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James Monroe, John Marshall, and

James Monroe, John Marshall, and "The Excellence of Our Institutions", 1817–1825: How Monroe’s Presidency Became "An Important Epoch in the History of the Civilized World"

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Peter J. Aschenbrenner
April 08, 2022

When James Monroe became president in March 1817, the United States urgently needed a national transportation system to connect new states and territories in the west with older states facing the eastern seaboard. In 1824, the Supreme Court declared that Congress had the power to regulate traffic ...

Redefining Irishness in a Coastal Maine City, 1770–1870 Bridget’s Belfast

Redefining Irishness in a Coastal Maine City, 1770–1870: Bridget’s Belfast

1st Edition

By Kay Retzlaff
November 19, 2021

Redefining Irishness in a Coastal Maine City, 1770–1870: Bridget's Belfast examines how Irish immigrants shaped and reshaped their identity in a rural New England community. Forty percent of Irish immigrants to the United States settled in rural areas. Achieving success beyond large urban centers ...

George W Bush Administration Propaganda for an Invasion of Iraq The Absence of Evidence

George W Bush Administration Propaganda for an Invasion of Iraq: The Absence of Evidence

1st Edition

By Larry Hartenian
April 29, 2021

Hartenian’s history of George W Bush propaganda for an invasion of Iraq returns the administration’s approach to its conceptual origins. Hartenian places "evidence" in the center of his analysis, showing that Rumsfeld’s "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" meant that no evidence was...

An Unfamiliar America Essays in American Studies

An Unfamiliar America: Essays in American Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Ari Helo, Mikko Saikku
November 13, 2020

This collection focuses on conceptions of the unfamiliar from the viewpoint of mainstream American history: aliens, immigrants, ethnic groups, and previously unencountered ideas and ideologies in Trumpian America. The book suggests bringing historical thinking back to the center of American Studies...

The Overseers of Early American Slavery Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise

The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise

1st Edition

By Laura R. Sandy
April 20, 2020

Enmeshed in the exploitative world of racial slavery, overseers were central figures in the management of early American plantation enterprises. All too frequently dismissed as brutal and incompetent, they defy easy categorisation. Some were rogues, yet others were highly skilled professionals, ...

Education and the Racial Dynamics of Settler Colonialism in Early America Georgia and South Carolina, ca. 1700–ca. 1820

Education and the Racial Dynamics of Settler Colonialism in Early America: Georgia and South Carolina, ca. 1700–ca. 1820

1st Edition

By James O’Neil Spady
February 21, 2020

This is the first historical monograph to demonstrate settler colonialism’s significance for Early America. Based on a nuanced reading of the archive and using a comparative approach, the book treats settler colonialism as a process rather than a coherent ideology. Spady shows that learning was a ...

A Brief History of the Subordination of African Americans in the U.S. Of Handcuffs and Bootstraps

A Brief History of the Subordination of African Americans in the U.S.: Of Handcuffs and Bootstraps

1st Edition

By Alexander Polikoff, Elizabeth Lassar
February 13, 2020

This "brief history" presents the essential story of the subordination of African Americans in the U.S., captured in a 1968 cartoon by Pulitzer-prize-winning cartoonist John Fischetti. The drawing is of a black man handcuffed to a wall with cuffs labeled "White Racism." The caption reads, "Why don’...

Perceptions of China and White House Decision-Making, 1941-1963 Spears of Promise, Shields of Truth

Perceptions of China and White House Decision-Making, 1941-1963: Spears of Promise, Shields of Truth

1st Edition

By Adam S.R. Bartley
November 28, 2019

This book assesses and evaluates the decision-making behavior of United States presidents and their chief advisers from Roosevelt to Kennedy pertaining to China. Seeking to dispel with the notion that each administration sought policy outcomes on the basis of a rational decision-making model, ...

Reagan’s “Boys” and the Children of the Greatest Generation U.S. World War II Memory, 1984 and Beyond

Reagan’s “Boys” and the Children of the Greatest Generation: U.S. World War II Memory, 1984 and Beyond

1st Edition

By Jonathan M. Bullinger
October 10, 2019

During the 1980s and 1990s, aging Baby Boomer parents constructed a particular type of memory as they attempted to laud their own parents’ wartime accomplishments with the label "The Greatest Generation." This book is the first to tell the entire story of this particular type of U.S. World War II ...

The Liberal Dilemma The Pragmatic Tradition in the Age of McCarthyism

The Liberal Dilemma: The Pragmatic Tradition in the Age of McCarthyism

1st Edition

By Jonathan Michaels
June 24, 2019

This volume explores the response of liberals to rightwing attacks during the Red Scare of the late 1940s and early 1950s, establishing it as a defensive approach aimed at warding off efforts to conflate liberalism with communism, but not at striking back at the opposing ideology of conservatism ...

The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War The Other Side of Vietnam

The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War: The Other Side of Vietnam

1st Edition

By Seth Offenbach
March 21, 2019

The Vietnam War was the central political issue of the 1960s and 1970s. This study by Seth Offenbach explains how the conflict shaped modern conservatism. The war caused disputes between the pro-war anti-communists right and libertarian conservatives who opposed the war. At the same time, Christian...

The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered Negotiating the Peripheries

The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries

1st Edition

Edited By Laura R. Sandy, Marie S. Molloy
February 05, 2019

Following the suggestion of the historian Peter Parish, these essays probe "the edges" of slavery and the sectional conflict. The authors seek to recover forgotten stories, exceptional cases and contested identities to reveal the forces that shaped America, in the era of "the Long Civil War," c...

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