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  • Unfinished Revolutionby Sam W. Haynes

    University of Virginia Press 2010; US$ 19.95

    After the War of 1812 the United States remained a cultural and economic satellite of the world?s most powerful empire. Though political independence had been won, John Bull intruded upon virtually every aspect of public life, from politics to economic development to literature to the performing arts. Many Americans resented their subordinate role... more...

  • Tom Paine's Americaby Seth Cotlar

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 22.50

    Tom Paine?s America explores the vibrant, transatlantic traffic in people, ideas, and texts that profoundly shaped American political debate in the 1790s. In 1789, when the Federal Constitution was ratified, "democracy" was a controversial term that very few Americans used to describe their new political system. That changed when the French Revolution?and... more...

  • Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early Americaby Peter S. Onuf; Nicholas P. Cole

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 32.00

    Thomas Jefferson read Latin and Greek authors throughout his life and wrote movingly about his love of the ancient texts, which he thought should be at the core of America's curriculum. Yet at the same time, Jefferson warned his countrymen not to look to the ancient world for modern lessons and deplored many of the ways his peers used classical authors... more...

  • "Those Who Labor for My Happiness"by Lucia C. Stanton

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way to a more complex view of Monticello as a working plantation, the success of which was made possible by the work of slaves. At the center of this transition has been the work... more...

  • Unnatural Rebellionby Ruma Chopra

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 25.00

    Thousands of British American mainland colonists rejected the War for American Independence. Shunning rebel violence as unnecessary, unlawful, and unnatural, they emphasized the natural ties of blood, kinship, language, and religion that united the colonies to Britain. They hoped that British military strength would crush the minority rebellion and... more...

  • Contesting Slaveryby John Craig Hammond; Matthew Mason

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 24.50

    Recent scholarship on slavery and politics between 1776 and 1840 has wholly revised historians? understanding of the problem of slavery in American politics. Contesting Slavery builds on the best of that literature to reexamine the politics of slavery in revolutionary America and the early republic. The original essays collected here analyze... more...

  • The Limits of Optimismby Maurizio Valsania

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 25.00

    The Limits of Optimism works to dispel persistent notions about Jefferson?s allegedly paradoxical and sphinx-like quality. Maurizio Valsania shows that Jefferson?s multifaceted character and personality are to a large extent the logical outcome of an anti-metaphysical, enlightened, and humility-oriented approach to reality. That Jefferson?s mind... more...

  • Thomas Jefferson, Time, and Historyby Hannah Spahn

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 45.00

    Beginning with the famous opening to the Declaration of Independence ("When in the course of human events..."), almost all of Thomas Jefferson?s writings include creative, stylistically and philosophically complex references to time and history. Although best known for his "forward-looking" statements envisioning future progress, Jefferson was in... more...

  • Brothers Born of One Motherby Michelle LeMaster

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 39.50

    The arrival of English settlers in the American Southeast in 1670 brought the British and the Native Americans into contact both with foreign peoples and with unfamiliar gender systems. In a region in which the balance of power between multiple players remained uncertain for many decades, British and Native leaders turned to concepts of gender and... more...

  • Early Modern Virginiaby Douglas Bradburn; John C. Coombs

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 29.50

    This collection of essays on seventeenth-century Virginia, the first such collection on the Chesapeake in nearly twenty-five years, highlights emerging directions in scholarship and helps set a new agenda for research in the next decade and beyond. The contributors represent some of the best of a younger generation of scholars who are building on,... more...