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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landed gentry has long intrigued American historians, who recently have insisted that the pursuit of this apparently outdated ideal was an impediment to the development of a distinctive American culture.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
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
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
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. 48 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

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

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

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.

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal
A New View of German History Peter Blickle. Translated by Thomas A. Brady

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal is a concise book, brimming with smart ideas and important, little-known information. It lays to rest the notion that ordinary people passively let 'history' sweep over them, instead of actively creating their own history. It is also a powerful antidote to some of the... More

To Live in the Center of the Moment
Literary Autobiographies of Aging Barbara Frey Waxman

In To Live in the Center of the Moment, Barbara Frey Waxman examines the emergence of the evocative literature of aging and demonstrates how these autobiographies challenge negative cultural associations of old age. Waxman has selected narratives that focus not on the broad sweep of a person's life... More

Louisa S. McCord
Selected Writings Richard C. Lounsbury, ed.

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The Virginia Adventure
Roanoke to James Towne Ivor Noël Hume

In The Virginia Adventure, Noel Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining information gathered through excavations of the sites with contemporary accounts from journals, letters, and official records of... More

Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories
Jeannie B Thomas

Interested in preserving her family folklore, Jeannie B. Thomas recorded detailed oral histories from her mother and two grandmothers. While analyzing the tapes of these sessions, she notices the inappropriate laughter often accompanied the retelling of painful stories. In this book, Thomas... More

Running on the Record
Civil War-Era Politics in New Hampshire Lex Renda

In this valuable study, Lex Renda uses retrospective voting theory—a quantitative political science model for assessing political allegiances—to explore the connections between voters’ judgments and public policy in New Hampshire before, during, and after the Civil War. According to this theory,... More

Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South
The Story of Koinonia Farm Tracy Elaine K'meyer

Now available in paperback, Tracy K'Meyer's book is a thoughtful and engaging portrait of Koinonia Farm, an interracial Christian cooperative founded in 1942 by two white Baptist ministers in southwest Georgia. The farm was begun as an expression of radical southern Protestantism, and its... More

William Edward Dodd
The South's Yeoman Scholar Fred Arthur Bailey

William Edward Dodd rose from an impoverished background to become one of the early twentieth century's more distinguished southern historians. While many southern intellectuals of his time denied the existence of class conflict, Dodd made it his life's theme and was unique in using history as a... More

Under the Cover of Kindness
The Invention of Social Work Leslie Margolin

In Under the Cover of Kindness, Leslie Margolin looks at how this country's social welfare system developed and with what results. From his detailed examination of social work texts, primarily case histories, he argues persuasively that social work disguises its own assumptions and claims to power... More

The Modernity of Witchcraft
Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa Peter Geschiere. Translated by Janet Roitman and Peter Geschiere

To many Westerners, the disappearance of African traditions of witchcraft might seem inevitable wuth continued modernization. In The Modernity of Witchcraft, Peter Geschieres uses his own experiences among the Maka and in other parts of eastern and southern Cameroon, as well as other... More

A Woman's War
Southern Women, Civil War, and the Confederate Legacy Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr. and Kim S. Rice. Foreword by Suzanne Lebsock

Enhanced by excerpts from primary documents as well as numerous illustrations, this collection of essays by some of the country’s most prominent Civil War historians intends to move women to the center stage of Civil War history. Topics range from the experiences of female slave contrabandists, to... More