- Over at Concurring Opinions, Ronald K. L. Collins has commenced a series of posts entitled "The Maverick: A Biographical Sketch of Judge Richard Posner." The first installment includes links to several cases Judge Posner argued in 1966-567 while in the Solicitor General's office (including Von's Grocery).
- If you haven’t checking in on Dave Roberston’s American Political Development: A Bibliography for Teaching and Research lately, you really should.
- From The Guardian: "A little-known medieval poem written almost 800 years ago by Scottish borders monks was revealed on Thursday as the earliest independent account of one of the single most important events in English history: the sealing of the Magna Carta."
- From Books&Ideas.net, Thomas Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania) on "The Historian as Public Intellectual." A snippet:
"Drawing an imaginary bright line between the past and the present is a very problematic way to write history, especially recent history. . . . Historians at their best write in ways that are engaging to the educated public. In the era of hyper-specialization in the academy, fewer and fewer scholars have that capacity. But if you are able to do so, you should try to influence the public debate."
- From In Custodia Legis: A research guide on "How To Trace Regulations."
- U.S. history graduate students: if you have a polished essay at hand, don't forget to apply for the Organization of American Historians Louis Pelzer Memorial Award. The deadline is December 1.