You are here

History and Political Science


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 5June-August 1776 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume 5 covers the preliminary phase of the New York campaign, the period from mid-June to mid-August 1776 when the stage was set for Washington's greatest challenge yet as commander in chief of the Continental army. As the summer weeks passed, the British concentrated a massive military force in... More


The Supreme Court Bar
Legal Elites in the Washington Community Kevin T. McGuire

Who represents litigants in the Supreme Court of the United States? Kevin T. McGuire shows that the most sophisticated of them have the advantage of representation by an elite counsel made up of former clerks to the justices, alumni of the Office of the Solicitor General, partners in powerful... More


The Warren Court in Historical and Political Perspective
Mark Tushnet, ed.

The tenure of Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1953-69) was marked by a series of decisions unique in the history of the Court for the progressive agenda they bespoke. What made the Warren Court special? How can students of history and political science understand... More


The Papers of George Washington
September 1789-January 1790 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume 4 covers the fall and early winter of 1789-90 and focuses on the problems facing the new administration. Many documents in this volume deal with the difficulties Washington encountered in his attempt to staff the federal judiciary and his fears that failure to attract viable candidates for... More


An Evening When Alone
Four Journals of Single Women in the South, 1827–67 Michael O'Brien, ed.

A book that will greatly enhance understanding of the situation of single women in the nineteenth-century South, An Evening When Alone presents the journals of four very different women who, although their lives were worlds apart, each lived and wrote in the South during the years 1827-67. Intimate... More


Jeffersonian Legacies
Edited by Peter S. Onuf

On the occasion of Thomas Jefferson's 250th birthday, a number of today's leading historicans take a fresh look at our third president, architect of democracy for his time and still for ours. Jeffersonian Legacies reconstructs the worlds Thomas Jefferson created for himself and envisioned for his... More


The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 21 August 1801-28 February 1802 James Madison. Edited by Mary A. Hackett, 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


The Papers of George Washington
June 1767-December 1771 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


Civil War Virginia
Battleground for a Nation James I. Robertson, Jr.

This book by aclaimed author, James I. Robertson, Jr., is a comprehensive guide book to all the major Civil War sties in Virginia. Robertson has put together a handy volume filled with fascinating, and sometimes, little-known facts. This guide includes the 26 major battlefields in Virginia as well... More


Unheard Voices
The First Historians of Southern Women Anne Firor Scott, ed.

In this collective biography one of the preeminent historians of her generation retrieves the work and lives of the few who preceded her in writing the history of women in the South.


In Debt To Shay's
The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion Robert A. Gross

[Book description not available]


Imperatives, Behaviors, and Identities
Essays in Early American Cultural History Jack P. Greene

Imperatives, Behaviors, and Identities looks at aspects of the formation and development of English or, after 1707, British-American cultural spaces during the colonial and Revolutionary eras. It focuses on the special character of those new and rapidly changing spaces as dependent and derivative... More


The Agrarian Origins of American Capitalism
Allan Kulikoff

Allan Kulikoff's provocative new book traces the rural origins and growth of capitalism in America, challenging earlier scholarship and charting a new course for future studies in history and economics. Kulikoff argues that long before the explosive growth of cities and big factories, capitalism in... More


The Papers of James Madison
1 October 1809-2 November 1810 James Madison. Edited by J. C. A. Stagg, Jeanne Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook Perdue

Edited by J.C.A. Stagg, Jeane Kerr Cross, and Susan Holbrook PerdueThe thirteen months between October 1809 and September 1910 were dominated by foreign policy problems as Madison labored to protect American neutral rights from the aggressions of France and Great Britain. The published papers... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 1January-July 1784 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

This is the first volume of an eight-volume edition of Washington's papers in the Confederation period. Unlike the series devoted to Washington's Revolutionary War and presidential papers, the Confederation Series is composed almost entirely of personal letters and includes very few official... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 2July 1784-May 1785 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume 2 documents Washington's emergence as the extraordinarily active leader of the move to open the upper reaches of the Potomac to navigation and to use it to tie the fast-settling West to the seaboard states. Besides documents relating to Washington's presidency of the Potomac River Company... More


By the Work of Their Hands
Studies in Afro-American Folklife John M. Vlach

In this book, America's foremost scholar of African-American folklife revolutionizes our understanding of Afro-American material culture. Bringing to the essays his extensive research into the written, oral, and material sources of Afro-American culture as well as his impressive scholarly knowledge... More


Weevils in the Wheat
Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves Charles L. Perdue, Jr., and Thomas E. Barden

For Henry Adams at the turn of the twentieth century, as for his successors in the twenty-first, the relation of mind to a world remade by technology and geopolitical conflict largely determined the destiny of civil life. Henry Adams and the Need to Know presents fourteen essays that articulate... More


The Wolf by the Ears
Thomas Jefferson and Slavery John Chester Miller

This analysis of Jefferson's antislavery views and the actions to which they gave rise, the subject matter of The Wolf by the Ears, is necessarily episodic; while chronology has been generally observed, it was not possible to weld this disparate material into the form of a biographical narrative.


Virginia Folk Legends
Thomas E. Barden

What do devil dogs, witches, haunted houses, Daniel Boone, Railroad Bill, "Justice John" Crutchfield, and lost silver mines have in common? All are among the subjects included in the vast collection of legends gathered between 1937 and 1942 by the field workers of the Virginia Writers Project of... More


The American Revolution
Colin Bonwick

This book traces the development of the United States from the 1760s to the consolidation of the federal government during the 1790s. The author argues that the creation of the American republic was a major revolution; by the time it was complete the United States was radically different from... More


Martin's Hundred
Ivor Noel Hume

The author describes his archeological excavation of a seventeenth-century English settlement in Virginia and his discovery of evidence of the early colonial way of life.


The Bill of Rights
Original Meaning and Current Understanding Eugene W. Hickok, Jr., ed.

While recent years have seen a flood of literature on the Bill of Rights, this collection of essays, all by highly regarded constitutional scholars, is the first to offer a comprehensive amendment-by-amendment, clause-by-clause account of the Bill's recent sweeping transmutation.The book confirms... More


The Edge of The South
Edward L. Ayers

[Book description not available]


The Papers of George Washington
January 1761-June 1767 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


Pages