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  • The Family Legacy of Henry Clayby Lindsey Apple

    The University Press of Kentucky 2011; US$ 40.00

    Known as the Great Compromiser, Henry Clay earned his title by addressing sectional tensions over slavery and forestalling civil war in the United States. Today he is still regarded as one of the most important political figures in American history. As Speaker of the House of Representatives and secretary of state, Clay left an indelible mark on American... more...

  • The Naval War of 1812by Theodore Roosevelt

    Random House Publishing Group 2000; US$ 17.00

    Published when Theodore Roosevelt was only twenty-three years old, The Naval War of 1812 was immediately hailed as a literary and scholarly triumph, and it is still considered the definitive book on the subject. It caused considerable controversy for its bold refutation of earlier accounts of the war, but its brilliant analysis and balanced tone... more...

  • Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermathby Robert Pierce Forbes

    The University of North Carolina Press 2007; US$ 21.00

    Robert Pierce Forbes goes behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, to reveal the high-level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis, including the central, unexpected role of President James Monroe. Although Missouri was allowed to join the union with slavery,... more...

  • A Companion to 19th-Century Americaby William Barney

    Wiley 2008; US$ 225.95

    A Companion to 19th-Century America is an authoritative overview of current historiographical developments and major themes in the history of nineteenth-century America. Twenty-seven scholars, all specialists in their own thematic areas, examine the key debates and historiography. A thematic and chronological organization brings together the major... more...

  • James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Governmentby Colleen A. Sheehan

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 22.00

    Sheehan argues that Madison's vision for the new nation was informed by the idea of republican self-government. more...

  • Waking Giantby David S. Reynolds

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Waking Giant is a brilliant, definitive history of America?s vibrant and tumultuous rise during the Jacksonian era from David S. Reynolds, the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Walt Whitman?s America . Casting fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation?s territory... more...

  • Throes of Democracyby Walter A. McDougall

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 16.99

    "And then there came a day of fire!" From its shocking curtain-raiser?the conflagration that consumed Lower Manhattan in 1835?to the climactic centennial year of 1876, when Americans staged a corrupt, deadlocked presidential campaign (fought out in Florida), Walter A. McDougall's Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877 throws... more...

  • A Ruinous and Unhappy Warby James H. Ellis

    Algora Publishing 2009; US$ 33.95

    An entertaining, well-researched study details naval battles and coastal incursions through diaries and regional news articles on the War of 1812. New England was hard hit by the War of 1812 with Great Britain. The war severely injured the maritime and commercial economy and inflamed the difference in interests between the Northeast and the rest of... more...

  • Old Hickory's Nephewby Mark R. Cheathem

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    Though remembered largely by history as Andrew Jackson's nephew, Andrew Jackson Donelson was himself a significant figure in nineteenth-century America: a politician, planter, diplomat, newspaper editor, and vice-presidential candidate. His relationship with his uncle and mentor defined his life, as he struggled to find the political and personal success... more...

  • Chasing Oliver Hazard Perryby Craig Heimbuch

    Clerisy Press 2010; US$ 15.95

    Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry chronicles Craig Heimbuch's journey through time and place in hopes of bringing to life a history that has haunted him since he was young the story of Oliver Perry and the War of 1812. In the spirit of Tony Horwitz, Heimbuch travels to the battlefields, talks to historians, re-enactors, and fellow travelers to create... more...