uprisings, and revolutions all involve the radical uprooting of the normative social order through violent conflict. They also bring the promise of new beginnings, cultivated through the spread of liberatory...
From: Age of Revolutions on 9 Oct 2017

Graduate Student Conference at the Newberry Library

The Center for Renaissance Studies will be holding its annual Graduate Student Conference at the Newberry Library in January 2018. Graduate students in medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies are encouraged to submit a proposal for this conference....

Providence College’s Seminar on the History of Early America

The Department of History & Classics at Providence College in Rhode Island is launching a Seminar on the History of Early America.Participants in these sessions “will discuss pre-circulated works in progress, including chapters of doctoral dissertations,...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Oct 2017

Philadelphia Programs in October

A couple of intriguing academic conferences are happening in Philadelphia this month. I’m sharing links to the programs for people who are in the area and those interested in current scholarship.The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Oct 2017

The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library hosted a major conference on The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali last week. I enjoyed participating in the conference and presenting a paper on “Conversion, Confessional...

"Something Like Summer": Movie review

In 2011, American author Jay Bell released the first novel in what subsequently became a self-published phenomenon, winning fans across the world. Something Like Summer, covering twelve years in the life of Texan high school student Benjamin Bentley,...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 22 Sep 2017

Les Nouveaux Mélanges : recette d’une bonne capilotade, façon Voltaire

CAPILOTADE. s. f. Sorte de ragoût fait de plusieurs morceaux de viandes déjà cuites. Bonne capilotade. Faire une capilotade des restes de perdrix, de poulets. On dit proverbialement et figurément, Mettre quelqu’un...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 19 Sep 2017

“Mr. Cleaveland’s moral, Christian and ministerial character”

Yesterday we left the Rev. John Cleaveland, Jr., at odds with his Stoneham neighbors in 1794. The trouble was his second marriage to young Elizabeth Evans, until recently his housekeeper and apparently not even a dedicated member of the church.As the...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Sep 2017

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.