The State of Jones

The good folks at Doubleday sent me a review copy of The State of Jones: The Small Southern County That Seceded from the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer. It is available for pre-order now from WigWags Books and will be published on June 23rd. Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Doubleday (June 23, 2009) Language: […]

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Taming Democracy: "The People," the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution

I was delighted to find a package from Oxford University Press waiting at my door this afternoon and in it was a review copy of the new paperback edition of Terry Bouton’s Taming Democracy: “The People,” the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution. This looks to be a fascinating read, one that […]

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Fantastic Site – George Mason's Center for History and New Media

Today I discovered a remarkable site, George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media which you can access here. It’s really about exploring history using digital media. It has three broad sections. Teaching + Learning Research + Tools Collecting + Exhibiting Not only do I like the site’s premise but it makes available some […]

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2008 National Book Award Winner: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Congratulations to Annette Gordon-Reed for winning the 2008 National Book Award for non-fiction. Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family W.W. Norton & Company CITATION “In the mesmerizing narrative of Annette Gordon-Reed’s American family saga, one feels the steady accretion of convincing argument: Her book is at once a painstaking history of slavery, […]

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People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War

Fred Anderson. A People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War. Reprint. The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. Anderson sets out to examine New England provincial soldiers and their experiences during what he terms the “last and greatest of America’s colonial wars.” He considers it a work of social history because […]

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On War and Words
The Name of War

As I finish up my final paper, I’ve gone back to the first book read for my class, “Studies in U.S. Military History.” Jill Lepore. The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity. Vintage Books, 1999. In this unusual book about King Phillip’s War, Lepore sets out to study war and how […]

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