New American History leverages the perspectives, scholarly research, and technical capacity of several pathbreaking initiatives.


Bunk is a home for a vast array of American history-related media, ranging from archival oddities to born-digital scholarship to the op-ed pages of today. The site, growing daily, features original interpretations of the past and its intersections with the present. It is a unique laboratory for new forms of history writing and creation, in multiple media, across time, subject, and genre.

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Digital Scholarship Lab
The Digital Scholarship Lab develops innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond. It seeks to reach a wide audience by developing projects that integrate thoughtful interpretation in the humanities and social sciences with innovations in new media.

  • NPR: "Interactive redlining map zooms in on America's history of discrimination."

  • New York Times: "...a stunning data visualization project."

  • MarketWatch: "...the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab created this detailed reminder of America’s colorful history as a nation of immigrants.”

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BackStory is a podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman (with occasional help from host emeritus Peter Onuf) tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to reveal the connections—and disconnections—between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is fun and essential listening no matter who you are.

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