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The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 9
March-June 1777

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 9 covers the spring of 1777, a period when Washington's resourcefulness and perseverance were tested as much as at any time during the war. Instead of opening the new campaign by taking the field with a reinvigorated Continental army as planned, Washington was obliged to spend much of his... More

The Invention of George Washington

Paul K. Longmore

BY TRACING George Washington's deliberate development from colonial planter and soldier to republican icon, Paul Longmore answers the riddle of Washington's simultaneous fame and aloofness, arriving at a portrait of Washington as a self-fashioning representative of his turbulent time. As a young... More

Federalists Reconsidered

Edited by Doron S. Ben-Atar and Barbara B. Oberg

These essays demonstrate that American political culture was fashioned in a dialogue between Federalists and Jeffersonians. They portray an active Federalist coalition that offered a vibrant intellectual and political alternative throughout the era of the early republic. Cutting across boundaries... More

The Jefferson Image in the American Mind

Merrill D. Peterson

Since its publication in 1960, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind has become a classic of historical scholarship. In it Merrill D. Peterson charts Thomas Jefferson's influence upon American thought and imagination since his death in 1826. Peterson's focus is "not primarily with the truth or... More

The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 8
March-September 1791

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

n the period covered by volume 8 of the Presidential Series, the spring and summer of 1791, Washington completed a tour of the southern states, traveling almost 2,000 miles through Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. During his journey the heads of executive departments regularly reported to him... More

Keep Your Head to the Sky

Interpreting African American Home Ground

Grey Gundaker, ed.

The concept of African American home ground knits together diverse aspects of the American landscape, from elite suburbs and tower apartments to the old homeplaces of the countryside, to the tabletop array of family photos beside the bed of a housebound elder. This fascinating volume focuses on... More

The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 8
January-March 1777

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 8 documents Washington's first winter at Morristown. Situated in the hills of north central New Jersey, Morristown offered protection against the British army headquarters in New York City yet enabled Washington to annoy the principal enemy outposts at Newark, Perth Amboy, and New Brunswick... More


Philosophy of History after Postmodernism

Ewa Domanska. Introduction by Allan Megill, Afterword by Lynn Hunt

Frustrated with the usual methods of scholarly inquiry, Ewa Domanska hit upon the idea of interviewing some of the world's most original and important theorists and philosophers of history to get at the heart of contemporary understandings of "history." The result is Encounters, an exciting... More

Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in Ewe Voodoo

Judy Rosenthal

As a new resident of Togo in 1985, Judy Rosenthal witnessed her first Gorovodu trance ritual. Over the next eleven years, she studied this voodoo in West Africa's Ewe populations of coastal Ghana, Togo, and Benin, an area once called the Slave Coast. The result is Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in... More

Counting on the Latino Vote

Latinos as a New Electorate

Louis DeSipio

Latinos, along with other new immigrants, are not being incorporated into U.S. politics as rapidly as their predecessors, raising concerns about political fragmentation along ethnic lines. In Counting on the Latino Vote, Louis DeSipio uses the first national studies of Latinos to investigate... More

Lee's Young Artillerist

William R J Pegram

Peter S. Carmichael

William R. J. Pegram forged a record as one of the most prominent artillerists in the Army of Northern Virginia. He participated in every major battle in Virginia and rose form sergeant to full colonel by the end of the war. Neither zealot nor fanatic, Pegram shared the values of the South's ruling... More

Moments of Freedom

Anthropology and Popular Culture

Johannes Fabian

Johannes Fabian was one of the first anthropologists to introduce the concept of popular culture into the study of contemporary Africa. Drawing on his research in the Shaba region of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), he has been writing for thirty years about the practices, beliefs, and... More

Necessary Virtue

The Pragmatic Origins of Religious Liberty in New England

Charles P. Hanson

Virulent anti-Catholicism was a hallmark of New England society from the first Puritan settlements to the eve of the American Revolution and beyond. Thus America's tactical decision during the Revolution to form alliances with Catholics in Canada and France ignited an awkward debate. The paradox... More

Domesticating the Empire

Race, Gender, and Family Life in French and Dutch Colonialism

Julia Clancy-Smith and Frances Gouda, eds.

In Domesticating the Empire, Julia Clancy-Smith and Frances Gouda bring together twelve essays- most of them original- that probe issues of gender, race, and power in the French and Dutch Empires of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.This collection goes beyond the crude dichotomies of "... More

The Complete Colonial Gentleman

Cultural Legitimacy in Plantation America

Michal J. Rozbicki

The colonial plantation elite's persistent emulation of the British landed gentry has long intrigued American historians, who recently have insisted that the pursuit of this apparently outdated ideal was an impediment to the development of a distinctive American culture. In The Complete Colonial... More

The Papers of George Washington
Retirement Series, vol. 1
March-December 1797

George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

During the first ten months of Washington's retirement, Washington was, as he said, busier than ever before, breaking in a new farm manager, repairing and refurbishing long-neglected buildings, hiring new overseers and a new gardener from Britain, and most difficult, and perhaps most important of... More

The Papers of George Washington
Retirement Series, vol. 2
January-September 1798

George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

In the early months of 1798, Washington's correspondence relates mostly to such private concerns as the management of his Mount Vernon estate, his tenants in Virginia, his lands in the West and in Pennsylvania, and the education of Washington Parke Custis and the marriage of Nelly Custis, but he... More

The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 7
December 1790-March 1791

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 7 of the series presents documents written during the final sessions of the First Congress, a period of intense activity for Washington and his administration. Between December 1790 and March 1791, Congress passed legislation that established a national bank and a dederal excise, incresed... More

The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 4
8 October 1802-15 May 1803

James Madison. Edited by Mary A. Hackett, J. C. A. Stagg, Jeanne Kerr Cross, Susan Holbrook Perdue, and Ellen J. Barber

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

DeTocqueville and the French Translated by Beth G Raps

Francoise Melonio

With his lifelong examination of the relation between freedom and equality in modern societies, Alexis de Tocqueville is the most widely shared icon of Franco-American political culure. Until now, his American readers have not been in a position to recognize the extent to which, even when his... More

Miles to Go

Aging in Rural Virginia

Susan Garrett

You can drive out of Charlottesville, Virginia, in any direction and within ten minutes find yourself in third-world rural poverty. In 1988, University of Virginia academics began pondering how the institution's vast resources could be used to improve the lives of these rural poor. The result was... More

The Bill of Rights

Government Proscribed

Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, eds.

The essays in this collection set the Bill of Rights in context by tracing its historical lineages and establishing the political context for its adoption by the states. They point out the differences between Federalist fears of anarchy and Antifederalist fears of tyranny, as eventually... More

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

An American Controversy

Annette Gordon-Reed

When Annette Gordon-Reed's groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of... More

Soldier and Scholar

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War

Ward W. Briggs, Jr., ed.

One of America's greatest classical scholars, Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924) was also a Civil War journalist. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and a self-described "southerner beyond dispute," he received his doctorate in Germany and returned to America an enthusiastic advocate of Greek... More

Eastern Shore Indians of Virginia and Maryland

Helen C. Rountree. with Thomas E. Davidson

Mixing chronological narrative with a full ecological portrait, anthropologists Rountree and Davidson have reconstructed the culture and history of Virginia’s and Maryland’s Eastern Shore Indians from a.d. 800 until the last tribes disbanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.