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The Papers of Francis Bernard

Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760–1769

Bernard, Francis

Governor Francis Bernard's historical reputation rests on his role in pushing the American colonists toward revolution. Bernard was the kind of government official without whom...


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


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...


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...


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...


White, Red, and Black

The Seventeenth-Century Virginian

Craven, Wesley Frank

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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...


New Orleans, the Founding Era
Greenwald, Erin M.

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The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 20

8 April-31 May 1779

Washington, George, Lengel, Edward G.

Volume 20 of the Revolutionary War Series covers 8 April to 31 May 1779. As it begins, Washington is gathering intelligence in preparation for a summer expedition...


Shaping the Body Politic
Shaping the Body Politic

Art and Political Formation in Early America

McInnis, Maurie D., Nelson, Louis P.

Traditional narratives imply that art in early America was severely limited in scope. By contrast, these essays collectively argue that visual arts played a critical role in...


Unnatural Rebellion
Unnatural Rebellion

Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution

Chopra, Ruma

Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized...


Early Modern Virginia
Early Modern Virginia

Reconsidering the Old Dominion

Bradburn, Douglas, Coombs, John C.

This collection of essays on seventeenth-century Virginia, the first such collection on the Chesapeake in nearly twenty-five years, highlights emerging directions in...


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 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...


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...


Tom Paine's America
Tom Paine's America

The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic

Cotlar, Seth

Tom Paine’s America explores the vibrant, transatlantic traffic in people, ideas, and texts that profoundly shaped American political debate in the 1790s. In 1789, when...


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...


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...


The Papers of Francis Bernard

Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760–1769

Bernard, Francis, Nicolson, Colin

As governor of colonial Massachusetts between 1760 and 1769, Francis Bernard was charged with shoring up British imperialism during the first period of sustained American...


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 Natural, Moral, and Political History of Jamaica, and the Territories thereon Depending
The Natural, Moral, and Political History of Jamaica, and the Territories thereon Depending

From the First Discovery of the Island by Christopher Columbus to the Year 1746

Knight, James, Greene, Jack P.

Between 1737 and 1746, James Knight—a merchant, planter, and sometime Crown official and legislator in Jamaica—wrote a massive two-volume history of the island. The first...


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