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History and Political Science


Accommodating Revolutions

Virginia's Northern Neck in an Era of Transformations, 1760-1810


Albert H. Tillson, Jr.

Accommodating Revolutions addresses a controversy of long standing among historians of eighteenth-century America and Virginia—the extent to which internal conflict and/or consensus characterized the society of the Revolutionary era. In particular, it emphasizes the complex and often self-... More


Mongrel Nation

The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings


Clarence E. Walker

The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of "Did they or didn’t they?" But lost in the argument over the existence of such a relationship are equally urgent questions about a history that is more complex, both sexually and culturally,... More


Revolutionary Negotiations

Indians, Empires, and Diplomats in the Founding of America


Leonard J. Sadosky

Revolutionary Negotiations examines early American diplomatic negotiations with both the European powers and the various American Indian nations from the 1740s through the 1820s. Sadosky interweaves previously distinct settings for American diplomacy—courts and council fires—into one singular,... More


What Reconstruction Meant

Historical Memory in the American South


Bruce E. Baker

A great deal has been written about southern memory centering on the Civil War, particularly the view of the war as a valiant lost cause. In this challenging new book Bruce Baker looks at a related, and equally important, aspect of southern memory that has been treated by historians only in passing... More


Building Charleston

Town and Society in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World


Emma Hart

In the colonial era, Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest city in the American South. From 1700 to 1775 its growth rate was exceeded in the New World only by that of Philadelphia. The first comprehensive study of this crucial colonial center, Building Charleston charts the rise of one of... More


Law, Politics, and Perception

How Policy Preferences Influence Legal Reasoning


Eileen Braman

Are judges' decisions more likely to be based on personal inclinations or legal authority? The answer, Eileen Braman argues, is both. Law, Politics, and Perception brings cognitive psychology to bear on the question of the relative importance of norms of legal reasoning versus decision markers'... More


Empires of the Imagination

Transatlantic Histories of the Louisiana Purchase


Peter J. Kastor and Francois Weil, eds.

Empires of the Imagination takes the Louisiana Purchase as a point of departure for a compelling new discussion of the interaction between France and the United States. In addition to offering the first substantive synthesis of this transatlantic relationship, the essays collected here offer new... More


Rome Reborn on Western Shores

Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic


Eran Shalev

Rome Reborn on Western Shores examines the literature of the Revolutionary era to explore the ways in which American patriots employed the classics and to assess antiquity's importance to the early political culture of the United States. Where other writers have concentrated on political theory and... More


The Papers of James Madison
Retirement Series, vol. 1
1817-1820


James Madison. Edited by David B. Mattern, J. C. A. Stagg, Mary Parke Johnson, and Anne Mandeville Colony

The Papers of James Madison project, housed at the University of Virginia, was established in 1956 to publish annotated volumes of the correspondence and writings of James Madison, the Virginia statesman most often remembered for his public service as "Father of the Constitution" and as fourth... More


"Evil People"

A Comparative Study of Witch Hunts in Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier


Johannes Dillinger. translated by Laura Stokes

Inspired by recent efforts to understand the dynamics of the early modern witch hunt, Johannes Dillinger has produced a powerful synthesis based on careful comparisons. Narrowing his focus to two specific regions—Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier—he provides a nuanced explanation of how... More


Fixing College Education

A New Curriculum for the Twenty-first Century


Charles Muscatine

Since his early days at the University of California, Berkeley, when he was fired for refusing to sign a loyalty oath during the Red Scare, Charles Muscatine has been a dedicated teacher and higher education reformer. Upon his reinstatement at Berkeley, he founded "Strawberry Creek College," a six-... More


Take Care of the Living

Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia


Jeffrey W. McClurken

Take Care of the Living assesses the short- and long-term impact of the war on Confederate veteran families of all classes in Pittsylvania County and Danville, Virginia. Using letters, diaries, church minutes, and military and state records, as well as close analysis of the entire 1860 and 1870... More


The Correspondence of John Cotton Jr.



