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Review Index


Volume 14, Number 2.5: February, 2014
Richard A. Bailey
To Awaken the "Heathen": Shaping and Shaped by Religion
Linford D. Fisher, The Indian Great Awakening

Anthony Di Lorenzo
Culture Wars in the Early Republic
Amanda Porterfield, Conceived in Doubt
Eric R. Schlereth, An Age of Infidels

Kathleen Howard
Liberated Women in Antebellum Methodism
Lisa J. Shaver, Beyond the Pulpit

James S. Kabala
From Luther to Madison
Nicholas P. Miller, The Religious Roots of the First Amendment

Susan B. Ridgely
Sanctifying a Secular America
Eran Shalev, American Zion


Volume 14, Number 1.5: Winter, 2014
Daniel W. Crofts
Creating Two Nations
Robert J. Cook, William L. Barney, and Elizabeth R. Varon, Secession Winter

R. Darrell Meadows
The (Not So) Distant Kinship of Race, Family, and Law in the Struggle for Freedom
Rebecca J. Scott and Jean M. Hébrard, Freedom Papers
Sydney Nathans, To Free a Family
Mark Auslander, The Accidental Slaveowner

Michael D. Pierson
Shall We Forget What They Did Here?
Earl J. Hess, The Civil War in the West
Earl J. Hess, The Knoxville Campaign

Matthew Taylor Raffety
Men of Great Skill on Many Waters
Bland Simpson, Two Captains from Carolina


Volume 14, Number 1.5: November, 2013
Lydia Mattice Brandt
Introducing Artist, Architect, Collector, and Landscape Designer George Washington
Joseph Manca, George Washington's Eye

Katie Hemphill
Sex, Patriarchy, and the Liberal State
Mark E. Kann, Taming Passion for the Public Good

Whitney Martinko
Battlefields, Bodies, and the Built Environment
Thomas A. Chambers, Memories of War and Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation


Volume 14, Number 1: Fall, 2013
Angela Calcaterra
The Matter of Records
Andrew Newman, On Records

Woody Holton
Aliens
Thomas K. McCraw, The Founders and Finance

Octavian E. Robinson
And Then There Were Three: A New Generation of Scholarship in Deaf History
R.A.R. Edwards, Words Made Flesh


Volume 13, Number 4.5: August, 2013
Benjamin Cloyd
Imagining Confederate Victory: Different but the Same
CSA: The Confederate States of America,

Radiclani Clytus
Django Unchained: A Review
Django Unchained

Jonathan Beecher Field and Jan Rune Holmevik
Gaming the Revolution
Assassin's Creed 3

Melvyn Stokes
Abe Lincoln: Man! President! Vampire-slayer!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Volume 13, Number 4: Summer, 2013
Kyle Roberts
One Pilgrim's Progress
Catherine A. Brekus, Sarah Osborn's World

Christopher J. Lukasik
Encountering Daguerreotypy in America
Marcy J. Dinius. The Camera and the Press

Jonathan Senchyne
Between the Sheets
Alexandra Socarides, Dickinson Unbound

Joanne van der Woude
Who's Afraid of American Epic?
Nadia R. Altschul, Geographies of Philological Knowledge
Christopher N. Phillips, Epic in American Culture


Volume 13, Number 3.5: June, 2013
Jennifer L. Brady
Close Reading
Gillian Silverman, Bodies and Books

Rebecca Anne Goetz
Legally Free, Unable to Live Freely
Eva Sheppard Wolf, Almost Free

Jared Hardesty
The Law Could Make You Rich
Julie Winch, The Clamorgans


Volume 13, Number 3: Spring, 2013
Tyler Boulware
The Indians' Hidden World
Tom Arne Midtrød, The Memory of All Ancient Customs

John Haddad
Chinese Market; Global Trade
Eric Jay Dolin, When America First Met China

Lisa Rosner
Public Health and Public Good
Simon Finger, The Contagious City


Volume 13, Number 2.5: March, 2013
Joyce D. Goodfriend
The Distinctive Nature of Dutch Tolerance
Evan Haefeli, New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty

Glenda Goodman
Mozart in America
Dorothy T. Potter, Food for Apollo

Kristen Highland
The Things They Collected
"In Pursuit of a Vision" at the Grolier Club


