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Contesting Slavery
Contesting Slavery

The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation

Hammond, John Craig, Mason, Matthew

Recent scholarship on slavery and politics between 1776 and 1840 has wholly revised historians’ understanding of the problem of slavery in American politics. Contesting...


The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson

1740-1766

Hutchinson, Thomas, Tyler, John W., Dubrulle, Elizabeth

Thomas Hutchinson was the leading spokesman in colonial America for opposition to the Revolutionary movement. His logical and cogent prose as well as the stature he gained...


The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
Kaminski, John P.

As the largest, oldest, and wealthiest of the original thirteen colonies, Virginia played a central role in the fight for independence and as a state in the new republic. This...


"Those Who Labor for My Happiness"
"Those Who Labor for My Happiness"

Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Stanton, Lucia C.

Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way...


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

Providing readers with the unusual opportunity to enter into the extraordinary mind of a patriot in the period immediately preceding the Revolution, the Portrait of a Patriot...


Satan and Salem
Satan and Salem

The Witch-Hunt Crisis of 1692

Ray, Benjamin C.

The result of a perfect storm of factors that culminated in a great moral catastrophe, the Salem witch trials of 1692 took a breathtaking toll on the young English colony of...


The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson

January-October, 1770

Hutchinson, Thomas, Tyler, John W., Hogan, Margaret A.

The Boston Massacre occasioned a flurry of letter writing for Thomas Hutchinson, the royal governor of Massachusetts. So frequent was the correspondence to and from Hutchinson...


The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America
The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America

March 4, 1789–March 3, 1791

Convening first in New York and later in Philadelphia from March 1789 to March 1791, these earliest iterations of the Senate and the House of Representatives worked with a new president to...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 22

1 August–21 October 1779

Washington, George, Huggins, Benjamin L.

Volume 22 of the Revolutionary War Series covers 1 Aug. through 21 Oct. 1779. As it begins, Washington is focused on expanding and strengthening the fortifications at West...


Jefferson on Display
Jefferson on Display

Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation

Wilson, G. S.

When we think of Thomas Jefferson, a certain picture comes to mind for some of us, combining his physical appearance with our perception of his character. During Jefferson’s...


Fashioning the New England Family
Alexander, Kimberly S.

As America’s first historical society, the Massachusetts Historical Society has collected family materials since 1791, including long-cherished pieces of clothing that were...


The Colonial Church Records of the First Church of Reading (Wakefield) and the First Church of Rumney Marsh (Revere)
The Colonial Church Records of the First Church of Reading (Wakefield) and the First Church of Rumney Marsh (Revere)
Cooper, James F., Minkema, Kenneth P.

Long dismissed as conventional and antiquarian, church records are actually unparalleled sources for historians offering information on a wide range of topics, such as the...


The Papers of Alexander Hamilton Digital Edition
The Papers of Alexander Hamilton Digital Edition

Killed before he was fifty in the most famous duel in American history, Alexander Hamilton had the shortest life of all the major founding fathers and experienced a career...


Brothers Born of One Mother
Brothers Born of One Mother

British–Native American Relations in the Colonial Southeast

LeMaster, Michelle

The arrival of English settlers in the American Southeast in 1670 brought the British and the Native Americans into contact both with foreign peoples and with unfamiliar gender...


The Papers of James Madison
The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 11

1 January 1806-31 May 1806

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

During the period covered by this volume, James Madison continued to deal with the United States' vexing relations with Europe. Mounting outrage against Great Britain's seizure...


Face Value
Face Value

The Consumer Revolution and the Colonizing of America

Carson, Cary

The Industrial Revolution was previously understood as having awakened an enormous, unquenchable thirst for material consumption. People up and down the social order had...


Building Charleston

Town and Society in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World

Hart, Emma

In the colonial era, Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest city in the American South. From 1700 to 1775 its growth rate was exceeded in the New World only by that of...


The Complete Colonial Gentleman
The Complete Colonial Gentleman

Cultural Legitimacy in Plantation America

Rozbicki, Michal Jan

The colonial plantation elite's persistent emulation of the British landed gentry has long intrigued American historians, who recently have insisted that the pursuit of this...


The Papers of Francis Bernard

Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760–1769

Bernard, Francis

British Regulars marched into Boston at midday on Saturday 1 October 1768. For weeks there had been rumors that the landing would be resisted. But by four in the afternoon the...


Founders Early Access
Founders Early Access

The Rotunda Founders Early Access project makes available for the first time thousands of unpublished documents from our nation’s founders in a free online resource. Conceived with the...


The Records of Kings Chapel, Boston
Bell, James B., Mooney, James E.

The story of the origins of the first Anglican congregation established in Boston and New England, Kings Chapel, is significantly shaped by the gradually emerging imperial...


The Papers of Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen
The Papers of Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen

One of the leading families of colonial South Carolina and the early republic, the Pinckneys of Charleston were witnesses to—and often active participants in—many of the defining customs and...


Remaking Custom
Remaking Custom

Law and Identity in the Early American Republic

Pearson, Ellen Holmes

History has largely forgotten the writings, both public and private, of early nineteenth-century America’s legal scholars. However, Ellen Holmes Pearson argues that the...


The Eighteenth Century Records of the Boston Overseers of the Poor
The Eighteenth Century Records of the Boston Overseers of the Poor
Nellis, Eric G., Cecere, Anne Decker

The Eighteenth-Century Records of the Boston Overseers of the Poor constitutes the collection of the earliest and most complete set of records pertaining to poor relief...


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