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Jonathan Wilson

The First U.S. Intellectual History

Dear readers: The following is a guest post from Jonathan Wilson,  a Ph.D. candidate in American intellectual history at Syracuse University, who regularly blogs at The Junto. Here’s an old question: What’s the difference between intellectual history and social or cultural history? It’s a question about subject matter and methodology. More subtly, it’s also a question about political perspectives, models of causation, and the historian’s degree of elite-white-male-ness. More subtly still, it’s a question about academic hiring standards. Working on a dissertation concerned with the early nineteenth century, I sometimes have a hard time bringing this question into focus. It Read more