As you recover from the frantic festive season, ring in the New Year by celebrating with us the publication of our second isse. Like our award-winning first issue, Volume 1, Issue 2 of Common-place promises to enlighten and engage, with lively new features by Molly McCarthy, who confesses her addiction to eBay, and by Ann Fabian, who enters the fray in the battle over Kennewick Man. Also included: Ezra Greenspan's tour of a website devoted to Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Barry Bienstock's inspiring tale of teaching high school students about 1492, Richard Wightman Fox's defense of writing history backwards, Laura Rigal's look at Ben Franklin's passion for "electric books," and Jane Kamensky's answer to the question, "Why spend Columbus Day and Thanksgiving marching in the street?," Stephen Nissenbaum's "There Arose Such a Clatter," an investigation of who really wrote "The Night Before Christmas," plus reviews and more, including your own contributions and commentary at Common-place's "Republic of Letters."
Since its launch in September, Common-place has already earned a name for itself as an innovative "middle ground" between jargon-ridden ivory-tower scholarship and the diluted version of American history too often found in popular magazines or on television. In recent months, we've earned awards and "picks" from USA Today, Brill's Content, The Scout Report, Yahoo.com, and others, all applauding our vivid writing, elegant design, and fresh approach to bringing the past to the public.
As always, you can expect Common-place to embody informed scholarship, impassioned opinion, and energetic prose. Visit www.common-place.org today and let us know what you think of the newest addition to our family.
Jill Lepore, Jane Kamensky
Jill Lepore, Jane Kamensky, Co-Editors
Boston University, Brandeis University
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