Why “Insurrect!” as a title?
“Insurrect!” is a call to action against racist, sexist, and imperialist power in the Americas. We must confront these power relations in the history we write, in our conversations with family and friends, in our organizing communities, and in our classrooms, departments, and research centers. Insurrect! provokes writers and readers to understand insurrection, with all its uncivil connotations and its suggestion of pent-up rage, as a necessary condition for justice, and of change in general. It is finally a directive, encouraging all of us—including the co-organizers of this publication—to translate our writing, teaching, and theorizing into action.

Why publish these ideas in an open access blog, and not an established academic journal?
To produce ethical and robust accounts of our past, Insurrect!’s model of Early American Studies eschews narrow methodological boundaries and the formal models of academic gatekeeping. The strongest possible challenge to the conservatism of the archive and of the academy is one that is accessible and wide in its scope and in its perspectives; as well as one that does not arbitrarily believe the words, records, and justifications set down by literate colonizers and enslavers over the epistemologies and memories passed down in oral traditions. We embrace methodologies that foreground historically marginalized communities, and recognize that many academic tools and resources are designed for a limited audience. We envision a possible future for Early American Studies in which there is little to no room to rehearse the biographies of colonizers, in which a public demonstration to tear down a colonizer’s monument is more powerful—and more relevant as history-writing—than a conference panel in a hotel attended by a handful of gatekeepers.

Who is the audience for Insurrect! and what kind of writing do you publish?
Insurrect! is for students and teachers seeking new primary sources, new avenues of research, and new motivations for the pursuit of that research in the first place. It is also for activists, writers, and thinkers outside of the formal channels of the education system who see the material conditions of their everyday lives shaped by the oppression of the past. Americans are hungry for a history that can help them understand the material realities of the present: this publication offers one possible answer to that need.

How do I submit my writing to Insurrect!?
Please see our submissions page to pitch your work to Insurrect!. We look forward to hearing from you.

How do I cite Insurrect!?

The content on this website and blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  The details of the license are explained here

We encourage readers to share work that appears on Insurrect! Radical Thinking in Early American Studies widely and to use it in their classrooms with attribution. If you use Insurrect! Radical Thinking in Early American Studies’ posts in your scholarly work, please cite it using the citation style most appropriate for your field. Most citation guides provide instructions for how to cite blogs and websites. We have provided some common examples and links to citation guides below.  



1. Author’s First name, Author’s Last Name, “Post Title,” Insurrect! Radical Thinking in Early American Studies, Month Day, Year of Post, URL.


Insurrect! Radical Thinking in Early American Studies. http://insurrecthistory.org.


Author’ Last Name, Author’s First Name, “Post title.” Insurrect! Radical Thinking in Early American Studies. Date Month Year. Web. Date Accessed (URL).


Insurrect! Radical Thinking in Early American Studies. (Year, Month Date). Title of Post [Blog post]. URL.

If you have any questions please contact us before publishing at insurrect.history@gmail.com