Category Archives: Methods

Arguing Over Slavery in the Constitution

By Matthew Pinsker Originally written in fall 2015, this post has been revised and updated slightly in fall 2019. The words “slavery” or “slave” did not appear in the original US Constitution adopted by the Framers on September 17, 1787 … Continue reading

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James Madison is the Father of Note-Taking.  Of course, the former US president is better known as Father of the Constitution, but that designation is at least partly the by-product of the man’s incredible note-taking prowess.  As a delegate to … Continue reading

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Historians For and Against Wikipedia

Sooner or later, as a modern-day history major you have to figure out where you stand on Wikipedia.  It’s either something you depend on, something you avoid, or something you use but try not to acknowledge.  Where do you stand?  More … Continue reading

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