Call for Reviewer: BAAS Postgraduate Symposium 2021

U.S. Studies Online are seeking conference reviewers for the upcoming PG BAAS Conference: Visibility / Invisibility: Representation and Community Formation in American Studies. USSO is the postgraduate and early-career website, network, and blog for the British Association for American Studies, committed to publishing new work in and related to the… Continue reading

Review: Zoom into BrANCH 2020 (Online)

Conference Review: ‘Zoom into BrANCH’, 10th – 11th October 2020 In a pre-COVID-19 world, the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH) would have met in person for a range of exciting papers on nineteenth-century American history. But, just as the world has had to adapt, so too has… Continue reading

Eyes on Events – David Silkenat, University of Edinburgh’s American History Workshops

The second in our new series Eyes On Events, this week we are interviewing David Silkenat about the upcoming University of Edinburgh’s American History Workshops. These workshops are commencing on the 24th of September through until December. They will be held online via Zoom every Thursday at 5pm. If you are… Continue reading

Review: Teaching Black HERStories, 24th-25th July, University of Missouri (Online)

“Teaching Black HERStories”: a review of transatlantic conferential learning  Teaching Black HERStories was the University of Missouri’s Carter Centre’s 3rd Annual ‘Teaching Black History’ conference. Delivered online due to COVID-19, HERStories focused on “K-12” Black History education. For those unfamiliar with the acronym, K-12 terms US education delivered to children… Continue reading

Loyalist Lawyers: Exiles from the American Revolution

For my book project, I’m investigating lawyers who lived in 18th century Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston. Towards the end of the century, these individuals took a leading role in conducting the American Revolution, and also in the creation of the legal structures that became new state governments and the national government of the United States. As lawyers, they were also a bit of a closed community, speaking an arcane language filled with terms that others could not understand unless they shared the same training: words like fee tail male, executrix, intestacy, writs of attachment, or tripartite bonds were their stock in trade, plus Latin tags for every occasion. Being part of this community of men trained in the same field held them apart from all others, as well as holding them together in a sort of invisible association. Continue reading