Avoiding the Gutter

Typically, when it comes to any sort of paper, I force myself to work on it a little each day. I make an outline for the paper (that changes a million times) and try to direct my time each day to one point or source on the outline. This could just mean reading and writing…


Footnotes

For the first two years of college I was declared a double major in English and History. The hardest thing about that was needing to know how to cite in both MLA and Chicago. While I dropped the English major after realizing it meant two semesters of Linguistics, I wouldn’t say switching majors meant I…


Google-y eyes

If someone were to Google “Courtney Burrows” I would hope that my name would not be the first, especially not in the images section. And this isn’t out of fear or shyness, I just think that if there is anything out there about me, it would only be from my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or maybe…


Affordable Accessibility

Digital resources makes the “where’s your proof?” question easier and more affordable to answer. With a wide variety of information that is easily accessible, historians can find things that just twenty years ago they had to travel to an archive for. This isn’t to say that some things still must be accessed ‘in person’, but…


Mohawk Valley

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Inside Out

Fields like ethnohistory, environmental history, social/cultural history, and women and gender studies are typically seen as outside, or additional studies attempting to rewrite¬†history. Even if it isn’t intentional, people talk about these fields as merely related to history as a whole rather than a sector inside history itself.¬†This is partly due to the fact that…


Out With the Old, In With the New

Prior to attending a university I would tell people that I knew that I wanted to be a teacher but I just didn’t know what I wanted to teach. While history classes always entertained me, I doubted my ability to know every detail of the timeline of the world. I still doubt that ability, but…


100 Year Difference: Parkman and Jennings

After reading Francis Jennings’ Empire of Fortune, I started to wonder if Parkman was talking about the same war. Jennings is not afraid to call Parkman out and his main reason is that Parkman ignores the majority of the bad and blood that occurs. Time shapes how historians write, even when we would like to…


Historiography: Popular or Academic

If the professionalization of history was a weight loss journey, popular history would be a collection of the before and after pictures, Pinterest boards of exercise clothing, and Instagram pictures of ‘fit’ meals. It’s the story every out-of-shape person in the nation wants to know about. It does the work for us, letting us know…