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Coming to Terms with Democracy
Coming to Terms with Democracy

Federalist Intellectuals and the Shaping of an American Culture, 1800–1828

Foletta, Marshall

William Tudor, Willard Phillips, and Richard Henry Dana were not their fathers' Federalists. When these young New England intellectuals and their contemporaries attempted to...


Jefferson and the Rights of Man
Jefferson and the Rights of Man
Malone, Dumas

Dumas Malone’s classic six-volume biography Jefferson and His Time was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history and became the standard work on Jefferson’s life.

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A Young Virginia Boatman Navigates the Civil War
A Young Virginia Boatman Navigates the Civil War

The Journals of George Randolph Wood

Wood, George Randolph, Molineux, Will

George Randolph Wood filled several journal books with personal remembrances of life in nineteenth-century Hampton, Virginia; particularly of his experiences aboard river and...


The Education of Henry Adams
The Education of Henry Adams

A Centennial Version

Adams, Henry

Both a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and at the head of the Modern Library's list of the one hundred best English-language nonfiction books of the twentieth century, The...


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...


Peace and the Peacemakers
Peace and the Peacemakers

The Treaty of 1783

Hoffman, Ronald, Albert, Peter J.

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The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, Volume 5

February-December 1787

Washington, George, Twohig, Dorothy

The extensive correspondence regarding Shays' Rebellion and widespread alarm over the state of the Union continues in this volume, and there are the usual letters numbering in...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

January-June 1790

Washington, George, Twohig, Dorothy

Volume 5 covers the first half of 1790 and focuses on Washington's continued concentration on the problems facing the new government. North Carolina had ratified the...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 13

December 1777-February 1778

Washington, George, Chase, Philander D.

Volume 13 of the Revolutionary War Series documents a crucial portion of the winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, when the fate of Washington’s army hung in...


A Warring Nation
A Warring Nation

Honor, Race, and Humiliation in America and Abroad

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram

In this culminating work of a long and distinguished career, historian Bertram Wyatt-Brown looks at the theme of honor—a subject on which he was the acknowledged expert—and...


Confounding Father
Confounding Father

Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson stood out as the most controversial and confounding. Loved and hated, revered and reviled, during his lifetime he served as a...


"What Shall We Do with the Negro?"
"What Shall We Do with the Negro?"

Lincoln, White Racism, and Civil War America

Escott, Paul D.

Throughout the Civil War, newspaper headlines and stories repeatedly asked some variation of the question posed by the New York Times in 1862, "What shall we do with the negro...


Blood from the Sky
Blood from the Sky

Miracles and Politics in the Early American Republic

Jortner, Adam

In the decades following the Revolution, the supernatural exploded across the American landscape—fabulous reports of healings, exorcisms, magic, and angels crossed the nation....


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 James Madison
The Papers of James Madison

25 October 1813-30 June 1814

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

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 Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson
The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson
Betts, Edwin Morris

Thomas Jefferson was a prolific letter writer; it has been estimated that he wrote and received as many as fifty thousand letters. The letters here are not limited strictly to...


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

1788–1794

Lawrence, Amanda Reeser, Nuxoll, Elizabeth M.

Volume 5 opens with John Jay taking a leave of absence from his post as secretary for foreign affairs to serve as a delegate to the New York Ratifying Convention. Following Jay...


Navigating Neutrality
Navigating Neutrality

Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic

Moats, Sandra

Navigating Neutrality explores the unexpected role George Washington’s 1793 Neutrality Proclamation played in energizing the U.S. government’s constitutional...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 18

1 November 1778-14 January 1779

Washington, George, Lengel, Edward G.

Volume 18 of the Revolutionary War Series covers the period 1 November 1778 through 14 January 1779. It begins with George Washington at Fredericksburg, New York, watching New...


Yuletide in Dixie
Yuletide in Dixie

Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory

May, Robert E.

How did enslaved African Americans in the Old South really experience Christmas? Did Christmastime provide slaves with a lengthy and jubilant respite from labor and the whip,...


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...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, Volume 4

April 1786-January 1787

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

Volume Four spans the critical period between April 1786 and January 1787. Washington spent all of this period at home at Mount Vernon, managing and improving his estate. Yet...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

June-September 1789

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W.

Volume 3 covers most of the summer of 1789 and focuses primarily on the problems facing the new administration. Because of the president's serious illness during this period, a...


Experiencing Mount Vernon
Experiencing Mount Vernon

Eyewitness Accounts, 1784–1865

Lee, Jean B.

George Washington, acutely aware of the accomplishments and potential of the American Revolution, used his Mount Vernon estate both to preserve the memory of events that had...


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