Hello history geeks! Here are four and a half of the coolest things I’ve found while researching lately.
The English Broadside Ballad Archive
This site is one of the most comprehensive treatments of early modern popular culture I’ve found. It’s searchable by ballad name (“Twa Sisters” or “Captain Ward”) or by keyword (“sex”, “catastrophe”) or by clever and inspired topics (“Deadliest Catch: Amazing Creatures of the Deep”). Best of all, many of the ballads have recordings attached to them too!
London Lives, 1690-1800
A detailed, searchable, and growing collection of documents and images that detail the lived experiences of ordinary people in London during the eighteenth century. My favorite feature is the “Lives” link; clicking it gives you profiles of individual men, women, and children that you can access by name or keyword.
The Public Domain Review
This site collects and organizes books, pamphlets, images, audio, and other cool stuff…
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