Call for Papers on America’s 250th

Two co-editors of an upcoming book of essays about historic sites on the eve of America’s 250th anniversary seek submissions from heritage practitioners and humanities scholars to discuss inclusive, expansive, and reflective narratives of the Revolutionary Era (1750-1830). The book is in editorial development for a public history series at an academic press.

We specifically are in need of contributions that expand the geographic scope of the book beyond the original thirteen colonies to the Caribbean, Canada, Borderlands, and the West. What is the work of countering traditional narratives of the American Revolution in these other regions? 

The book project seeks to leverage the semiquincentennial to highlight innovation and public engagement in the history, scholarship, curation and interpretation of objects and landscapes of the Revolutionary Era. The intended audience includes cultural heritage professionals and higher education faculty and students in museum studies, public history, material culture studies, and related fields.Contributors may also be invited to participate in the development of a toolkit for historic sites to prepare for a robust and meaningful semiquincentennial. 

Length: Longer-form submissions of about 5,000 words (15-20 pp., double spaced) or shorter case studies of 1,000-2,000 words (4-8 pp., double spaced) about a particular project, object, website, etc. 

Deadlines: Please send an email about what you wish to write about (or questions) to by Friday, February 17. Responses will be sent within the month. Completed manuscripts will be due in early January 2024.

Contact Info: Amy Speckart, PhD and Laura A. Macaluso, PhD, Revolutionary Narratives

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