Volume 13, Number 2: Winter, 2013
Scott Gac
The Difference in Musical Nationalism
Ann Ostendorf, Sounds American

Ross Mulcare
The Great American Question Mark
Paul W. Mapp, The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763

Douglas Shadle
The Orchestra as Social Utopia
Nancy Newman, Good Music for a Free People

David W. Stowe
How Americans Learned to Listen
Daniel Cavicchi, Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum


Volume 13, Number 1.5: November, 2012
Matthew Amato
Eyewitnessing and Slavery
Maurie D. McInnis, Slaves Waiting for Sale

Matthew J. Clavin
Slavery and the State
David F. Ericson, Slavery in the American Republic

Patrick Spero
Outsourced History
Chris DeRose, Founding Rivals

Kelly Wisecup
Routes and Revolutions
Christopher P. Iannini, Fatal Revolutions


Volume 13, Number 1: October, 2012
Joseph M. Adelman
A Transatlantic Culture of News?
Uriel Heyd, Reading Newspapers

Tara Bynum
The life of Phillis Wheatley, finally!
Vincent Carretta, Phillis Wheatley

Randall Lewis
Death of a Memory: Robert Booth's Search for Salem's Forgotten Commercial Past
Robert Booth, Death of an Empire

Justine S. Murison
Comfortable in our Unbelief?
John Lardas Modern, Secularism in Antebellum America


Volume 12, Number 4.5: September, 2012
Marcy J. Dinius
Fakebooks
Lara Langer Cohen, The Fabrication of American Literature

Alison Games
Legal Cultures of Early America
Elaine Forman Crane, Witches, Wife Beaters, & Whores

Samuel Graber
Containing Multitudes: The Biography of a Book
David S. Reynolds, Mightier than the Sword

John Lardas Modern
White light (goin' messin' up my mind)
Charles Colbert, Haunted Visions: Spiritualism and American Art.

Julia A. Sienkewicz
Reconsidering Identity in the Early American Republic
Kariann Akemi Yokota, Unbecoming British


Volume 12, Number 4: July, 2012
James Alexander Dun
Atlantic Thermidor
Ashli White, Encountering Revolution
Matthew J. Clavin, Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War

Aaron W. Marrs
Like an Arrow from Jupiter's Bow: Railroads and the Civil War
William G. Thomas, The Iron Way

Bryce Traister
Experiments with God
Sarah Rivett, The Science of the Soul in Colonial New England

Rachel Wheeler
Deist Holy War?
Adam Jortner, The Gods of Prophetstown


Volume 12, Number 3.5: May, 2012
Review by Lynne Zacek Bassett
Frenchified Fashions and Republican Simplicity
Kate Haulman, The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America

Review by Christian J. Koot
Excavating the American Past
Daniel K. Richter, Before the Revolution

Review by Michael A. McDonnell
Imagining a Democracy
Steven Wilf, Law's Imagined Republic

Review by Emily Pawley
Landscape with Figures
Andrea Wulf, Founding Gardeners

Review by Kelly Ross
Nervous Americans
Justine Murison, The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature


Volume 12, Number 3: April, 2012
George W. Boudreau
Making the Nation
Benjamin H. Irvin, Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty

Carl Robert Keyes
Single Men in Early America
John Gilbert McCurdy, Citizen Bachelors

Alison L. LaCroix
The Labor Theory of Empire
Craig Yirush, Settlers, Liberty, and Empire

Jonathan Prude
New Terrains
Christopher J. Lukasik, Discerning Characters
David Jaffee, A New Nation of Goods.

Ezra Tawil
Cato's Literatures?
Sandra M. Gustafson, Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic


Volume 12, Number 2.5: February, 2012
Review by Chad Anderson
North America's "Big Bang"
Timothy Pauketat, Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi.

