Dear readers, today I was fortunate enough to have my first academic book review published on the H-Florida forum of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. As stated on their website, “H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. [Their] edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussions for colleagues and the interested public.” Although “the computing heart of H-Net resides at MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, [at] Michigan State University,” contributors come from all over the world. Professional historians, lay readers, and college students alike know H-Net for providing concise, informative, and easily accessible reviews of new books written by experts in their respective fields. These reviews are especially tailored for the digital age; they come out much faster and they are much more accessible than reviews in hard copy publications. In addition, the virtual format of the reviews allows for instant feedback from readers, reviewers, and the authors themselves in a variety of ways, including discussion posts. In these ways and more, H-Net is well suited to meet the particular educational needs of students in the information age.
H-Net editors manage forums or “lists” for a variety of sub-fields within the wider discipline of History. Earlier in the summer, I contacted one of the list editors of the H-Florida forum, Jeanine Clark Bremer, and requested to be added to the book reviewers list. Now, only a couple of months later, my first book review has been published. The review is on Chanelle N. Rose’s new work and refurbished dissertation, entitled The Struggle for Black Freedom in Miami: Civil Rights and America’s Tourist Paradise, 1896-1968. Please feel free to read the book review by accessing either of the three links below. If you are interested, you are encouraged to post your responses to the review in the “Replies” section. Many thanks to Jeanine and the rest of the staff at H-Net for their help in editing and publishing this review. Best wishes,