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Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press, 2004. This book is a comparative case study between the impact of state politics on the coal mining industries of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Adams uses political economy to explain why Pennsylvania outdistanced Virginia’s industry and compares the two local or state politics. This book provides information that would help explain the coal industry and its effects on the Early Republic. Allgor, Catherine. Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000. This is a book that links the history of gender with that of politics. Allgor demonstrates how crucial the role of the elite woman, especially the first ladies, was to the development of the American democratic system of government. Her study provides the reader with an insight to how the social events that she describes like dinner parties, calling cards, etc…were ways to advance political intentions and by doing so she expresses the importance of linking society and culture to politics. Allgor expresses the difference between the pubic and private sphere during these times and what was and was not allowed for the genders. Her book is an excellent source and would help explain how history is not always about old, dead, rich white men. Blue, Frederick J. No Taint of Compromise: Crusaders in Antislavery Politics. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. This is a book consists of the stories of a group of political abolitionists. Blue expresses the complexity of the abolition movement and the nature of political antislavery through these stories and touches on the philosophies and activities of these abolitionists. His study provides an insight on how the common man or woman either black or white pursued reform against such a difficult and dangerous political position. This book provides a great source for who the moral abolitionist was, the methods they practiced, and the parties they were a part of like the Free Soil and Liberty Parties. Buggeln, Gretchen Townsend. Temples of Grace: The Material Transformation of Connecticut’s Churches, 1790-1840. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2003. This book is a representation of the relationship between religious belief and the rapid economic growth that occurred during the early republic. Buggeln offers an historical interpretation of how religious people adapted to the changing culture and rapid economic change in order to safeguard their faith. He focuses on the Congressionalist’ and there Calvinist faith in order to explain these cultural relationship. This book is a
great source for the importance and impact of religion during the Early Republic and will help students understand the culture of society during this period. Carr, Jacqueline Barbara. After the Siege: A Social History of Boston, 1775-1800. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2004. This book is a social history of Boston after the American Revolution. Carr, through her intense research of “Tax-Taking Books,” newspapers, probate, and many other records of the town of Boston, explains the twenty-five year transformation of the town. This transformation includes the physical destruction of the war and then what she calls Boston’s Renaissance. By explaining this transformation, Carr is able to depict the social, cultural, and political aspects of Boston after the Revolutionary war. This book provides a great source for a case study of the effects and changes of the war and would be helpful in explaining the economy during the Early Republic. Collier, Christopher. All Politics is Local: Family, Friends, and Provincial Interests in the Creation of the Constitution. Hanover, NJ: University Press of New England, 2003. This book is an account of the role of Connecticut in the development of the United States Constitution. Collier clearly states that the Constitution would not have been ratified or adopted if it did not appeal to certain states. The book uses Connecticut to prove his point and he explains that they wanted three things from the Constitution and they included: equal trading rights, preservation of land claims of the Susquehannah Company in Pennsylvania and Western Reserve now in Ohio, and state autonomy. His precedes to explain that they received two out of the three requests and then argues that socially and culturally the differences in politics was not divided, but instead AntiFederalist and Federalist were the same kind of people. This book provides an excellent source for the ratification of the Constitution and the differences in opinions between the Anti-Federalist and Federalist. Cornell, Saul. The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism & the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999. This book provides an answer to the rescue of the Anti-Federalist’s historical reputation. Cornell demonstrates that there was not only diversity in the Federalist political thoughts, but that there was also diversity in the Anti-Federalist thoughts. He also represents how the interpretation newspapers and pamphlets of the Anti-Federalist all depended on who was reading them. The book provides a complete analysis of the group called the Anti-Federalist and how they developed, how diverse they were, and how they focused on the public sphere more than the Federalist. It is a great source for the interpretation of the Anti-Federalist and provides a rehabilitation of their views and contribution to American history.