Review by Simon P. Newman
Mapping the Transatlantic Slave Trade
David Eltis and David Richardson, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Review by Sheila L. Skemp
An Enduring Partnership
Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, Madison and Jefferson


Volume 12, Number 2: January, 2012
Matthew Bowman
The Lincoln We Hope For
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

J. I. Little
The Not-So-Civil War
Alan Taylor, The Civil War of 1812

Review by Johann N. Neem
Between Demo and Aristo: Civil Society and the "Revolutionary Settlement" in New York's Columbia County
John L. Brooke, Columbia Rising


Volume 12, Number 1.5: December, 2011
Review by Edward Larkin
Loyalist Diaspora
Maya Jasanoff, Liberty's Exiles

Review by M.M. Lovell
Of Food and Space
Elizabeth Collins Cromley, The Food Axis

Review by Catherine O'Donnell
"But, That's Just Not True!"
Ellen Bryson, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno


Volume 12, Number 1: October, 2011
Review by Thomas Allen
Victoria Complex
Elisa Tamarkin, Anglophilia

Review by David Jaffee
Revisiting the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Review by Catherine McNeur
The Ink of History
"Skin and Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor," Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia. Curator: Craig Bruns.

Review by Akela Reason
Of Indians and Empire
William H. Truettner, Painting Indians and Building Empires in North America, 1710-1840

Review by Martha Elena Rojas
Vying for Sovereignty: Exchange, Negotiation, Law
Joseph M. Hall Jr., Zamumo's Gifts
Leonard J. Sadosky, Revolutionary Negotiations
Lisa Ford, Settler Sovereignty


Volume 11, Number 4.5: September, 2011
Review by Douglas R. Egerton
A Bell Crack'd
Gary B. Nash, The Liberty Bell

Review by Hannah Farber
Enlightenment in the Margins
"The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Library"

Review by Jason D. LaFountain
Deceiving and Undeceiving in Early American Art and Culture
Wendy Bellion, Citizen Spectator


Volume 11, Number 4: July, 2011
Review by Douglas Anderson
Love Colony on Prospect Hill
Richard Francis, Fruitlands

Review by Christine LaHue
America's First Flash Mob: The Boston Tea Party
Benjamin Carp, Defiance of the Patriots

Review by Brian Schoen
Freedom in Degrees
Edlie L. Wong, Neither Fugitive nor Free


Volume 11, Number 3.5: June, 2011
Review by Lawrence A. Peskin
Our Capitalistic Founder
Robert Martello, Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn

William Huntting Howell
What we talk about when we talk about letters
Konstantin Dierks, In My Power

Review by Jen Manion
On the margins of the margin
Serena Zabin, Dangerous Economies


Volume 11, Number 3: April, 2011
Review by Ken Albala
What does barbecue tell us about race?
Andrew Warnes, Savage Barbecue

Review by Walter Hawthorne
African Foods and the Making of the Americas
Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff. In the Shadow of Slavery

Review by Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor
From Cookery to Chemistry
Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery

Review by Peter C. Herman
Smoke on the Water
Marcy Norton, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures


Volume 11, Number 2.5: March, 2011
Review by Paul Erickson
Populism! Yeah? Yeah!!
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Review by Christina L. Davis
The Myth of Universal Education
Hilary J. Moss, Schooling Citizen

Review by Stephen Campbell
Money Matters
Robert E. Shalhope, The Baltimore Bank Riot

Michelle Craig McDonald
"Go West, Young Man … Far, Far West"
James Fichter, So Great a Proffit

Sean H. Vanatta
Rest Assured
Sharon Ann Murphy, Investing in Life


Volume 11, Number 2: January, 2011
Review by Jonathan M. Chu
Dividing Sovereignty, Inventing American Federalism
Alison L. LaCroix, The Ideological Origins of American Federalism

Review by John Ruddiman
To Captivate, Kill, or Destroy
Bernard Cornwell, The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

Review by Thomas M. Truxes
The Age of Revolution in an Atlantic Context
Wim Klooster, Revolutions in the Atlantic World


Volume 11, Number 1.5: December, 2010
Review by
Wendy Lucas Castro

For the Want of
a Good Hat

Ann M. Carlos and Frank D. Lewis, Commerce by a Frozen Sea

Review by
Craig Thompson Friend

"The man that isn't jolly after drinking is just a driveling idiot, to my thinking"
Richard Stott, Jolly Fellows

Review by
Sarah J. Purcell

Speaking and Listening
Carolyn Eastman, A Nation of Speechifiers


Volume 11, Number 1: October, 2010
Review by Stephen Aron
The French Connection
Jay Gitlin, The Bourgeois Frontier

Review by Ralph Bauer
Alchemical Errand into the Wilderness
Walter W. Woodward, Prospero's America

Review by Carol Faulkner
The Fertility Revolution
Susan Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions

