Virginia: Farming only since 1614?

The other night on my way to class, I found myself behind a truck with one of Virginia’s many custom license plates. But this one’s tagline intrigued me: “Farming since 1614.” As the pickup and I crawled down Lee Highway, I started to wonder, “Why 1614?”–particularly in light of Jamestown’s founding seven years before. As…

Diving into digital history

What is digital history, and how did it evolve? The readings for this week’s Clio Wired I addressed those issues in a broad way, providing a running start for the semester. Per the ethos of digital humanities, this week’s readings are available, ungated, to everyone–and also available in printed format. Susan Hockey’s “History of Humanities…

Welcome

Welcome to my site. This site belongs to David McKenzie, a public historian. I’ve begun it for Sharon Leon’s Clio Wired I course, part of the History Ph.D. program at George Mason University. However, I plan to write beyond what I’m doing for class. I will offer commentary (warranted or not, your choice) on a…