Cusick, James G. The Other War of 1812: The Patriot War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2003. This book is a history of the attempted seize of the Spanish East Florida that occurred between 1811 and 1814. Cusick demonstrates that the political, military, and diplomatic considerations of this event and time period are the focus of the book. The majority of his book explains this account and the results of it, while focusing on why these Florida rebels failed at expelling the Spaniards, Seminoles, and free blacks from St. Augustine and its hinterlands. History books usually leave out analysis like this of Florida during the Early Republic time period and this book provides an adequate interpretation of the events. Egerton, Douglas R. Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries: Collected Essays and Second Thoughts. New York: Routledge Press, 2002. This book examines the three categories of a rebel, reformer, and revolutionary in the Early Republic South. It is a work of compiled essays that focuses on the how these three categories shaped the early society and culture of the South. He demonstrates how each of these categories were represented during this time period by emphasizes the complexity of the characters of the rebels, the construed memory of the Revolution, and the conservative role of reform during the Early Republic. This book provides a great source for the South during the time period and presents an analysis of the effects of the war, along with the development of society and its culture in the South. Eslinger, Ellen. Running Mad for Kentucky: Frontier Travel Accounts. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2004. This book is a collection of accounts on the migration of people across the Appalachian Mountains into the Kentucky Frontier. It provides numerous and varied accounts on their travels to reaching the then West. Considering the limitation of sources, Eslinger’s book is a work of art and provides adequate information on the historical events of migrating to the West and the society of the Frontier. This book is a great source to represent actual accounts of what it was like to have to travel across the Appalachians during this time period and would be and interesting topic for discussion for a high school classroom. Freeman, Joanne B. Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. This is a book about the political culture of the 1790s. It examines the political history and the extraordinary story of the well-known founding fathers and their struggle with creating a new government. Freeman gives insight to the idea that the culture of the society had an impact on how the American system of government was created. She argues that the process against anarchy was no more than a shared gentleman’s code of conduct, where honor was a key aspect to this code. Freeman has compiled a carefully researched book and well written book that provides scholars with an excellent source for
the political culture of the Early Republic and will help demonstrate every side to the development of the political system. Frey, Sylvia R. Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1991. This book is a study of African-American slaves during the times of the American Revolution. Frey is able to demonstrate how these African-Americans’ determination to secure for themselves the egalitarian promise of Revolution produced “a revolutionary period for the black and white communities of the American South.” (p.3) Through her extensive research of British military records she was able to realize how much more significant the slave resistance during the Revolutionary period was and how much it shaped the society and culture of the Early Republic South. In order to portray this social and cultural change Frey explains the different ways that African-Americans tried to rebel against their bondage. As she expresses, “some slaves deserted to from maroon communities; some attempted to forge large-scale rebellion; most fled to British forces in the South.” (p. 326) This book will provide an understanding of how slaves fought for their independence after the Revolutionary War and the beginnings of abolitionism. Karcher, Carolyn M. The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1994. This is a biography of a middle-class woman named Lydia Maria Child, that’s life is representative of a woman that was strong, courageous, industrial, and that learned and accomplished a great deal. Karcher’s book provides a case study of a woman that represents a culture of the time period. Child was a woman of great accomplishment, which included numerous works and these are included in Karcher’s bibliography and consists of fifteen pages. This study is an excellent source and provides the reader with a cultural historical perspective of the time period. Kastor, Peter J. The Nation’s Crucible: The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004. This book challenges the long-standing argument of Manifest Destiny, focusing on the Louisiana Purchase. Kastor argues that instead the Louisiana Purchase caused problems that were not anticipated and that they had to be fixed quickly and without a precedent. The book covers everything from the background of the event, organization of territorial government and the War of 1812. The book provides a more broad understanding of the territorial gain of the Louisiana Purchase and is an excellent source for teaching the topic. It provides a cultural, social, and political view of the event, instead of focusing just on the concept of Manifest Destiny and would be great to show students both viewpoints.