Review by Matthew Mason
Commonplace Conclusions on the Revolution and Bondage
Peter A. Dorsey, Common Bondage

Review by Margot Minardi
Beyond Crispus Attucks
Douglas R. Egerton, Death or Liberty


Volume 10, Number 4.5: September, 2010
Review by Rachel Chaney
Wandering (White) Souls
S. Scott Rohrer, Wandering Souls

Review by Paul Erickson
Financial Fictions:
Paper Money and Antebellum Sensationalism

David Anthony, Paper Money Men

Review by Evan Lampe
Reappraising Western History through Empire
Gray H. Whaley, Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee


Volume 10, Number 4: July, 2010
Review by Charles R. Foy
Reorienting Bermuda's place in the eighteenth-century Atlantic
Michael J. Jarvis, In the Eye of All Trade

Review by Nichole George
Boston's revolution
Richard Archer, As If an Enemy's Country

Review by James J. Gigantino II
Unknown beginnings: Slavery in the North
C. S. Manegold, Ten Hills Farm


Volume 10, Number 3.5: May, 2010
Review by Williamjames Hull Hoffer
Collective Sovereignty? The Contested Early History of U.S. Constitutionalism
Christian G. Fritz, American Sovereigns
Review by Ariel Ron
Misadventures of the Counter Jumper
Brian P. Luskey, On the Make

Review by Matthew Vaz
Time, Trust and Exchange in the American Pawnshop
Wendy Woloson, In Hock


Volume 10, Number 3: April, 2010
Review by Dave Beyreis
Capitalists of the Caribbean
Peter T. Leeson, The Invisible Hook

Review by Catherine S. Cangany
Concord on the Michigan Frontier
James Z. Schwartz, Conflict on the Michigan Frontier

Review by R.S. Taylor Stoermer
The First People in the Province
Emory G. Evans, A "Topping People"

Review by Lynda Yankaskas
Building Baltimore in Black and White
Seth Rockman, Scraping By


Volume 10, Number 2.5: March, 2010
Review by Matthew R. Bahar
Paradise Lost, a Republic Gained
Kevin Kenny, Peaceable Kingdom Lost

Review by Brian P. Luskey
The Motivational Revolution
J. M. Opal, Beyond the Farm

Review by Amanda Taylor-Montoya
Local Politics, Far-Reaching Consequences
Brian DeLay, War of a Thousand Deserts


Volume 10, Number 2: January, 2010
Review by Elizabeth Kelly Gray
Think Globally, Reform Locally
Timothy Mason Roberts, Distant Revolutions

Review by Barton A. Myers
Civil War Guerrillas: The Main Event
Daniel E. Sutherland, A Savage Conflict

Review by Anne G. Myles
The Manly World of Love and Ritual
Richard Godbeer, The Overflowing of Friendship

Review by Robert E. Wright
A Droll Take on the Troll
Jeffrey H. Matsuura, Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls


Volume 10, Number 1.5: December, 2009
Review by Gabrielle M. Lanier
The City as Lived
Dell Upton, Another City

Review by Gautham Rao
Out of Sight, But on the Horizon:
The Secret Life of the American Nation-State

Brian Balogh, A Government Out of Sight

Review by Daniel Vitkus
Celebrating English Proto-Imperialism
Alison Games, The Web of Empire


Volume 10, Number 1: October, 2009
Review by Corey Brooks
War of Words
Elizabeth R. Varon, Disunion!

Review by Michael A. LaCombe
Connecting the Dots: Mapping, Mediating Figures, and Intercultural Relationships in Early America
Cynthia Van Zandt, Brothers among Nations

Review by Gregory Nobles
The Ornithological Indian
Shepard Krech III, Spirits of the Air: Birds and American Indians in the South. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 2009. xvi + 245 pp., $44.95.

