At a Glance


Immerse yourself in early U.S. history with this scholarly journal.

American Antiquarian Society and the University of Oklahoma

Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life

Oil on canvas, John Usher Parsons, Self-portrait, John Usher Parsons, 1835

A scholarly journal focused on early American history and run by professional historians. Published in September, January, April, and July, and constituted by interdisciplinary essays, reviews, and "object lessons," the journal hopes "to reach a broad audience of the educated public." Toward this end, the site offers a forum for readers' responses and discussions, space for librarians and archivists, and an "ask the author" feature.

As always with journals, the quality of the site will largely depend upon the quality of the contributors. The editorial board and first two issues, which present 12 items each, suggest a high level of interest from prominent scholars of early America. Whether these scholars can attract a broader readership is a question unanswerable as of yet. A salutary project that holds promise for teaching and research alike.