Entries by Mark Cheathem

Indian Factories and the American Empire of Commerce

Today’s post was written by David A. Nichols, associate professor of history at Indiana State University. It is based on his new book, Engines of Diplomacy: Indian Factories and the Negotiation of American Empire (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). The American purchase of Louisiana had many consequences, but in the beginning it was mainly an […]

Andrew Cayton Memorial and NHC Fund

Dear Colleagues, We’re writing to encourage you to consider making a gift to the National Humanities Center in honor of our friend and colleague Drew Cayton.  As we shared our grief at Drew’s passing in the fall, we hoped for some way to commemorate his dedication to scholarship and teaching. On the SHEAR blog, friends […]

SHEAR 2016: Final Conference Preparations

Less than a week until SHEAR’s 38th annual meeting opens in New Haven and I have a few updates to share. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is undergoing renovations and you must page your materials in advance so that they can be brought to Sterling Library.  Learn more at http://beineckelibraryrenovation.yale.edu The Papers of […]

Interview with Lorri Glover

Dailyhistory.org recently interviewed SHEAR member Lorri Glover about her new book, The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution, part of Johns Hopkins University Press’ Witness to History book series. Glover’s book “harnesses the uncertainty and excitement of the Constitutional debates to show readers the clear departure the Constitution marked, the powerful reasons people had to […]

Interview with Cassandra Good

Dr. Cassandra Good is assistant professor of history, as well as associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe, at the University of Mary Washington. Her first monograph, Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in America’s Founding Era, 1780-1830 (Oxford University Press, 2015), won the 2016 Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize […]

SHEAR 2016 Conference App Information

Hello SHEARites! The 2016 annual meeting for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is only two months away. We are no longer distributing a printed program in advance of the meeting. Instead, we’ve built a mobile app for SHEAR’s annual meeting that has everything you need to know for the conference, including […]

Reflections on SHEAR and History

We recently asked three long-time SHEAR members and recipients of the organization’s Distinguished Service Award to reflect on their careers and their connection to SHEAR. Connie Schulz, Craig Friend, and Jim Bradford were gracious enough to give their thoughts. Our thanks go to the following University of Oklahoma students, who are interning with JER editor […]

SHEAR 2016 Conference Information

Hello SHEARites! The 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is less than three months away, and plans are well underway. We are no longer distributing printed programs in advance of the meeting (printed programs will be available to conference attendees upon check-in). Instead, an online version of the program […]

SHEARites’ Perspective on the $20 Bill

Unless you spent 24/7 in an archive last week or went into isolation to put the finishing touches on your 2016 SHEAR conference paper, you know that the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it was replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill. The news was met with mixed reactions. […]

SHEAR 2016: Graduate Research Seminars

SHEAR is pleased to open registration for the 2nd annual graduate student research luncheon seminars.  Reserve your spot for a free catered luncheon facilitated by two senior scholars in the field on Friday, July 22, 2016. These seminars permit grad students and senior faculty to discuss common themes, important areas of research, and the challenges faced […]

Harold D. Moser, 1938-2016

Harold D. Moser, longtime editor of both the Daniel Webster and Andrew Jackson Papers projects, passed away on April 4, 2016. A published obituary notes his contributions to the field of documentary editing and the Early Republic: Harold’s more than thirty-year career was under the aegis of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC’s) […]

The End of the Republic

Taking the lead from the nation, which believes that nothing occurred between the Constitution and the Civil War, the Republic is coming to an end after a short tenure. Let’s be honest–SHEARites have nothing to contribute to the nation’s historical illiteracy. Weighing in on 21st-century debates about race relations and immigration doesn’t really make sense. […]

Patricia Cline Cohen Remembers the Late Drew Cayton

Patricia Cline Cohen (President, 2012) concludes this series with her memories of Drew Cayton: Before 2011 I had only met Drew in passing at various SHEAR meetings over the years. Our friendship really began when I joined the troika of future, current, past presidents of SHEAR. Our two years of overlap on the executive committee […]

Paul Gilje Remembers the Late Drew Cayton

  Paul Gilje (President, 2008) offers his thoughts on Drew Cayton in the second post of our series: I first met Drew about forty years ago – when he began his graduate studies at Brown. What struck me about Drew from the very first day was his enthusiasm for history. Over the years, at Brown and […]

John L. Brooke Remembers the Late Drew Cayton

This week, The Republic will be publishing a series of posts containing former SHEAR presidents’ remembrances of the late Drew Cayton, the 2011 SHEAR president. John L. Brooke (President, 2007) begins our series with his memories of Drew and his short tenure at Ohio State University: Drew Cayton set up shop late last summer, in […]

SHEAR 2016: Graduate Student Travel Awards

Once again in 2016, SHEAR will offer Graduate Student Travel Awards. These awards are intended to provide assistance with conference participation for graduate students who have papers accepted to the annual meeting program. As in previous years, SHEAR will make eight gifts of $250 each to help subvent the costs of participation in the annual […]

March Madness 2016 at the Junto

Our friends at The Junto are holding their fourth annual March Madness contest. In case you are not aware of the contest, the Juntoists accept nominations for the best xxx in early American history, then arrange them in the style of the NCAA basketball brackets. (Thankfully, there are no play-in games.) This year, they are asking […]

Welcome to The Republic!

We are excited to launch SHEAR’s new blog, The Republic! This blog will serve as the place to go for news about the organization and scholarship on the period. Planning for this blog began in 2011, when the late Drew Cayton, then serving as SHEAR president, asked Caleb McDaniel and me to put together a […]