Review by Samuel J. Redman
Death's Multiple Meanings
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering

Review by Tim Roberts
The French Origins of American Perceptions of Violence
Rachel Hope Cleves, Reign of Terror in America


Volume 9, Number 4.5: September, 2009
Review by Amanda Bowie Moniz
The Unwanted Rise of America's Voluntary Tradition
Johann N. Neem, Creating a Nation of Joiners

Review by Corey Capers
Visualizing Freedom
Michael A. Chaney, Fugitive Vision

Review by April Rose Haynes
Counterproductions
Donna Dennis, Licentious Gotham


Volume 9, Number 4: July, 2009
Review by Honor Sachs
A Lost Cause
Kevin T. Barksdale, The Lost State of Franklin

Spencer Snow
Diasporic to Hegemonic
Leonard Tennenhouse, The Importance of Feeling English

Review by Serena Zabin
Capitalism at the Kitchen Table
Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, The Ties That Buy


Volume 9, Number 3.5: June, 2009
Review by Wim Klooster
Acquiring a Taste for Defiance
Thomas M. Truxes, Defying Empire

Review by W. Bryan Rommel-Ruiz
Reaping the Bounty of Death
Vincent Brown, The Reaper's Garden

Review by Mark Schmeller
Newspapers and the Cant of Civility
Marcus Daniel, Scandal and Civility


Volume 9, Number 3: April, 2009
Review by Thomas Augst
The Asylum as a Literary Institution
Benjamin Reiss, Theaters of Madness

Review by David Greven
Emotional Labors
Martha Tomhave Blauvelt, The Work of the Heart

Review by Robb K. Haberman
Poetry over Politics
Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan, Men of Letters in the Early Republic

Review by Martha Elena Rojas
Reading the Ocean with a Mariner's Eye
Hester Blum, The View from the Masthead


Volume 9, Number 2: January, 2009
Review by Gordon Sayre
A French-Canadian View of North American Cartography
Litalien, Palomino, and Vaugeois, eds. Mapping a Continent

Review by Erik J. Chaput
Reform and Reaction: Populism in Early America
Ronald P. Formisano, For the People

Review by Elizabeth Kelly Gray
The Deep and Deeper South
Matthew Pratt Guterl, American Mediterranean

Review by Meredith Neuman
Puritan History in the Present Tense
Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates

Review by Robert G. Parkinson
On Print and Polemics
Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print


Volume 9, Number 1: October, 2008
(no reviews)


Volume 8, Number 4: July, 2008
Review by Erik J. Chaput
Sibling Rivalry in Early America
Charles Rappleye, Sons of Providence

Review by Mark A. Nicholas
A Whale of a Book
Eric Jay Dolin. Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

Review by Michael Leroy Oberg
The Jamestown Project
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, The Jamestown Project

Review by J. M. Opal
Freedom from High Federalism
Edward J. Larson, A Magnificent Catastrophe

Review by Herbert Sloan
Aaron Burr Redivivus
Nancy Isenberg, Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr


Volume 8, Number 3: April, 2008
Review by Erik J. Chaput
Sibling Rivalry in Early America
Charles Rappleye, Sons of Providence

Review by Mark A. Nicholas
A Whale of a Book
Eric Jay Dolin. Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

Review by Michael Leroy Oberg
The Jamestown Project
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, The Jamestown Project

Review by J. M. Opal
Freedom from High Federalism
Edward J. Larson, A Magnificent Catastrophe

Review by Herbert Sloan
Aaron Burr Redivivus
Nancy Isenberg, Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr


Volume 8, Number 2: January, 2008
Review by Thomas J. Humphrey
Race, Class, and Upheaval in Revolutionary Virginia
Michael A. McDonnell, The Politics of War

Review by J. I. Little
Resisting State Authority on Passamaquoddy Bay
Joshua M. Smith, Borderland Smuggling

Review by Sharon Ann Murphy
Bread and Butter Activism
Joshua R. Greenberg, Advocating the Man

Review by Richard Newman
Print the (New) Legend!
Jeannine Marie DeLombard, Slavery on Trial

Review by Carl J. Richard
Early American Women and the Classics
Caroline Winterer, The Mirror of Antiquity

Review by Manisha Sinha
The Inhumanity of Slavery
David Brion Davis, Inhuman Bondage


Volume 8, Number 1: October, 2007
Review by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Searching for Love and Security across the Color Line
Martha Hodes, The Sea Captain’s Wife

Review by Peter C. Mancall
Jamestown ®
William M. Kelso, Jamestown: The Buried Truth

Review by Carla Gardina Pestana
The Obsessive Richard Hakluyt
Peter C. Mancall, Hakluyt’s Promise

Review by John Howard Smith
"Can Two Walk Together, Except They Be Agreed?"
Chris Beneke, Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism

