Published in 1776, when America was teetering on the brink of war with Britain, Common Sense galvanized the colonists and George Washington's army, influencing not only the course of the Revolutionary War, but also the resultant government.
Turner's much-anthologized 1893 essay argues that the vast western frontier shaped the modern American character-and the course of US history. Interacting with both the wilderness and Native Americans, settlers on the frontier developed institutions and character traits quite distinct from Europe.
A work of revisionist history that traces the moody period that enveloped America in the aftermath of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, when popular culture came to embody the psychological insecurities and anxieties provoked by wartime upheaval and cultural isolation.
Addresses such questions as who is Mark Felt? And, why did he risk so much for his country? Supported by Felt's 1979 memoir and secret manuscript written in the 1980s, this work combines revelations from his personal letters and memos, together with his family's and associate's account of his life.
Nathan Hale, the celebrated hero, and Moses Dunbar, an unknown loyalist executed for treason, died during the American Revolution for causes they regarded as honorable. The Martyr and the Traitor presents these men's stories for what they reveal about the Revolution's impact on ordinary lives and about the many factors involved in choosing sides in war.
This text is an account of the vibrant international network that the American socio-political reformers constructed - so often obscured by notions of American exceptionalism - and of its profound impact on the USA from the 1870s through to 1945.
This second volume in "The Americans" trilogy deals with the crucial period of American history from the Revolution to the Civil War. Here we meet the people who shaped, and were shaped by, the American experience - the versatile New Englanders, the Transients and the Boosters.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many women began to write historical analysis, taking a big role in defining the new American Republicanism. The work collected here ranges from reportage to poetic historical narratives and historical drama to depictions of women.
Arnold Rothstein was one of the important but mysterious figures in the history of New York. A peer in the wood-panelled business sancta of the Rockerfellers and the Morgans, he was also the godfather of organized crime in America. This book aims to unravel the mysteries of Rothstein's life, a story ending in the final mystery of his murder.
Opening up readings of writers in the growing field of transatlanticism, this text discusses diverse and innovative interventions in the field of Anglo-American literary relations, revealing previously unresearched connections between writers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Relations between Europe and America have become contentious, fuelled by the post-9/11 unilateral and pre-emptive tone of US foreign policy and old fears of American hegemony. The author argues that this increasing mistrust prevents constructive dialogue and action and threatens world stability.
Originally published in 1985, By the Bomb's Early Light is the first book to explore the cultural "fallout" in America during the early years of the atomic age. The book is based on a wide range of sources, including cartoons, opinion polls, radio programs, movies, literature, song lyrics, slang, and interviews with leading opinion-makers of the time.
Vividly recounting the lives of enslaved women in eighteenth-century Bridgetown, Barbados, and their conditions of confinement through urban, legal, sexual, and representational power wielded by slave owners, authorities, and the archive, Marisa J. Fuentes challenges how histories of vulnerable and invisible subjects are written.
America's leading expert on men and masculinity explains why, with the demographics of the nation rapidly changing and the levers of political power ostensibly slipping from their hands, white men are angrier than ever before in our recent history.
That do-your-own-thing freedom - run amok since the individualism and relativism of the 1960s and later the unprecedented free-for-all world of the Internet, is the driving credo of America's current transformation where the difference between opinion and fact is rapidly crumbling.
From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture portrayed the American South as a region ensconced in its antebellum past, draped in moonlight and magnolias, and represented by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, and the chivalrous planter. Karen Cox shows that the chief purveyors of this constructed nostalgia for the Old South were outsiders of the region.
Gerard Magliocca'sThe Heart of the Constitution is the untold story of the most celebrated part of the Constitution. Until the twentieth century, few Americans called the first ten amendments the Bill of Rights. When they did after 1900, the Bill of Rights was usually invoked to increase rather than limit federal authority.
After September of 1921, membership declined and morale in the UNIA began to weaken. The final failure of the Black Star Line resulted when negotiations with the United States Chipping Board for the purchase of the long proposed African ship collapsed in March 1922. Deals with the period of crisis in the UNIA's political and economic fortunes.
Volume XIII of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers covers the period between August 1921 and August 1922. During this particularly tumultuous time, Garvey suffered legal, political, and financial trouble, while the UNIA struggled to grow throughout the Caribbean.
A study of the rise and decline of puritanism in England and New England that focuses on the role of godly men and women. It explores the role of family devotions, lay conferences, prophesying and other means by which the laity influenced puritan belief and practice, and the efforts of the clergy to reduce lay power in the seventeenth century.
John Jacob Astor's dream of empire took shape as the American Fur Company. At Astor's retirement in 1834, this corporate monopoly reached westward from a depot on Mackinac Island to subposts beyond the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. This book focuses on eighteen men who represented the American Fur Company and its successors.
Analysing the ubiquity of the small town in fiction of the mid-century US South, Living Jim Crow is the first extended scholarly study to explore how authors mobilised this setting as a tool for racial resistance.