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What’s Coming in September for the Americanist Independent…

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 7.12.33 PMYou all know by now that the August Issue – aka the Civil War issue – has hit the web to great fanfare. Well, the September issue is set to go and is looking just incredible. Here’s a little teaser. What can the cancelled checks of Henry Clay Folger, the president of Standard Oil and avid collector of Shakespeare, tell us about the man and his times? Well…you can find out next month. How about the Atomic Energy Commission and nuclear testing in the 1950s? There might be more to the story than you think. But again, you’ll have to wait until next month. And you know what else? The issue will feature some great material on World War II, including a very powerful collection of letters written by a Navy aviator who fought at the Battle of Midway and a piece on WWII reenacting discussing issues such as ideological motivations and educational benefits.  But like I said…next month.

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The Americanist Independent – August Issue!

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 7.22.59 PMIt has hit the web! This month, there is something of an “in the aftermath of Civil War” theme going on – I will work in the thematic approach from time to time when things seem to align just so. This is one such issue. So if you are interested (even a little) in America’s greatest conflict – this issue is for you.

Our feature articles:

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Independent historian Heath Hardage Lee discusses her work on Winnie Davis, youngest child of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and famed “Daughter of the Confederacy.” She discusses her significance on terms of the Lost Cause interpretation of the Civil War as well as her role in the process of reconciliation.  There are some multi-media components here too including both radio and video interviews embedded into the journal.






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North Carolina State archivist Aaron Cusick walks us through the Confederate pension process and describes how these pension records are digitized and made available to the public. It’s pretty fascinating stuff – and it underscores how useful the records are to historians and genealogists alike.






There are two new features in this month’s issue. First, the Conference Review section. For August, participants Evan Clapsaddle, Al Mackey, Ray Ortensie, and Marilyn Jess review their experiences at the Civil War Institute Conference at Gettysburg College. Hint: all four liked it. Second, I’ve including something I call “Harristorian Archives,” where I take a look at the significance of a historical document or old book in my private library. This month I look at the images included in: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg: Report of the Pennsylvania Commission (Harrisburg: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, c1913). These images are key to understanding the “Southern Terms” argument concerning reconciliation.

So, of course you will want to subscribe, right?

Introducing the Americanist Independent Free Student Portal

graduation-capHow’s this for good news? Students of American history now can get limited access to the Americanist Independent website for FREE. That’s right friends, gratis. No charge. Nada. I have developed a section of the site especially for students that will feature downloadable PDFs focusing on some of the most pressing issues and debates in United States history AND hold on…there will also be PDFs with suggested readings on various topics written by scholars in subfields of US history. If that is not enough, student members will have access to the AI forum. Do you have a question? Now’s your chance to engage with world-class experts in the field. Fire away.

All you need to do is click HERE to sign on.

You’re welcome.


PS – naturally, those who subscribe to the Americanist Independent Journal  as a charter member have access to the Student Portal already. You’re good to go.