edited by Sheila McIntyre and Len Travers

John Cotton Jr. (1639–1699) was the second son of one of the most famous clergymen of New England’s founding generation. At the age of twenty-two, already the pastor of the church in Wethersfield, Connecticut, he lost his ministry as a result of a sexual scandal. Disgraced and jobless, Cotton moved... More


The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 15
1 January-30 April 1794


George Washington. Edited by Christine Sternberg Patrick

Volume 15 documents the period from 1 January through 30 April 1794, a time when Washington continued to focus his efforts as president on preventing the United States from becoming entangled in the continuing war between France and Great Britain. Of particular concern was French and British... More


Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience



Colin G. Calloway and Neal Salisbury

For the indigenous peoples of New England--the Abenaki, Mohegan, Mohican, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Pequot, Schaghticoke, Wampanoag, and other tribal nations--the colonial period has not yet ended. In light of the contemporary struggles of Native peoples to defend their... More


The German Discovery of the World

Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous


Christine R. Johnson

Current historiography suggests that European nations regarded the New World as an inassimilable "other" that posed fundamental challenges to the accepted ideas of Renaissance culture. The German Discovery of the World presents a new interpretation that emphasizes the ways in which the new lands... More


Distant Revolutions

1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism


Timothy Mason Roberts

Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism is a study of American politics, culture, and foreign relations in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminated through the reactions of Americans to the European revolutions of 1848. Flush from the recent American military victory... More


In and Out of the West

Reconstructing Anthropology


Maurice Godelier. Translated by Nora Scott

Is anthropology simply a continuation of colonial domination and cultural imperialism by other means, or has it--since its nineteenth-century rebirth as a purportedly scientific discipline--produced reliable knowledge about the cultures it studies? Is anthropology a mirror--which reflects only the... More


The View of the Courts from the Hill

Interactions between Congress and the Federal Judiciary


Mark C. Miller

The View of the Courts from the Hill explores the current interactions and relationship between the U.S. Congress and federal courts using a "governance as dialogue" approach, which argues that constitutional interpretation in the United States is a continuous and complex conversation among all... More


Criminal Injustice

Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia's Criminal Justice System


Glenn McNair

Criminal Injustice: Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia’s Criminal Justice System is the most comprehensive study of the criminal justice system of a slave state to date. McNair traces the evolution of Georgia’s legal culture by examining its use of slave codes and slave patrols, as well as... More


A "Topping People"

The Rise and Decline of Virginia's Old Political Elite, 1680-1790


Emory G. Evans

A "Topping People" is the first comprehensive study of the political, economic, and social elite of colonial Virginia. Evans studies twenty-one leading families from their rise to power in the late 1600s to their downfall over one hundred years later. These families represented the upper echelons... More


Scientific Jefferson

Revealed


Martin Clagett

Well known as a politician and architect, Thomas Jefferson also made important contributions to science. He was elected the third president not only of the United States but also of that most august of scientific clubs, the American Philosophical Society, following in the footsteps of Benjamin... More


Almanac of Virginia Politics 2008



Toni-Michelle C. Travis

Published since 1977 and updated every two years, the Almanac of Virginia Politics is the leading source of information on the legislative process and key players in Virginia government. The 2008 volume is invaluable for those tracking the changing demographics that are bringing about historical... More


Industrious in Their Stations

Young People at Work in Urban America, 1720-1810


Sharon B. Sundue

Industrious in Their Stations is the first comparative study of child labor in eighteenth-century America. Focusing on Philadelphia, Boston, and Charleston, Sundue examines the work experiences of children and analyzes regional differences in child labor according to gender, race, and class. During... More


"What Shall We Do with the Negro?"

Lincoln, White Racism, and Civil War America


Paul D. Escott

Throughout the Civil War, newspaper headlines and stories repeatedly asked some variation of the question posed by the New York Times in 1862, "What shall we do with the negro?" The future status of African Americans was a pressing issue for those in both the North and in the South. Consulting a... More


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