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  • Letter from the Editors
  • Rosalind J . Beiler and Judith A. Ridner

With this issue, Early American Studies marks a milestone—its twentieth year of publication. It is also our first issue as the new coeditors of the journal. We are honored to join the editorial staff of EAS, a journal that has become an important forum and a leading voice for our interdisciplinary field over the past two decades. We look forward to building on the fine work of our predecessors—Laura Keenan Spero, Roderick A. McDonald, C. Dallett Hemphill, Elaine Forman Crane, and George W. Boudreau—who published high-quality scholarship from a broad range of disciplines and topics. We also want to acknowledge and thank the current members of the editorial board as well as those who have served on the board over the past two decades. Your thoughtful guidance has helped to steer the journal in positive directions. Scholarly journals like this one depend on the uncompensated labor of many individuals, from the authors who contribute articles to the scholars who serve as reviewers of manuscripts. We are grateful to be a part of such a generous professional community. From our perspective, the journal represents a strong synergy among authors, reviewers, editors, and readers. Finally, we wish to thank the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Penn Press for their continued support of the journal.

As we begin our editorship, we look forward to maintaining and even expanding the journal's interdisciplinary reach by recruiting additional material culture specialists, archaeologists, art historians, music scholars, and public historians to contribute articles or join the editorial board. Our belief is that a greater range of disciplinary perspectives will only boost the journal's intellectual dynamism. We also plan to continue EAS's current policy of allowing authors to develop ideas in the space they need to fully [End Page 1] articulate them rather than limiting submissions to specific lengths. And we will continue to publish special issues regularly. Please consider submitting your research to the journal and inviting your colleagues to do the same.

Readers will also gradually begin to see changes that reflect our vision for the future of the journal. This issue debuts a newly designed cover, thanks to Mike Shier, Journals Manager for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. It also marks the launch of a new companion website, EAS Miscellany (, which Mike designed with help from our digital editorial assistant, Rhiannon O'Neil, a UCF graduate student. The new website features shorter and more informal types of scholarly writing on early America that connect to the journal's articles or can stand alone. In the future, we hope to include reviews of digital projects or exhibits, notes from conferences, roundtable discussions, interviews with EAS authors and McNeil Center fellows, and teaching materials connected to the journal's articles. Our intent is to create a space where we can expand both the interdisciplinarity and the diversity of the journal's early American studies community. We welcome content and ideas from you!

As we learn the ropes of our job, we are especially grateful for the assistance of former editor Roderick McDonald, interim and now associate editor Laura Keenan Spero, McNeil Center director Emma Hart, former director Dan Richter, and associate director Amy Baxter-Bellamy. We look forward to working together and we hope to hear from you all regularly. We invite you to email us at with your feedback and ideas. [End Page 2]

Rosalind J . Beiler
University of Central Florida
Judith A. Ridner
Mississippi State University


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