Whether it's the blogosphere, animated things (SpongeBob move over!), or opposition to war, nineteenth-century America seems to have beaten us to the punch on all fronts. In the latest issue of Common-place, historian J. M. Opal shows what we can learn from nineteenth-century peaceniks; Rutgers literature historian Meredith McGill explores the cut and paste culture of the antebellum literary digests, the blogs of their day; and historian Hannah Carlson follows the career of the main character in James Fenimore Cooper's 1843 novella, The Autobiography of a Pocket Handkerchief. Find all this as well as essays by Eran Shalev, Joyce Chaplin, Catherine Allgor, Paul Staiti, and much more at http://www.common-place.org.
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