The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $21.1 million in grants for 248 humanities projects. Among these is a grant to Assistant Professor, Department of History, David Head for his project "Wavering on a Tremendous Precipice:" George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the Continental Army. Through the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783, Dr. Head will explore political cross-currents that shaped the formation of the new nation and understand demobilization and the adjustment to peace more generally. Head’s first book, Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic, was published in 2015 by the University of Georgia Press.
“NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”
Assistant Professor David Head states, “It is truly an honor being selected as one of this year’s recipients. I will utilize the grant this summer while conducting research for the book at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington in Mount Vernon, Virginia.” Provost Dr. George Sims adds, “Dr. Head’s selection for an NEH Summer Stipend is another indication of the quality of the Spring Hill College faculty. Assistant Professor Shane Dillingham was awarded the same grant last year, and it is rare that two members of the same department receive NEH grants in consecutive years.”