Here are my first round picks (Brackets 3 and 4) in the Junto March Madness Tournament.
Lyons over Rockman
Gordon-Reed over Rothman
Edelson over Brown
Burnard over Jarvis
Smallwood over Hammond
Brown over Foner
Johnson over Waldstreicher
Gallay over Snyder
Freeman over McDonnell
Breen over Griffin
Zabin over Edling
Maier over Bouton
Zagarri over Brewer
Irvin over Cotlar
Furstenburg over O’Brien
Wood over Holton
- I think Maier has the best chance to win the entire tournament
- Holton over Wood will be the popular pick among the left-leaning academic establishment, but Wood’s Empire of Liberty is magisterial
- Gordon-Reed will crush the competition in Bracket Three. I don’t expect her to have a close match until the Final Four
- Breen wins the battle of Northwestern over one of his best students.
- I like Freeman’s Affairs of Honor, but not as a #1 seed. She will lose to Breen in the second round. The same goes for Rockman.
Michael Hattem says
Interesting, John. I think you're right about Gordon-Reed. As for Freeman (putting my advisor bias aside), she got the no. 1 seed because she tied for having the most nominations and seconds along with Alan Taylor's book on 1812.
Jimmy Dick says
Ah, I wondered why that book was a number one seed. I think it is an outstanding book, but I'm not sure it was a number one seed with the others in the bracket. Of course, that is what makes this so interesting.
By the way, I plugged this tournament to the University of Missouri Press folks at the Missouri History Conference yesterday during lunch. They thought it was pretty interesting.
K Engel says
I'm with you on many of those, but I'm really rooting for Bouton, despite the obvious strength of Maier's book. Bouton's book cohesively makes a great argument, and its extremely effective at generating good discussion in the classroom.