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Colonial Period (1600-1775)

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  • "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 the... 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...

  • 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...

  • Creating the British Atlanticby Jack P. Greene

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    Set mostly within an expansive British imperial and transatlantic framework, this new selection of writings from the renowned historian Jack P. Greene draws on themes he has been developing throughout his distinguished career. In these essays Greene explores the efforts to impose Old World institutions, identities, and values upon the New World societies... more...

  • A Voyage to Virginia in 1609by William Strachey; Silvester Jourdain; Louis B. Wright; Alden T. Vaughan

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 19.95

    To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, the University of Virginia Press reissues its first-ever publication. The volume?s two accounts of the 1609 wreck of a Jamestown-bound ship offer a gripping sea adventure from the earliest days of American colonization, but the dramatic events? even greater claim to fame is for serving as the inspiration for... more...

  • The Road to Black Ned?s Forgeby Turk McCleskey

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In 1752 an enslaved Pennsylvania ironworker named Ned purchased his freedom and moved to Virginia on the upper James River. Taking the name Edward Tarr, he became the first free black landowner west of the Blue Ridge. Tarr established a blacksmith shop on the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the Carolinas and helped found a Presbyterian congregation... more...

  • Band of Giantsby Jack Kelly

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 27.99

    A fast-paced military history of the Revolutionary War focusing on the lesser known founding generals who helped win the war more...