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Harvard University Press: American History 2012

Harvard University Press: American History 2012

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Harvard University Press's American History 2012 brochure offers an introduction to our latest scholarship in American History, African American History, American South, Religion in America, Atlantic World, Political and Legal History, Economic History, Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History, Science and Medicine, as well as features on the John Harvard Library and the completed Dictionary of American Regional English.
Harvard University Press's American History 2012 brochure offers an introduction to our latest scholarship in American History, African American History, American South, Religion in America, Atlantic World, Political and Legal History, Economic History, Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History, Science and Medicine, as well as features on the John Harvard Library and the completed Dictionary of American Regional English.

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Published by: Harvard University Press on Apr 14, 2011
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David Blight takes his readers back to the Civil War’s centennial celebration todetermine how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation a cen-tury earlier. He shows how four of America’s most incisive writers—Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin—explored the gulf between remembrance and reality.
“[Blight] gives us more than a history lesson: he presents an introspective jour-ney into America’s most complex and enigmatic historical event through theminds of four exceptional storytellers. He offers us the opportunity to revisit a monumental tragedy and thereby invites us to probe its meaning. If we do, we will not only be reacquainted with a defin-ing American moment but we will also learn more about who America is, and why.”
—JAMES T. CROUSE,
TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION 
“This is a distinctive addition to the books about the Civil War and how we view it on the conflict’s150th anniversary.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 
“David W. Blight’s richly interpretive
 American Oracle 
contextualizes the sentimentalized celebrationof the Civil War in the early 1960s within the tense realities of the civil rights era and the Cold War.Blight unravels the complexities of Civil War memory and meaning at a time when most white Amer-icans considered restoration of the Union, not emancipation, as the war’s grand result.”
—JOHN DAVID SMITH,
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 
“History and great literature blend beautifully as Blight conducts his examination of the works of four writers—Robert Penn Warren, southern-born novelist; Bruce Catton, historian and journalist;Edmund Wilson, literary critic; and James Baldwin, northern-born essayist and race critic—providingbackground and context for their works and their views of the centennial and all its commercialismand hypocrisy…Throughout, Blight explores the mythology that came out of the Civil War and thesense of American redemption that did not include any examination of the tragedies of racism andslavery.”
—VANESSA BUSH,
BOOKLIST 
(starred review)“The ghosts of the Civil War never leave us, as David Blight knows perhaps better than anyone, andin this superb book he masterfully unites two distant but inextricably bound events with insightfuldissection of the works of four of our best writers, writers obsessed with coming to terms with ouroriginal sin.”
—KEN BURNSBelknap 2011 4 halftones 328 pp. Cloth $27.95 / £20.95
ISBN
978-0-674-04855-3
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Featured Titles..........................................................................2Colonial and U.S. History to 1877.............................................4 African American History / American South...............................7Religion in America ................................................................12 America and the World ...........................................................15 Atlantic World........................................................................19Political and Legal History .....................................................20Economic History...................................................................28Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History..................................30Science and Medicine..............................................................34New Titles—Spring 2012.........................................................35 John Harvard Library..............................................................36Dictionary of American Regional English..................................38Index......................................................................................38Order Form.............................................................................39
Cover art: “Fate of the Rebel Flag” by William Bauly, c. 1861. Library of Congress.See
Confederate Reckoning 
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In this epic synthesis, Daniel K. Richter reveals a new America. Surveying many centuries prior to the American Revolution, we discover the tumultuous encoun-ters between the peoples of North America, Africa, and Europe and see how thepresent is the accumulation of the ancient layers of the past.
“Ultimately, [Richter’s] history is a history of violence, of violence perpetrated by Europeans against Native Americans, by Native Americans against Europeans, and by both peoplesagainst their own kith and kin. It is a dark and brutal story, although one in which the Native Americansare shown as for long holding their own, manipulatingEuropeans as trading partners and playing off one set of Europeans against another until the over- whelming British victory of 1763 no longer made this possible. There is precious little uplift here,and little sense of the more constructive characteristics of the brave new world that was rising amidthe wreckage of the old. But, in patiently uncovering the layers beneath the rubble, Richter forcefully brings home to us that the American past belongs to many peoples, and that none should be forgotten.”
—J. H. ELLIOTT,
NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS 
“An elegantly written attempt to see colonial America from the indigenous perspective…In Richter’sgrand system, the continent’s history comprises successive waves of adventurers, one atop another. Al-though the American Revolution ‘submerged these earlier strata,’ he argues that they nonetheless ‘re-mained beneath the surface to mold the nation’s current contours.’ Walking atop the topmost strata,in other words, are thee and me, the terrain around us shaped by those who came first. The approachis bold, original and insightful…[A] masterly account…
Before the Revolution
is a book that by its very boldness invites intelligent argument. Every few decades, historians develop a new way of looking atthe past. I am not talking about ‘revisionism’ but unifying conceptual schemes, the sort of mentalframework that Frederick Jackson Turner created in his argument for the importance of the frontierto our history or that Bernard Bailyn established in his studies of the American Revolution’s ideologi-cal origins. Historians debated Turner for a long time and continue to debate Bailyn. I wouldn’t besurprised if they were arguing with Richter a decade from today.”
—CHARLES C. MANN,
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“[Richter] demonstrates that U.S. history did not begin with the American Revolution, convincingly arguing that the ideas that manifested themselves in the mid-18th century with the rebelliouscolonists had their origins in such varied locales as the Mississippian Southeast and Europe of theMiddle Ages…Any history written by this preeminent historian is an essential read for everyone inter-ested in the deeper history of the United States.”
—JOHN BURCH,
LIBRARY JOURNAL
Belknap 2011 88 halftones, 13 maps 560 pp. Cloth $35.00 / £25.95
ISBN
978-0-674-05580-3
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