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The Usufructuary Ethos
The Usufructuary Ethos

Power, Politics, and Environment in the Long Eighteenth Century

Drew, Erin

Who has the right to decide how nature is used, and in what ways? Recovering an overlooked thread of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century environmental thought, Erin Drew shows...


The Correspondence of William James
The Correspondence of William James

William and Henry July 1899-1901

James, William, Skrupskelis, Ignas K., Berkeley, Elizabeth M.

This ninth volume of a projected twelve continues the series of William James's correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues that was begun in Volume 4. Consisting of...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 19

15 January – 7 April 1779

Washington, George, Chase, Philander D., Ferraro, William M.

Volume 19 of the Revolutionary War Series documents Washington’s activities during the winter and early spring of 1779, when the bulk of his army was encamped at Middlebrook,...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, Volume 6

13 August-20 October 1776

Washington, George, Twohig, Dorothy

Volume 6 documents Washington's decisions and actions during the heart of the New York campaign--the period from late summer to early fall 1776 when his British opponent,...


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...


Feeling for the Poor
Feeling for the Poor

Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel

Betensky, Carolyn

What if the political work of Victorian social-problem novels was precisely to make the reader feel as if reading them—in and of itself—mattered? Surveying novels by Charles...


The Newark Earthworks
The Newark Earthworks

Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings

Jones, Lindsay, Shiels, Richard D.

Considered a wonder of the ancient world, the Newark Earthworks—the gigantic geometrical mounds of earth built nearly two thousand years ago in the Ohio valley--have been a...


The Correspondence of John Cotton Jr.
The Correspondence of John Cotton Jr.
McIntyre, Sheila, Travers, Len

John Cotton Jr. (1639–1699) was the second son of one of the most famous clergymen of New England’s founding generation. At the age of twenty-two, already the pastor of the...


Peak Experiences
Peak Experiences

Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need

Marshall, Ian

Nature’s ability to satisfy deep human needs is familiar to anyone who has hiked up a mountain, canoed a river, or hung a bird feeder outside the kitchen window. In Story Line...


After August
After August

Blues, August Wilson, and American Drama

Maley, Patrick

Critics have long suggested that August Wilson, who called blues "the best literature we have as black Americans," appropriated blues music for his plays. After August insists...


Shipbuilding in Colonial America
Shipbuilding in Colonial America
Goldenberg, Joseph A.

This is the first general survey of shipbuilding in colonial America. It is based extensively on original research of merchant papers, legislative and judicial records,...


The Madisons at Montpelier
The Madisons at Montpelier

Reflections on the Founding Couple

Ketcham, Ralph

Restored to its original splendor, Montpelier is now a national shrine, but before Montpelier became a place of study and tribute, it was a home. Often kept from it by the...


The Food Axis
The Food Axis

Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses

Cromley, Elizabeth C.

Blending architectural and social history with the necessity—and the passion—for food, this engaging new book attempts to understand the development of the American house by...


Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat

A Reader's Guide

Munro, Martin

Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), the novel born from Edwidge Danticat’s childhood in Haiti and immigration to New York City, was one of the great literary debuts of recent...


The Papers of George Washington
The Papers of George Washington

September 1798-April 1799

Washington, George, Abbot, W. W., Lengel, Edward G.

In the fall of 1798, Washington was immersed in the business of creating a military force to deal with the threat of an all-out war with France. A clash over Alexander Hamilton...


The Diaries of George Washington

1766-1770

Washington, George

Washington was rarely isolated from the world during his eventful life. His diary for 1751-52 relates a voyage to Barbados when he was nineteen. The next two accounts concern...


Accommodating Revolutions
Accommodating Revolutions

Virginia's Northern Neck in an Era of Transformations, 1760-1810

Tillson, Albert H., Jr.

Accommodating Revolutions addresses a controversy of long standing among historians of eighteenth-century America and Virginia—the extent to which internal conflict and...


The Moderates' Dilemma
The Moderates' Dilemma

Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia

Lassiter, Matthew D., Lewis, Andrew B.

In 1958, facing court-ordered integration, Virginia governor J. Lindsay Almond Jr. closed public schools in three cities, one of the first instances of the "massive resistance...


John Clemmer
John Clemmer

A Legacy in Art

Clemmer, David, Bonner, Judith H., Bradley, John Ed

Over his eight-decade career, John Clemmer (1921–2014) captivated curators, collectors, and casual art lovers alike with his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures....


Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1917
Nostalgia in Transition, 1780-1917
Austin, Linda M.

Referred to long ago as a "disease" of Swiss soldiers and Highland regiments far from home, nostalgia became known in the 1920s as more of a fleeting rather than debilitating...


A Storm over This Court
A Storm over This Court

Law, Politics, and Supreme Court Decision Making in Brown v. Board of Education

Hockett, Jeffrey D.

On the way to offering a new analysis of the basis of the Supreme Court’s iconic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Jeffrey Hockett critiques an array of theories...


Analogy and Design
Analogy and Design
Ponsi, Andrea

Analogical thought is fundamental to creativity. The use of analogy can help to solve problems, make connections between disciplines, and use those relations to form original...


How Borges Wrote
How Borges Wrote
Balderston, Daniel

A distinguished poet and essayist and one of the finest writers of short stories in world letters, Jorge Luis Borges deliberately and regularly altered his work by extensive...


Fictions of Whiteness
Fictions of Whiteness

Imagining the Planter Caste in the French Caribbean Novel

McCusker, Maeve

The Antilles remain a society preoccupied with gradations of skin color and with the social hierarchies that largely reflect, or are determined by, racial identity. Yet...


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