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Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Translated by Carrol F. Coates. Afterword by Carrol F. Coates. Introduction by Christophe Wargny

Dignity is Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's compelling story of his three years of exile, from the coup that deposed him (September 30, 1991) to the U.N. Security Council vote in favor of military intervention (July 31, 1994). He offers an intensely personal journal of events, one that... More

The Market Revolution in America

Social, Political, and Religious Expressions 1800–1880

Edited by Melvyn Stokes and Steven Conway

The last decade has seen a major shift in the way nineteenth-century American history is interpreted, and increasing attention is being paid to the market revolution occurring between 1815 and the Civil War. This collection of twelve essays by preeminent scholars in nineteenth-century history aims... More

The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 6
July-November 1790

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

During the period covered by volume 6, Washington's attention was devoted to several matters of great national significance. He signed the Residence and Funding Acts, authorizing a permanent new Federal City on the Potomac, establishing the seat of the federal government at Philadelphia until 1800... More

The Papers of George Washington
Presidential Series, vol. 5
January-June 1790

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 5 covers the first half of 1790 and focuses on Washington's continued concentration on the problems facing the new government. North Carolina had ratified the Constitution in late 1789, and Rhode Island held its ratifying convention in early 1790. Many documents in this volume reflect the... More

Harry Byrd of Virginia

Ronald L. Heinemann

This is the first full-scale biography of Harry Byrd Sr., one of the most influential politicians of this century. His fascinating career as Virginia governor, U.S. senator, and leader of the Virginia Democratic Party enabled him to touch every important event and meet every significant political... More

Limits of Anarchy

Intervention and State Formation in Chad

Sam C. Nolutshungu

The emergence and disintegration of states, often under conditions of appalling violence, is a problem of primary importance in the world. Chad's long experience of civil strife and foreign intervention illustrates some of the fundamental difficulties involved in the attempt to achieve political... More

Mad Princes of Renaissance Germany

Erik H. C. Midelfort

During the sixteenth century close to thirty German dukes, landgraves, and counts, plus one Holy Roman emperor, were known as mad- so mentally disordered that serious steps had to be taken to remove them from office or to obtain medical care for them. This book is the first study these princes, and... More

Understanding the American Revolution

Issues and Actors

Jack P. Greene

This volume brings together sixteen essays on the American Revolution by leading historian Jack Greene. Originally published between 1972 and the early nineties, these essays approach the Revolution as an episode in British imperial history rather than as the first step in the creation of an... More

The Papers of William Thornton

Volume 1: 1781-1802

William Thornton. Edited by C. M. Harris

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Flowerdew Hundred

The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation, 1619–1864

James Deetz

Deetz’s Flowerdew Hundred is a synopsis of the result of twenty-five years of archaeological investigations at Flowerdew Hundred, a former plantation on the south side of the James River in Prince George County, Virginia. Throughout the work, Deetz conveys the importance of combining historiography... More


Evelyn Scott. Afterword by Dorothy M. Scura

In 1913, at the age of nineteen, Elsie Dunn- later to be known as Evelyn Scott- turned her back on the genteel Southern world she was born into and ran off to Brazil with a married Tulane University dean more than twice her age. Living in tropical exile under assumed names, the couple produced a... More

The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson

David N. Mayer

In this comprehensive account of Thomas Jefferson's constitutional thought, David N. Mayer offers a fresh perspective on Jefferson's philosophy of government. Eschewing the "liberalism versus civic republicanism" debate that has so dominated early American scholarship in recent years, Mayer... More

Vein of Iron. Afterword by Anne Firor Scott

Ellen Glasgow. Afterword by Anne Firor Scott

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Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity

Stephen L. Wasby

The first book-length study of civil rights litigation from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity fills a void in the scholarly literature on American courts and poltics in the post Brown versus Board of Education era.

Digging through Darkness

Chronicles of an Archaeologist

Carmel Schrire

In Digging Through Darknes, Carmel Schrire interweaves art and fact to recreate a distant world. Tracking the broad sweep of European expansion into Africa, Australia, and the Pacific, Schrire focuses on the evidence unearthed in archaeological sites, leading the reader through a wealth of strata... More

The Papers of George Washington
Colonial Series, vol. 10
March 1774-June 1775 with Cumulative Index

George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

The ten-volume Colonial Series, covering the years 1748-1775, takes the young Washington through his command of the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and then focuses on his political and business activities as a Virginia planter during the fifteen years before the American... More

The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 4
April 1786-January 1787

George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume Four spans the critical period between April 1786 and January 1787. Washington spent all of this period at home at Mount Vernon, managing and improving his estate. Yet he remained a keen observer of the national scene, receiving a steady stream of reports on political developments from... More

The Martinsville Seven

Race, Rape, and Capital Punishment

Eric W. Rise

This book offers the first comprehensive treatment of the case of the Martinsville Seven, a group of young black men executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman in Martinsville, Virginia. Covering every aspect of the proceedings from the commission of the crime through two appeals, Eric W. Rise... More

New Communitarian Thinking

Persons, Virtues, Institutions, and Communities

Amitai Etzioni, ed.

Communitarian thought is at the heart of a fierce debate in political theory about the justice, efficacy, and future of liberalism and liberal societies. Amitai Etzioni has collected a sterling list of contributors who bring communitarian thinking to bear on such timely and contentious issues as... More

Revolutionary Outlaws

Ethan Allen and the Struggle for Independence on the Early American Frontier

Michael Bellesiles

In this revisionary look at the eighteenth-century frontier, Michael A. Bellesiles shows us that more than a legendary Revolutionary War hero, Ethan Allen was the leader of a group of frontier subsistence farmers united in their opposition to New York elites and land speculators; the independence... More

The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 3
1 March 1802-6 October 1802

James Madison. Edited by David B. Mattern, J. C. A. Stagg, Jeanne Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook Perdue

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

Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia

Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.

On the eve of the Civil War, more Afircan-Americans lived in Virginia than in any other state- 490,000 slaves and 59,000 free blacks- and they were active participants in the single most dynamic event to shape the American consciousness. Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia is... More

His Soul Goes Marching On

Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid

Paul Finkelman, ed.

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The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 6
13 August-20 October 1776

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 6 documents Washington's decisions and actions during the heart of the New York campaign--the period from late summer to early fall 1776 when his British opponent, General William Howe, took the offensive and outmaneuvered the American forces in and around New York City through a series of... More

The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 3
May 1785-March 1786

George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume Three of the Confederation Series of The Papers of George Washington spans the year between May 1785 and April 1786, described by Washington's biographer Douglas Southall Freeman as a year of "drought and distraction." Washington spent most of these months at Mount Vernon, continuing to... More