Review by Lynda Yankaskas
The Female Reader as Civic Actor
Mary Kelley, Learning to Stand and Speak

Review by Michael Zakim
Leather Steaks and Indigestible Pies
Wendy Gamber, The Boardinghouse in Nineteenth Century America


Volume 7, Number 4: July, 2007
Review by Elizabeth Urban Alexander
"He said I must": Rape, Race, and Social Class in Early America
Sharon Block, Rape & Sexual Power in Early America

Review by Richard R. John
Where in the World is the United States?
Thomas Bender, A Nation Among Nations

Review by Robert E. Wright
Finally, a New Paradigm
Saul Cornell, A Well-Regulated Militia


Volume 7, Number 3: April, 2007
(no reviews)


Volume 7, Number 2: January, 2007
Review by April Lee Hatfield
Quapaw Diplomacy and Osage Empire
Kathleen DuVal, The Native Ground

Review by Sean Patrick Adams
Taxing the House Divided
Robin L. Einhorn, American Taxation

Review by Christian J. Koot
Another Revolution in Need of Revising
Russell R. Menard, Sweet Negotiations

Review by Hilary Moss
Enslaved Bodies, Enslaved Selves
Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Birthing a Slave

Review by Brian Phillips Murphy
Before the Apple Ripened
Robert E. Wright, The First Wall Street

Review by Jeffrey Robert Young
Listening to the Evidence of the African American Slave Experience
Shane White and Graham White, The Sounds of Slavery


Volume 7, Number 1: October, 2006
Review by Douglas R. Egerton
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
Jill Lepore, New York Burning

Review by Christa Dierksheide
Undermining an Empire
Adam Hochschild, Bury the Chains

Review by James Fichter
Capitalism and Econometrics in Early American Economic History
Cathy Matson, ed., The Economy of Early America

Review by Watson Jennison
The Life of Prince Mortimer (in Brief)
Denis R. Caron, A Century in Captivity


Volume 6, Number 4: July, 2006
Review by Peter C. Baldwin
When Night was Dark
A. Roger Ekirch, At Day’s Close

Review by Warren R. Hofstra
Old Wealth, Common Wealth
Sean Patrick Adams, Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth

Review by Jeff Broadwater
Whose Failure?
Bruce Ackerman, The Failure of the Founding Fathers

Review by Matthew Pinsker
Imperialists in Denial
Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton, The Dominion of War


Volume 6, Number 3: April, 2006
(no reviews)


Volume 6, Number 2: January, 2006
Review by Wendy Bellion
Exhuming Peale
David C. Ward, Charles Willson Peale

Review by Peter Charles Hoffer
Swift but Uncertain Justice
Irene Quenzler Brown and Richard D. Brown, The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler

Review by Leslie Choquette
Sometimes a Chair is Only a Chair
Neil Kamil, Fortress of the Soul

Review by Andrew Shankman
The Revolution Heard Round the World
Eliga H. Gould and Peter S. Onuf, eds. Empire and Nation


Volume 6, Number 1: October, 2005
Review by Kathleen Curtin
Beyond Baked Beans
Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald, America’s Founding Food

Review by Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor
Enduring Independence
Carol Berkin, Revolutionary Mothers

Review by Gregory Nobles
Bovine Invaders, Porcine Imperialists
Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Creatures of Empire

Review by Akela Reason
"They Had Faces Then"
Margaretta M. Lovell, Art in a Season of Revolution


Volume 5, Number 4: July, 2005
Review by Gretchen A. Adams
Hunting Witches . . . Responsibly
Richard Godbeer, Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692

Review by Joshua R. Greenberg
Mechanized Language and Class Formation
Stephen P. Rice, Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America

Review by Kim M. Gruenwald
Along the Beaten Path in Early Kentucky
Craig Thompson Friend, Along the Maysville Road: The Early American Republic in the Trans-Appalachian West

Review by Suzanne Cooper Guasco
The Not-So-Unfamiliar Jefferson
Andrew Burstein, Jefferson’s Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello


Volume 5, Number 3: April, 2005
Review by Michael LaCombe
The Atlantic World Turned Upside Down
Carla Gardina Pestana, The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640-1661

Review by Johann N. Neem
Looking for Politics in All the Right Places
Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher, eds., Beyond the Founders

