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A Political Nation
A Political Nation

New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political History

Gallagher, Gary W., Shelden, Rachel A.

This impressive collection joins the recent outpouring of exciting new work on American politics and political actors in the mid-nineteenth century. For several generations,...


George Washington
George Washington

First in War

Palmer, Dave R.

George Washington’s long career as soldier began with defeat as a young line officer in the bloody frontier skirmishes of the French and Indian War; it culminated in the role...


Transient and Permanent
Transient and Permanent

The Transcendentalist Movement and Its Contexts

Capper, Charles, Wright, Conrad Edick

Comprising twenty essays by leading scholars, this insightful collection provides the best recent writing on the Transcendentalists, the New England religious reformers and...


A Strife of Tongues
A Strife of Tongues

The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War

Maizlish, Stephen E.

Near the end of a nine-month confrontation preceding the Compromise of 1850, Abraham Venable warned his fellow congressmen that "words become things." Indeed, in politics—then...


Freedom Has a Face
Freedom Has a Face

Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia

von Daacke, Kirt

In his examination of a wide array of court papers from Albemarle County, a rural Virginia slaveholding community, Kirt von Daacke argues against the commonly held belief that...


The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
Peterson, Merrill D.

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...


New Views of New England
New Views of New England

Studies in Material and Visual Culture, 1680-1830

McNamara, Martha J., Barnhill, Georgia B.

Beautifully illustrated, this collection of essays will introduce the reader to a rich, surprising, thought-provoking, and entirely new view of early New England. Eleven essays...


Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

Draftsman of a Nation

Bober, Natalie S.

Thomas Jefferson’s was one of history’s greatest voices for the importance of individual freedom. His eloquence on this fundamental right became the cornerstone of our nation...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 8

January-March 1777

Washington, George, Twohig, Dorothy

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...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

March-December 1797

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W.

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-...


The Selected Papers of John Jay
The Selected Papers of John Jay

1782–1784

Lawrence, Amanda Reeser, Nuxoll, Elizabeth M.

This volume opens in June 1782 with the arrival of John Jay in Paris to join Benjamin Franklin in negotiation of the peace treaty with Great Britain. Exploring Jay’s...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

September 1789-January 1790

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W., Twohig, Dorothy

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...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, Volume 4

8 October 1802-15 May 1803

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

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...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison

1 March-30 September 1809

Madison, James, Rutland, Robert A., Mason, Thomas A., Brugger, Robert J., Jones, Susannah H., Sisson, Jeanne K., Teute, Fredrika J.

Edited by Robert A. Rutland and Thomas A. Mason

Presidential style is an important attribute for holders of the nation's highest office, but the first volume of James...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

January 1761-June 1767

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W., Twohig, Dorothy

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...


Sons of the Father
Sons of the Father

George Washington and His Protégés

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Whether acting as a military officer or civilian officeholder, George Washington did not possess a reputation for glad handing, easy confidences, or even much warmth. His...


The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson
The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson
Randolph, Sarah N.

This charmingly written record of the personal life of Thomas Jefferson is the work of Sarah N. Randolph, Jefferson's great-granddaughter. The volume deftly combines the...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison

13 October 1815-30 April 1816

Madison, James, Kreider, Angela, Stagg, J. C. A., Johnson, Mary Parke, Harbury, Katharine E., Colony, Anne Mandeville

The tenth volume of the Presidential Series covers the period from Madison’s return to Washington from Montpelier in October 1815 to the publication of the incendiary letters...


Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution
Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution
Rozbicki, Michal Jan

In his new book, Michal Jan Rozbicki undertakes to bridge the gap between the political and the cultural histories of the American Revolution. Through a careful examination of...


John Brown
John Brown

The Legend Revisited

Peterson, Merrill D.

Few figures hold as mythic a place in America's historical consciousness as John Brown. A fervent abolitionist, his New England reserve tempered by a childhood on the Ohio...


George Washington
George Washington

Pioneer Farmer

Fusonie, Alan

This volume provides a fresh historical focus on George Washington as a pioneer farmer actively engaged in a new approach to agriculture: one based on a more scientific...


The Insurgent Delegate
The Insurgent Delegate

Selected Letters and Other Writings of George Thatcher

diGiacomantonio, William C.

George Thatcher served as a U.S. representative from Maine throughout the Federalist Era (1789-1801)—the most critical and formative period of American constitutional history....


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 26

13 May–4 July 1780

Washington, George, Huggins, Benjamin L., Garbooshian-Huggins, Adrina

With volume 26 of the Revolutionary War Series, Gen. George Washington and his troops transition from the more static affairs of winter encampment to active operations that...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

April-June 1789

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W.

Volume 2 is concerned largely with Washington's inaugural jouney to New York and his initial activites as president upon his arrival. The documents, with annotations, chronicle...


The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
Mattern, David B., Shulman, Holly C.

From modest Quaker beginnings as the child of financially insecure parents and the wife of a stolid young lawyer to the excitement and challenges of life as the nation’s first...


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