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The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

1 Oct. 1795–31 March 1796

Washington, George

Volume 19 of the Presidential Series (October 1795 through March 1796) features the final stages of the controversy about the 1794 Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation...


Guidebooks to Sin

The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans

Arceneaux, Pamela D.

[Book description not available]


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

1 April-21 September 1796

Washington, George, Hoth, David R., Ferraro, William M.

Throughout volume 20 of the Presidential Series, George Washington looked forward to retirement from public life, preparing a farewell address to announce his intention and...


Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England
Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England

The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838–1839

Coolidge, Ellen Wayles, Birle, Ann Lucas, Francavilla, Lisa A.

Ellen Wayles Coolidge arrived in London in June 1838 at the advent of Queen Victoria’s reign—the citizens were still celebrating the coronation. During her nine-month stay,...


After Virginia Tech
After Virginia Tech

Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Kapsidelis, Thomas P.

In what has become the era of the mass shooting, we are routinely taken to scenes of terrible violence. Often neglected, however, is the long aftermath, including the efforts...


Portrait of a Patriot
Portrait of a Patriot

The Major Political and Legal Papers of Josiah Quincy Junior

Quincy, Josiah, Jr., Coquillette, Daniel R., York, Neil Longley

The most unique and important of all early American law reports are those of Josiah Quincy Jr. (1744–1775). These are the first reports of continental America’s oldest court,...


Collateral Damage
Collateral Damage

Women Write about War

Mujica, Bárbara

From Homer to Tim O’Brien, war literature remains largely the domain of male writers, and traditional narratives imply that the burdens of war are carried by men. But women and...


The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer
The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer
Meltsner, Michael

"It was not until I arrived at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund that I learned my profession, how to work with colleagues and clients, and how it might feel to grow...


Amelioration and Empire

Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

Dierksheide, Christa

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in the British Caribbean and the American South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving hypocrites, thought...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 5

June-August 1776

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

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...


Across the Continent
Across the Continent

Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America

Onuf, Peter S., Hantman, Jeffrey L., Seefeldt, Douglas

An obscure undertaking in its own time, the Lewis and Clark expedition has grown in the American imagination, acquiring an almost mythic stature. Arriving as the country...


Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions
Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions
Newman, Simon P., Onuf, Peter S.

The enormous popularity of his pamphlet Common Sense made Thomas Paine one of the best-known patriots during the early years of American independence. His subsequent...


Slavery, Secession, and Southern History
Slavery, Secession, and Southern History
Paquette, Robert L., Ferleger, Louis A.

For generations, Civil War historians have debated the causes of our great national conflict. They have argued about the centrality of slavery to disunion, the nature of master...


The Limits of Optimism
The Limits of Optimism

Thomas Jefferson's Dualistic Enlightenment

Valsania, Maurizio

The Limits of Optimism works to dispel persistent notions about Jefferson’s allegedly paradoxical and sphinx-like quality. Maurizio Valsania shows that Jefferson’s...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

September 1758-December 1760

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W.

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...


Summer of Hate
Summer of Hate

Charlottesville, USA

Spencer, Hawes

In August 2017, violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during two days of demonstrations by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and counterprotesters, including members of...


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...


"Let a Common Interest Bind Us Together"
"Let a Common Interest Bind Us Together"

Associations, Partisanship, and Culture in Philadelphia, 1775–1840

Koschnik, Albrecht

After examining American society in 1831-32, Alexis de Tocqueville concluded, "In no country in the world has the principle of association been more successfully used or...


The True Geography of Our Country
The True Geography of Our Country

Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision

Kovarsky, Joel

A philosopher, architect, astronomer, and polymath, Thomas Jefferson lived at a time when geography was considered the "mother of all sciences." Although he published only a...


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...


The Papers of William Thornton
The Papers of William Thornton

Volume 1: 1781-1802

Thornton, William, Harris, C. M.

[Book description not available]


The South, The Nation, and The World
The South, The Nation, and The World

Perspectives on Southern Economic Development

Carlton, David L., Coclanis, Peter A.

Like the rest of British North America, the American South was "born capitalist." The slave plantation, then, was essentially a form of business enterprise like any other—...


Racism in American Public Life
Racism in American Public Life

A Call to Action

Cole, Johnnetta Betsch

For some in our society, diversity is a threat. Others feel society should be more inclusive, if only out of fairness. But as Johnnetta Cole argues in her new book, embracing...


Essays from the Edge
Essays from the Edge

Parerga and Paralipomena

Jay, Martin

Over his distinguished career as a European intellectual historian and cultural critic, Martin Jay has explored a variety of major themes: the Frankfurt School, the exile of...


The Nation's Nature
The Nation's Nature

How Continental Presumptions Gave Rise to the United States of America

Drake, James D.

In one of Common Sense’s most ringing phrases, Thomas Paine declared it "absurd" for "a continent to be perpetually governed by an island." Such powerful words, coupled...


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