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Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland
Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland

The Transatlantic Origins of American Democracy and Nationhood

Mattes, Armin

Notions of democracy and nationhood constitute the pivotal legacy of the American Revolution, but to understand their development one must move beyond a purely American context...


Slavery, Freedom, and Expansion in the Early American West
Hammond, John Craig

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...


State and Citizen
State and Citizen

British America and the Early United States

Thompson, Peter, Onuf, Peter S.

Pointing the way to a new history of the transformation of British subjects into American citizens, State and Citizen challenges the presumption that the early American...


The Work of the Heart
The Work of the Heart

Young Women and Emotion, 1780–1830

Blauvelt, Martha Tomhave

How did young American women construct and express their emotions between 1780 and 1830? Before Oprah and therapy, how did they reconcile society’s demanding and often...


Collegiate Republic
Collegiate Republic

Cultivating an Ideal Society in Early America

Sumner, Margaret

Collegiate Republic offers a compellingly different view of the first generation of college communities founded after the American Revolution. Such histories have...


The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family
The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family

The Tuckers of Virginia, 1752–1830

Hamilton, Phillip

In mid-April 1814, the Virginia congressman John Randolph of Roanoke had reason to brood over his family’s decline since the American Revolution. The once-sumptuous world of...


Rival Visions
Rival Visions

How Jefferson and His Contemporaries Defined the Early American Republic

Gish, Dustin, Bibby, Andrew

The emergence of the early American republic as a new nation on the world stage conjured rival visions in the eyes of leading statesmen at home and attentive observers abroad....


Jefferson's Empire
Jefferson's Empire

The Language of American Nationhood

Onuf, Peter S.

Thomas Jefferson believed that the American revolution was a transformative moment in the history of political civilization. He hoped that his own efforts as a founding...


Empires of the Imagination
Empires of the Imagination

Transatlantic Histories of the Louisiana Purchase

Kastor, Peter J., Weil, François

Empires of the Imagination takes the Louisiana Purchase as a point of departure for a compelling new discussion of the interaction between France and the United States...


Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy
Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy

Founding West Point

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Why did Thomas Jefferson, who claimed to abhor war and fear standing armies, in 1802 establish the United States Military Academy? For more than two centuries this question has...


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...


Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson

History, Memory, and Civic Culture

Taylor, Jan Ellen, Onuf, Peter S.

The publication of DNA test results showing that Thomas Jefferson was probably the father of one of his slave Sally Hemings's children has sparked a broad but often superficial...


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...


Thomas Jefferson's Lives
Thomas Jefferson's Lives

Biographers and the Battle for History

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Who was the "real" Thomas Jefferson? If this question has an answer, it will probably not be revealed reading the many accounts of his life. For two centuries biographers have...


The Queen of America
The Queen of America

Mary Cutts's Life of Dolley Madison

Cutts, Mary, Allgor, Catherine

For biographers and fans of Dolley Payne Todd Madison, Mary Cutts's memoir of her famous aunt has been indispensable. Because Madison left behind no account of her life, the...


Principle and Interest
Principle and Interest

Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt

Sloan, Herbert E.

In this acclaimed work, available here for the first time in paperback, Herbert E. Sloan examines Thomas Jefferson's complex and obsessive relationship to debt—its roles in his...


Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

Reputation and Legacy

Cogliano, Francis D.

In his probing new study, Francis Cogliano focuses on Thomas Jefferson’s relation to history, both as the context in which he lived, and as something he made considerable, and...


Patriotism and Piety
Patriotism and Piety

Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation

Den Hartog, Jonathan J.

In Patriotism and Piety, Jonathan Den Hartog argues that the question of how religion would function in American society was decided in the decades after the...


Distant Revolutions
Distant Revolutions

1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism

Roberts, Timothy Mason

Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism is a study of American politics, culture, and foreign relations in the mid-nineteenth century,...


Jefferson's Body
Jefferson's Body

A Corporeal Biography

Valsania, Maurizio

What did Thomas Jefferson look like? How did he carry himself? Such questions, reasonable to ask as we look back on a person who lived in an era before photography, are the...


Cosmopolitan Patriots
Cosmopolitan Patriots

Americans in Paris in the Age of Revolution

Ziesche, Philipp

This truly transnational history reveals the important role of Americans abroad in the Age of Revolution, as well as providing an early example of the limits of American...


Rome Reborn on Western Shores
Rome Reborn on Western Shores

Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic

Shalev, Eran

Rome Reborn on Western Shores examines the literature of the Revolutionary era to explore the ways in which American patriots employed the classics and to assess...


Revolutionary Negotiations
Revolutionary Negotiations

Indians, Empires, and Diplomats in the Founding of America

Sadosky, Leonard J.

Revolutionary Negotiations examines early American diplomatic negotiations with both the European powers and the various American Indian nations from the 1740s through...


Red Gentlemen and White Savages
Red Gentlemen and White Savages

Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier

Nichols, David Andrew

Red Gentlemen and White Savages argues that after the devastation of the American Revolutionary War, the main concern of Federalist and Indian leaders was not the...


Jeffersonians in Power
Jeffersonians in Power

The Rhetoric of Opposition Meets the Realities of Governing

Freeman, Joanne B., Neem, Johann N.

In the 1790s, the Jeffersonian Republicans were the party of "no." They opposed attempts to expand the government’s role in society, criticized the Washington administration’s...


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