Archive for September, 2011

Members of the Royal Griqua Tribe, which organised the event, were dressed in full regalia. Goab Bishop Kenneth Visser, a provincial leader of the Griqua Royal House, said it was of great significance to come back to the castle, where Adam Kok had once been imprisoned. “For us it means the freedom of the Griqua […]

Hilton Obenzinger, ‘Melville, Holy Lands, and Settler-Colonial Studies’, Leviathan: A journal of Melville Studies 13, 3 (2011). When American Palestine: Melville, Twain and the Holy Land Mania appeared in 1999, it was situated within several broader contexts: American literary studies, of course, but also the field of America-Holy Land studies. And I placed America-Holy Land […]

Diane Austin-Broos, ‘The Politics of Difference and Equality: Remote Aboriginal Communities, Public Discourse, and Australian Anthropology’, Transforming Anthropology 19, 2 (2011) The growth of a network of remote communities in Australia’s Northern Territory followed the success of an Aboriginal land rights movement in the 1970s. In the course of the past two decades, there have […]

Michael Banton, ‘The colour line and the colour scale in the twentieth century’, Ethnic and Racial Studies (2011). Some more recent evidence supports Du Bois’ prediction that the twentieth century would prove the century of the colour line. It indicates that men have always and everywhere shown a preference for fair complexioned women as sexual […]

Katie Pickles, ‘Transnational History and Cultural Cringe: Some Issues for Consideration in New Zealand, Australia and Canada’, History Compass 9, 9 (2011). This article draws upon my personal experience working across the boundaries of New Zealand, Canadian and Australian History. With attention to the British colonial past in these places I compare and contrast the […]

Nadia Kanani, ‘Race and Madness: Locating the Experiences of Racialized People with Psychiatric Histories in Canada and the United States’, Critical Disability Discourse 3 (2011). The intersectional social construction of race and madness has significantly shaped the lived experiences of racialized people with psychiatric histories. Unfortunately, there are few studies that consider the intersections between […]

David A. Chang, ‘Borderlands in a World at Sea: Concow Indians, Native Hawaiians, and South Chinese in Indigenous, Global, and National Spaces’, Journal of American History 88, 2 (2011). extract: The 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s were marked by two movements that were causally related yet contradictory: huge waves of global migration in tension with nation-states’ […]

Brian Mac Cuarta SJ (ed.), Reshaping Ireland, 1550-1700: Colonization and its Consequences (Dublin: four Courts Press, 2011). This collection extends our understanding of the colonial paradigm in early modern Ireland. An appraisal of Tudor government policy is complemented by one soldier’s view of late Elizabethan developments. Plantation cartography and building, colonial discourse, the peerage, Caroline […]



Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks–and listens–to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. Common-place is a common place for […]

Michael C. Blumm, ‘Why Aboriginal Title is a Fee Simple Absolute’, Lewis & Clark Law Review, 2011. The Supreme Court’s 1823 decision in Johnson v. M’Intosh is a foundation case in both Indian Law and American Property Law. But the case is one of the most misunderstood decisions in Anglo-American law. Often cited for the […]