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The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
David B. Mattern and Holly C. Shulman

From modest Quaker beginnings as the child of financially insecure parents and the wife of a stolid young lawyer to the excitement and challenges of life as the nation’s first First Lady—arguably the most influential role in the American government’s formative years—Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-... More


The South, The Nation, and The World
Perspectives on Southern Economic Development David L. Carlton and Peter A. Coclanis

Like the rest of British North America, the American South was "born capitalist." The slave plantation, then, was essentially a form of business enterprise like any other—indeed, one quite modern and sophisticated for its time. There were initially very few significant differences in business... More


Saving Monticello
The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built Marc Leepson

How a Jewish navy veteran and his descendants saved one of America's most recognizable architectural landmarks


The Bill of Rights, The Courts, and the Law
David Bearinger, ed.

The Bill of Rights, perhaps the single most important document in American history, has provided a strong and remarkably durable framework in which the limits of government, the scope of individual liberty, and the nature of our democratic system have been defined for more than two hundred years.... More


The Papers of George Washington
August 1792-January 1 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 11, which covers the closing months of Washington's first presidential term, opens with Washington at Mount Vernon, tending to both public and private affairs. The implementation of a federal excise tax on domestically produced whiskey provoked opposition that became violent in western... More


The Revolution of 1800
Democracy, Race, and the New Republic James J. Horn, Jan Ellen Lewis, and Peter S. Onuf, eds.

George W. Bush and Al Gore were by no means the first presidential hopefuls to find themselves embroiled in a hotly contested electoral impasse. Two hundred years earlier, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams endured arguably the most controversial and consequential election in American history.... More


A History of Household Government in America
Carole Shammas

What is household government? To the vast majority of those living in America from the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century it was the government. The head of a household, invariably an adult male, had authority over the property, labor, and mobility of not only his minor children but also his... More


The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 61 November 1803-31 March 1804 James Madison. Edited by Mary A. Hackett, J. C. A. Stagg, Ellen J. Barber, Anne Mandeville Colony, and Angela Kreider

In the five-month period covered by this volume of the Secretary of State Series, Madison and Jefferson work jointly to acquire final possession of, and establish a preliminary government for, the territory acquired in the Louisiana Purchase of May 1803 while simultaneously dealing with merchants'... More


South by Southwest
Planter Emigration and Identity in the Slave South James D. Miller

Between 1815 and 1861 thousands of planters formed a unique emigrant group in American history. A slaveholding, landholding elite, southerners from Georgia and South Carolina uprooted themselves from their communities and headed for their society’s borderlands with a frequency and intensity... More


The Tyranny of Printers
Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic Jeffrey L. Pasley

Although frequently attacked for their partisanship and undue political influence, the American media of today are objective and relatively ineffectual compared to their counterparts of two hundred years ago. From the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century, newspapers were the republic's... More


American Exceptionalism, American Anxiety
Wages, Competition, and Degraded Labor in the Antebellum United States Jonathan A. Glickstein

The mythology of nineteenth-century American economic exceptionalism trumpeted the positive work incentives prevailing in a society of scarce labor, weak class barriers, and abundant opportunity. This ideology agreed with the optimistic vein of political economy, in which high wages went hand in... More


Martha Washington
Ellen Mcallister Clark

In many ways Martha Dandridge Custis Washington represented the ideal woman of the new American republic. She was not born of the aristocracy, but she gained the admiration and respect of all classes of people. She was devoted to her family and home, but she readily made personal sacrifices to join... More


The Papers of George Washington
March-August 1792 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 10 of the Presidential Series continues the fourth chronological series of The Papers of George Washington. The Presidential Series, when complete, will cover the eight precedent-setting years of Washington's presidency. These volumes present the public papers written by or sent to... More


George Washington
First in War Dave R. Palmer. Foreword by General Colin L. Powell

George Washington’s long career as soldier began with defeat as a young line officer in the bloody frontier skirmishes of the French and Indian War; it culminated in the role of commanding general of the Continental army in victory over the British army. This soldier’s life included long years of... More


George Washington
Pioneer Farmer Alan Fusonie. Foreword by Nancy Kassebaum Baker

This volume provides a fresh historical focus on George Washington as a pioneer farmer actively engaged in a new approach to agriculture: one based on a more scientific attitude toward crops, farm animals, and the land. As Alan and Donna Jean Fusonie examined his correspondence and diaries, the... More


The Presidency of George Washington
Jack D. Warren, Jr. Foreword by George H. W. Bush

In the first specialized study of the Washington presidency published in a generation, the historian Jack D. Warren Jr. outlines the first president’s practical accomplishments: the establishment of the executive as an energetic and effective branch of government; the resolution of the new nation’s... More


Slavery at the Home of George Washington
Philip J. Schwarz, ed.

George Washington inherited his first slave at the age of eleven, and he was the only founding father to free his slaves in his will. This highly readable selection of articles focuses on Washington’s changing attitudes toward the institution of slavery and his everyday relationships with the... More


Tigers in Africa
Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope Carmel Schrire

A characteristically unconventional and engaging work, Carmel Schrire’s Tigers in Africa: Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope interweaves such diverse themes as colonial slavery and apartheid, human and carnivore evolution, and science and romance to show how we create the past and... More


Freedom's Promise
Ex-Slave Families and Citizenship in the Age of Emancipation Elizabeth Regosin

Emancipation and the citizenship that followed conferred upon former slaves the right to create family relationships that were sanctioned, recognized, and regulated by the laws that governed the families of all American citizens. Elizabeth Regosin explores what the acquisition of this legal... More


Bathed in Blood
Hunting and Mastery in the Old South Nicolas W. Proctor

The hunt, like the church, courthouse, and family, played an integral role in southern society and culture during the antebellum era. Regardless of color or class, southern men hunted. Although hunters always recognized the tangible gains of their mission—meat, hides, furs—they also used the hunt... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 12October-December 1777 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 12 of the Revolutionary War Series documents Washington's unsuccessful efforts to capitalize on the American victory at Saratoga and his decision to encamp the Continental army for the winter at Valley Forge. The volume opens with the British forces at Philadelphia, where they had returned... More


Parlor Politics
In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government Catherine Allgor

When Thomas Jefferson moved his victorious Republican administration into the new capital city in 1801, one of his first acts was to abolish any formal receptions, except on New Year's Day and the Fourth of July. His successful campaign for the presidency had been partially founded on the idea that... More


Two Novels by Mary Chestnut.
Mary Boykin Chesnut and Elizabeth Muhlenfeld. introduction by Elizabeth Han

As the well-educated and socially skilled wife of a prominent Confederate, Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823-86) was ideally situated—and intellectually equipped—to record the narrative of daily life in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Yet while she is widely recognized for the significant... More


Principle and Interest
Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt Herbert E. Sloan

In this acclaimed work, available here for the first time in paperback, Herbert E. Sloan examines Thomas Jefferson's complex and obsessive relationship to debt—its roles in his life and political career, and in the formation of republican ideology. As party leader in the 1790s, and later as... More


Coming to Terms with Democracy
Federalist Intellectuals and the Shaping of an American Culture, 1800–1828 Marshall Foletta

William Tudor, Willard Phillips, and Richard Henry Dana were not their fathers' Federalists. When these young New England intellectuals and their contemporaries attempted to carve out a place for themselves in the rapidly changing and increasingly unfriendly culture of the early nineteenth century... More


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