Reflecting the best recent scholarship of Early America and the Early Republic, the articles in this collection study the many dimensions of American political history. The authors explore Native American interests and encounters with settlers, diplomatic endeavors, environmental issues, legal debates and practiced law, women's citizenship and rights, servitude and slavery and popular political activity. The geographical perspective is as expansive as the topical, with strong representation of trans-Atlantic and continental interests of many nations and peoples. The international and interdisciplinary perspectives illustrate the dynamic transformations of America during this era of settlement, conquest, development, revolution and nation building.
Contents: Introduction; The Indians' Old World: Native Americans and the coming of Europeans, Neal Salisbury ; 'This evil extends especially …the feminine sex': negotiating captivity in the New Mexico borderlands, James F. Brookes; King Philip's herds: Indians, colonists, and the problem of livestock in early New England, Virginia DeJohn Anderson; Women and property across colonial America: a comparison of legal systems in New Mexico and New York, Deborah A. Rosen; Taking possession and reading texts: establishing the authority of overseas empires, Patricia Seed; Reading the runaways: self-fashioning, print culture, and confidence in slavery in 18th-century mid-Atlantic, David Waldstreicher; 'Damned scoundrels' and 'libertisme of trade': freedom and regulation in colonial New York's fur and grain trades, Cathy Matson; 'Baubles of Britain': the American consumer revolutions of the 18th century, T.H. Breen; Patriarchy reborn: the gendering of authority in the evangelical Church in revolutionary New England, Susan M. Juster; Food rioters and the American Revolution, Barbara Clark Smith; Between slavery and freedom: Virginia blacks in the American Revolution, Sylvia R. Frey; John Adams, diplomat, John Ferling; Thinking like a constitution, Jack N. Rakove; 'Of every age sex and condition': the representation of women in the constitution, Jan Lewis; Slander, poison, whispers, and fame: Jefferson's 'Anas' and political gossip in the early republic, Joanne B. Freeman; Rites of rebellion, rites of assent: celebrations, print, culture and the origins of American nationalism, David Waldstreicher; Liberty, development, and union: visions of the West in the 1780s, Peter S. Onuf; Thinking and believing: nativism and unity in the ages of Pontiac and Tecumseh, Gregory E. Dowd; Name index.