Review by Michael Hoeflich
Legal History and Material Culture of the Law
Martha J. McNamara, From Tavern to Courthouse: Architecture & Ritual in American Law, 1685-1860

Review by Kathleen W. Jones
Childhood Then and Now
Steven Mintz, Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood


Volume 5, Number 2: January, 2005
(no reviews)


Volume 5, Number 1: October, 2004
Review by Thomas J. Brown
The Simple Life?
Sterling Delano, Brook Farm: The Dark Side of Utopia

Review by Matt D. Childs
Captors to Captives to Christians to Calabar
Randy J. Sparks, The Two Princes of Calabar

Review by Catherine Molineux
Race and Citizenship in Early New England
John Wood Sweet, Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730-1830

Review by Margaretta M. Lovell
Adding Food to Business History and Urban History
Helen Tangires, Public Markets and Civic Culture in Nineteenth-Century America


Volume 4, Number 4: July, 2004
Stephen Mihm Accept No Imitations
Tom Rea The Pathfinder’s Lost Instruments
Joanna Brooks Samson Occom at the Mohegan Sun
For columns and reviews see the table of contents for this issue


Volume 4, Number 3: April, 2004
Review by David D. Hall
Re-reading William Bradford
Douglas Anderson, William Bradford’s Books: Of Plimmoth Plantation and the Printed Word

Review by Brendan McConville
Meanings Foul . . . and Fair
Anthony S. Parent Jr., Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740

Review by Laura Rigal
Local Haunts
Judith Richardson, Possessions, The History and Uses of Haunting in the Hudson Valley

Review by John Howard Smith
One Great Conversation
E. Brooks Holifield, Theology in America

Review by Daniel Usner
Their Stories Are Our Story
Colin G. Calloway, One Vast Winter Count


Volume 4, Number 2: January, 2004
(no reviews)


Volume 4, Number 1: October, 2003
Brian Cowan
Coffee and the Baroque Noir Novel
Review of The Coffee Trader by David Liss

John E. Crowley
Alcoholic License
Review of Taverns and Drinking in Early America by Sharon V. Salinger

Cornelia Hughes Dayton
Getting Beyond "Who Done It"
Review of Killed Strangely by Elaine Forman Crane

Daniel W. Howe
The Enduring Emerson
Review of Emerson by Lawrence Buell

James E. Lewis Jr.
A Story So Immense
Review of A Wilderness So Immense by Jon Kukla

David Waldstreicher
Redressing Early America
Review of What Clothes Reveal by Linda Baumgarten


Volume 3, Number 4: July, 2003
Peter C. Baldwin
Engendering the City
Review of Reforming Men and Women by Bruce Dorsey

Andrew R. L. Cayton
Olympia’s Gaze
Review of Amsterdam by Geert Mak and Paris by Patrice Higonnet

Paul A. Gilje
Gangs, the Five Points, and the American Public
Review of Gangs of New York, Gangs of Chicago, and Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury and Five Points by Tyler Anbinder


Volume 3, Number 3: April, 2003
Jennifer Baker
An American Dunciad
Review of The Devil and Doctor Dwight by Colin Wells

Allan Kulikoff
Farmers, Tenants, and Capitalists
Review of Farm, Shop, Landing by Martin Bruegel

Michael Leroy Oberg
The View from Indian Country
Review of Facing East from Indian Country by Daniel K. Richter

Benjamin Reiss
Black Shakespeareans in Old New York
Review of Stories of Freedom in Black New York by Shane White

Timothy J. Shannon
A Redesigned Pontiac for the Twenty-First Century
Review of War under Heaven by Gregory Evans Dowd


Volume 3, Number 2: January, 2003
Carol Karlsen
Devils in the Shape of Good Men
Review essay: In the Devil's Snare by Mary Beth Norton and a Half-Century of Writing on New England Witchcraft

Amy S. Greenberg
Hearing History
Review of Listening to Nineteenth-Century America by Mark Smith

William Pencak
When Did the American Revolution Begin?
Review of The First American Revolution by Ray Raphael

Jennifer M. Spear
Borderlands Bondage
Review of Captives and Cousins by James F. Brooks


Volume 3, Number 1: October, 2002
Stephen Aron
Continental Visions
Review of American Colonies by Alan Taylor

Joseph Hall
The Great Indian Slave Caper
Review of The Indian Slave Trade by Alan Gallay

