Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Issue of Common-Place: Articles of Interest

Common-Place is a "journal of early American life," published on-line in cooperation with the University of Connecticut and the American Antiquarian Society. As a digital project, Common-Place publishes a wide variety of information beyond reviews and articles--such as "Object Lessons" (on material culture) and "Tales from the Vault" (essays inspired by archival materials). The most recent issue, just published, contains two articles of particular interest to business historians. One is Justene G. Hill's review essay on Calvin Schemerhorn's The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism (Yale University Press, 2015). The other is a "Tale from the Vault" by Pierre Gervais that focuses on market manipulation in the 1780s, based on a letter to flour dealer Levi Hollingsworth of Philadelphia.
   Readers might also find of interest a "Notes on the Text" feature by Cybèle T. Gontar, who discusses the background and importance of a broadside found in the Archivo General de Indias announcing the closure of the Port of New Orleans by the Spanish in 1802, and Konstantin Dierks' discussion of his digital project, "Globalization of the United States, 1789-1861."