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The Papers of George Washington
28 August–27 October 1780

In late August 1780, Gen. George Washington was buoyed by expectations that French reinforcements would participate in an attack on New York City and that a southern army was poised to advance through South Carolina and possibly regain Charleston. News soon reached him that a key division was...

Washington, George


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The Quebec Connection
A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the idea of independence inspired radical changes across the French-speaking world. In The Quebec Connection, Julie-Françoise Tolliver examines the links and parallels that writers from Quebec, the Caribbean, and Africa imagined to unite that world, illuminating the...

Tolliver, Julie-Françoise


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Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century
Hervey, Johnson, Smith, Equiano

Can a single word explain the world? In the British eighteenth century, interest comes close: it lies at the foundation of the period’s thinking about finance, economics, politics, psychology, and aesthetics. Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century provides the first comprehensive account...

Sider Jost, Jacob


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Against Popery
Britain, Empire, and Anti-Catholicism

Although commonly regarded as a prejudice against Roman Catholics and their religion, anti-popery is both more complex and far more historically significant than this common conception would suggest. As the essays collected in this volume demonstrate, anti-popery is a powerful lens through which to...

Haefeli, Evan


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A German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlantic Slave Trade
The Seventeenth-Century Journal of Johann Peter Oettinger

As he traveled across Germany and the Netherlands and sailed on Dutch and Brandenburg slave ships to the Caribbean and Africa from 1682 to 1696, the young German barber-surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger (1666–1746) recorded his experiences in a detailed journal, discovered by Roberto Zaugg and Craig...

Oettinger, Johann Peter


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Enrique Alférez
Sculptor

Enrique Alférez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, but for almost seventy years, he worked in New Orleans, where he left a lasting imprint through his figurative sculptures, monuments, and fountains. Katie Bowler Young has gained unprecedented access to Alférez’s personal and family holdings and has...

Bowler Young, Katie


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Realism and Role-Play
The Human Figure in French Art from Callot to the Brothers Le Nain

After the heroic nudes of the Renaissance and depictions of the tortured bodies of Christian saints, early seventeenth-century French artists turned their attention to their fellow humans, to nobles and beggars seen on the streets of Paris, to courtesans standing at their windows, to vendors...

Knowles, Marika


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Black Landscapes Matter

The question "Do black landscapes matter?" cuts deep to the core of American history. From the plantations of slavery to contemporary segregated cities, from freedman villages to northern migrations for freedom, the nation’s landscape bears the detritus of diverse origins. Black landscapes matter...

Hood, Walter, Tada, Grace Mitchell


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The Delaware Naturalist Handbook

The Delaware Naturalist Handbook is the primary public face of a major university-led public educational outreach and community engagement initiative. This statewide master naturalist certification program is designed to train hundreds of citizen scientists, K–12 environmental educators,...

Jenkins, McKay, Barton, Susan


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Rivers in Russian Literature

Rivers in Russian Literature focuses on the Russian literary and folkloric treatment of five rivers—the Dnieper, Volga, Neva, Don, and Angara. Each chapter traces, within a geographical and historical context, the evolution of the literary representation of one river. Imagination may endow a river...

Ziolkowski, Margaret


The Civilizations of Africa
A History to 1800

Since its initial publication, The Civilizationsof Africa has established itself as the most authoritative text available on early African history. Addressing the glaring lack of works concentrating on earlier African eras, Christopher Ehret’s trailblazing book has been paired with histories of...

Ehret, Christopher


Slavery, Freedom, and Expansion in the Early American West

Most treatments of slavery, politics, and expansion in the early American republic focus narrowly on congressional debates and the inaction of elite "founding fathers" such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. In Slavery, Freedom, and Expansion in the Early American West, John Craig Hammond looks...

Hammond, John Craig


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Magnificent Decay
Melville and Ecology

What is Melville beyond the whale? Long celebrated for his stories of the sea, Melville was also fascinated by the interrelations between living species and planetary systems, a perspective informing his work in ways we now term "ecological." By reading Melville in the context of nineteenth-century...

Nurmi, Tom


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Best New Poets 2020
50 Poems from Emerging Writers

Praise for earlier editions: "[A] reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to grow."—Publishers Weekly "This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets...

Teare, Brian


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Organic Supplements
Bodies and Things of the Natural World, 1580–1790

From the hair of a famous dead poet to botanical ornaments and meat pies, the subjects of this book are dynamic, organic artifacts. A cross-disciplinary collection of essays, Organic Supplements examines the interlaced relationships between natural things and human beings in early modern and...

Jacobson, Miriam, Park, Julie


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Louis Kahn
A Life in Architecture

The man who envisioned and realized such landmark buildings as the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the National Assembly complex in Bangladesh, Louis Kahn was born in what is now Estonia, immigrated to America, and became one of the towering figures in his adopted country’s built world...

Wiseman, Carter


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Backlash
Libel, Impeachment, and Populism in the Reign of Queen Anne

A country bitterly divided between two political parties. Populist mobs rising in support of a reactionary rabble-rouser. Foreign interference in the political process. Strained relations between Britain and Europe. These are not recent headlines—they are from the year 1710, when Queen Anne ruled...

Carnell, Rachel


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The Selected Papers of John Jay
1794–1798

Volume 6 opens with John Jay aboard the Ohio, bound for London in May 1794, to begin what will prove to be the most controversial mission of his career: the negotiation of the treaty that now bears his name. The volume documents the series of proposals and drafts that culminated in the treaty, as...

Jay, John, Nuxoll, Elizabeth M.


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Henry Adams in Washington
Linking the Personal and Public Lives of America’s Man of Letters

A descendent of two U.S. presidents and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Henry Adams enjoyed a very particular place in American life, not least due to his ancestry. Yet despite his prolific writing in the years between 1877 and 1891, when he lived in Washington, D.C., Adams has somehow slipped into...

Seavey, Ormond


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By Broad Potomac's Shore
Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital

Following her successful Literary Guide to Washington, DC, which Library Journal called "the perfect accompaniment for a literature-inspired vacation in the US capital," Kim Roberts returns with a comprehensive anthology of poems by both well-known and overlooked poets working and living in the...

Roberts, Kim