Susan E. Klepp
Sex and the Sources
Review of Sexual Revolution in Early America by Richard Godbeer

Brendan McConville
Bad Guys and Good Guys
Review of Breaking Loose Together by Marjoleine Kars

Richard Newman
A Founder of Color
Review of A Gentleman of Color by Julie Winch


Volume 2, Number 4: July, 2002
Woody Holton
Lionizing the Beard
Re-reading of An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States by Charles A. Beard

John P. Kaminski
Madison's Gift
Review of Notes of Debates on the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison

John W. Quist
Slavery's Contingent Conclusion
Review of Final Freedom by Michael Vorenberg

Herbert Sloan
Fragments of the True Cross
Re-reading of The Founders' Constitution, edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner

Keith E. Whittington
"The Constitution Must Be Looked into by the Judges"
Review of John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court by R. Kent Newmyer


Volume 2, Number 3: April, 2002
Joyce E. Chaplin
Habeas Corpus?
Review of A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America, Janet Moore Lindman and Michele Lise Tarter, eds.

Jim Egan
Who's the Real Indian?
Review of Writing Indians by Hilary E. Wyss

Matthew Rainbow Hale
Taking it Personally
Review of Affairs of Honor by Joanne B. Freeman

Daniel Richter
The Imperial Virus
Review of Pox Americana by Elizabeth Fenn


Volume 2, Number 2: January, 2002
Gordon Sayre
Explorers and Travelers
Review of Return Passages by Larzer Ziff and The La Salle Expedition to Texas ed. by William C. Foster

Eric Hinderaker
Still Life with Empire
Review of Peoples and Empires by Anthony Pagden, Empire and Order by James Muldoon, and The Ideological Origins of the British Empire by David Armitage

Albrecht Koschnik
Sense and Sympathy
Review of American Sympathy by Caleb Crain


Volume 2, Number 1: October, 2001
Ann Marie Plane
Searching for Self
Review of Teach Me Dreams by Mechal Sobel

James Kessenides
The Visible Public
Review of City Reading by David M. Henkin

Mark M. Smith
Investigating Patrollers
Review of Slave Patrols by Sally E. Hadden

Rebecca J. Tannenbaum
Midwife Tales
Review of The Dumb Shall Sing, The Blind in Darkness, and The Sea Hath Spoken by Stephen Lewis


Volume 1, Number 4: July, 2001
Kathleen Brown
Americans on the James
Re-reading American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan

Walter Johnson
A Nettlesome Classic Turns Twenty-Five
Re-reading Roll, Jordan, Roll by Eugene D. Genovese

Judith Jackson Fossett
Slaves You Have Never Seen
Review of Slaves on Screen by Natalie Zemon Davis

Sally Hadden
Searching for Identities in the New Orleans Slave Market
Review of Soul by Soul by Walter Johnson


Volume 1, Number 3: March, 2001
Josh Brown
The Past Impaneled
Review of The Jew of New York by Ben Katchor, and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Kristina Bross
Hannibal the Cannibal
Review of Hannibal, the book by Thomas Harris and the movie by Ridley Scott

Philip Morgan
To Market, To Market . . .
Review of From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers by Allan Kulikoff

Edward Countryman
A Gothic Tale of Revolutionary Amerika
Review of Martha Peake by Patrick McGrath

Graham Russell Hodges
Lumpen-Proletarians of the Atlantic World, Unite!
Review of The Many-Headed Hydra by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker


Volume 1, Number 2: January, 2001
Nancy Shoemaker
Knowing the Other
Review of Indians and English by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

Jeffrey L. Pasley
Off the Pedestal and Between the Sheets
Review of Scandalmonger by William Safire

Richard J. Bell
Captives and Audiences
Review of Cartographies of Desire by Rebecca Blevins Faery

Christopher Grasso
Supernatural Sounds and Enlightenment Silence
Review of Hearing Things by Leigh Eric Schmidt


Volume 1, Number 1: September, 2000
Remembering--and Inventing--the Alamo
Review of The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan

Cynthia Van Zandt
Donna Merwick's New World
Review of Death of a Notary by Donna Merwick

James T. Kloppenberg
Describing America
Review of Becoming America by Jon Butler

David Waldstreicher
Appleby's Liberal America
Review of Inheriting the Revolution by Joyce Appleby



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