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Jefferson the President
Second Term, 1805-1809 Dumas Malone

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.Volume 5. Jefferson the President; Second Term, 1805–1809Covering the climax of Jefferson’s forty-year career, this fifth and penultimate... More


Jefferson the President
First Term, 1801-1805 Dumas Malone

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.Volume 4. Jefferson the President; First Term, 1801–1805Examining the first four years of Jefferson’s presidency, this volume provides a... More


Jefferson and the Rights of Man
Dumas Malone

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.Volume 2. Jefferson and the Rights of ManIn this second volume, Malone recounts the eventful middle years of Jefferson’s life, beginning with... More


Jefferson the Virginian
Dumas Malone. With a new introduction by Merrill D. Peterson

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. Volume 1. Jefferson the VirginianThis first volume explores the early phases of Jefferson’s life, from his youth, education, legal career,... More


The Sage of Monticello
Dumas Malone

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.Volume 6. The Sage of MonticelloThis final volume provides an all-encompassing account of Jefferson’s accomplishments, friendships, and... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 15 George Washington. Edited by Edward G. Lengel

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, New Jersey, strategically situated where the Watchung Mountains rise from the coastal plain in the middle of the state.... More


Nations, Markets, and War
Modern History and the American Civil War Nicholas Onuf and Peter S. Onuf

In this provocative interdisciplinary study, Nicholas and Peter Onuf argue that the American Civil War was the first great war between modern nations, emerging from the wreckage of a federal union that was supposed to secure perpetual peace.Situating conceptions of nationhood and war in the broader... More


Revolution in America
Considerations and Comparisons Don Higginbotham

Our nation has produced comparatively few statesmen since the eighteenth century--only Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt seem to clearly qualify--whereas the American Revolution elevated several of its key players to a status of the first political order. Even the shortest list must include... More


The Papers of James Madison
Secretary of State Series, vol. 72 April-31 August 1804 James Madison. Edited by David B. Mattern, J. C. A. Stagg, Ellen J. Barber, Anne Mandeville Colony, Angela Kreider, and Jeanne Kerr Cross

Volume 7 of the Presidential Series, covering the period between late October 1813 and June 1814, documents Madison's response to diplomatic developments and European military events affecting the course of the war between the United States and Great Britain. Early in 1814 the president accepted an... More


The Meaning of Independence
John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson Edmund S. Morgan

Americans did not at first cherish the idea of political severance from their mother country. In just a few years, however, they came to desire indepen-dence above all else. What brought about this change of feeling and how did it affect the lives of their citizens? To answer these questions,... More


Justice Curtis in the Civil War Era
At the Crossroads of American Constitutionalism Stuart Streichler

During a career as both a lawyer and a Supreme Court justice, Benjamin R. Curtis addressed practically every major constitutional question of the mid-nineteenth century, making judgments that still resonate in American law. Aside from a family memoir written by his brother over one hundred years... More


Lincoln's Tragic Admiral
The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont Kevin J. Weddle

Once revered as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont is now, when remembered at all, criticized for resisting technological advancement and for half-heartedly leading the disastrous all-ironclad Union naval attack on Charleston. Although his reputation... More


Entrepreneurs
The Boston Business Community, 1700–1850 Conrad E. Wright and Katheryn P. Viens

This volume broadens the scope of Boston business history by including essays on subjects such as 18th-century women shopkeepers and African American businessmen in the antebellum period along with writings focused on more traditional topics such as the China trade and the New England textile... More


The Papers of George Washington
January to May, 1793 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

In the period covered by volume 12, mid-January through May 1793, Washington completed his first term as president and began his second term with a modest inauguration ceremony. Washington continued his efforts to keep the United States out of the expanding European war between France and a... More


The Urban South and the Coming of the Civil War
Frank Towers

The role the rural South and its plantation system played in the secession of the Confederate states is well established, but historian Frank Towers contends that we should look just as closely at the South’s urban centers. An exemplary feat of research, The Urban South and the Coming of the Civil... More


Bitter Fruits of Bondage
The Demise of Slavery and the Collapse of the Confederacy, 1861–1865 Armstead L. Robinson. Introduction by Joseph P. Reidy

Bitter Fruits of Bondage is the late Armstead L. Robinson’s magnum opus, a controversial history that explodes orthodoxies on both sides of the historical debate over why the South lost the Civil War. Recent studies, while conceding the importance of social factors in the unraveling of the... More


Liberty Without Anarchy
A History of the Society of the Cincinnati Minor Myers, Jr.

Founded in May 1783 at Steuben’s headquarters near Newburg, N.Y., by officers of the Continental army and navy, the Society of the Cincinnati was at one time one of America’s most controversial organizations. In Liberty without Anarchy, Minor Myers relates how the officers, who had not been paid... More


The Papers of James Madison
10 July 1812 – 7 February 1813 James Madison. Edited by J. C. A. Stagg, Martha J. King, Ellen J. Barber, Anne Mandeville Colony, Angela Kreider, and Jewel L. Spangler

The Papers of James MadisonPresidential Series, Volume 510 July 1812–7 February 1813Edited by J. C. A. Stagg, Martha J. King, Ellen J. Barber, Anne Mandeville Colony, Angela Kreider, Jewel L. SpanglerVolume 5 of the Presidential Series covers the first seven months of the War of 1812, documenting... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 14 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 14 of the Revolutionary War Series opens on 1 March 1778 with Washington praising his troops for their "uncomplaining Patience during the scarcity of provisions in Camp" and exhorting them to persevere in the face of any "occasional" shortages that might yet occur. Indeed, the documents... More


John Brown
The Legend Revisited Merrill D. Peterson

Few figures hold as mythic a place in America's historical consciousness as John Brown. A fervent abolitionist, his New England reserve tempered by a childhood on the Ohio frontier, Brown advocated arming fugitive slaves to fight for their freedom, an idea that impressed Frederick Douglass, Ralph... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 13December 1777-February 1778 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

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 the balance. The volume begins with Washington’s soldiers hard at work erecting log huts to the general’s specifications and... More


The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
David B. Mattern and Holly C. Shulman

From modest Quaker beginnings as the child of financially insecure parents and the wife of a stolid young lawyer to the excitement and challenges of life as the nation’s first First Lady—arguably the most influential role in the American government’s formative years—Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-... More


Saving Monticello
The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built Marc Leepson

How a Jewish navy veteran and his descendants saved one of America's most recognizable architectural landmarks


The Papers of George Washington
August 1792-January 1 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 11, which covers the closing months of Washington's first presidential term, opens with Washington at Mount Vernon, tending to both public and private affairs. The implementation of a federal excise tax on domestically produced whiskey provoked opposition that became violent in western... More


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