Kramer, Larry D. The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. This book consists of an analysis of the principle of judicial review. Through an historical story that starts with the English constitutions and ends with the New Deal, the book demonstrates the history and meaning of the term. Considering the term is so crucial to teaching the social studies subjects in North Carolina this book consists of critical information to fully understanding the concept, more that just Marbury v. Madison. Kramer also develops a comparative study between popular constitutionalism and judicial review and provides insight into this by explaining that the government has not really ever representing the people as intended by the founding fathers. This not only provides an excellent source for judicial review but also provides possible discussion questions for upper level classes on rather our government does actually represent the people or not. Matthews, Marty D. Forgotten Founder: The Life and Times of Charles Pinckney. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2004. This book is an attempt to put Charles Pinckney, the South Carolina politician and planter within the group of the founding fathers. Pinckney did have an impressive political career and was involved in the Revolutionary War, Constitutional Convention and many other important historical events during the Early Republic time period. Through the revitalization of Pinckney, Matthews is able to explain the rise of Jeffersonian republicanism, considering he supported Jefferson and had a great deal to do with his victory in the election of 1800. The book offers a great source for the development of Jeffersonian republicanism and could be used to add depth to the knowledge of content on the less known founding fathers. Martin, Jonathan D. Divided Mastery: Slave Holding in the American South. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004. This book explains the economical process of the slave system in the South of hiring out slaves. It demonstrates that most likely slaves would experience being hired to someone else in their lifetime than they would be to experience being sold. Martin explains how this process was beneficial to white southerners and that the hiring process confirms that market and profits were at the core of slavery. This book provides an overall understanding of the slave system, especially hiring. Newman, Richard S. The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. This book explains the beginning of American abolitionism and tries to reconnect the first movement with the better known second movement of the 1830s. Newman focuses on the transformation of the abolition movement throughout history, mainly on two organizations, the Pennsylvania Abolition Society and the Massachusetts Antislavery Society. Through his study he provides the reader with an excellent source for the first
and second abolition movements that would be very supportive when studying the Early Republic up to the Civil War period. Newman, Simon P. Parades and Politics of the Street: Festive Culture in the Early Republic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. This book explores the political events in America during the Early Republic. It focuses on events like the raising of liberty poles, festivals, ceremonial toasting, songs, and badges. Newman focuses on the role of the common people or non-elite and their participation in these events as he argues that these festivals and the popular culture that it created greatly influenced the development of the newly form of government, along with the two-party system. Newman provides an impressive collection of research that consists mainly of local newspaper articles from the time period. His book is an excellent source and provides insight to the social history of the development of Early Republic politics. This book will help demonstrate the full realm of the development of the Early Republic political system. O’Brien, Conor Cruise. The Long Affair: Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. This book provides an historical interpretation of the importance of the French Revolution and Thomas Jefferson’s role and thoughts toward the event. O’Brien demonstrates how the French Revolution was more than just another event in a foreign land and that it was exactly what America stood for, which was reform towards tyranny and the development of a government of the people. Although the actual argument is weak, this book does provide a scholarly idea of the reason a large number of Americans supported the French Revolution. This provides a basic understanding of the role of the French Revolution is the Early American Republic. Rice, Stephen P. Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. This is a book about the emergence of the middle-class during the Early Republic. Rice demonstrates what he calls the “discourse on mechanization” or the middle-class using discussion of machinery to quiet class hostility. The book provides information the beginnings of capitalism and industrialization in American history. It also develops ideas about how this coincided with the development of the as he would say “so-called” middle-class since it’s argued that during this time there was not an elite class. This book provides a source for explaining the social classes and development of them towards the end of the Early Republic. Rigal, Laura. The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. This book explores the world of cultural and labor history. Rigal offers an analysis of nation and class formation and through these demonstrates the development of
structure and production during the Early Republic. She argues that the Early American artisans produced numerous amounts of artifacts that represented labor, intelligence, and art and contributed to the development of the new structure of the nation. This work provides a historical interpretation of the cultural development of the Early Republic and would provide insight to a different way of teaching the time period. Small, Nora Pat. Beauty & Convenience: Architecture and Order in the New Republic. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003. This book deals with the architectural and landscape changes between 1790 and 1840. Small addresses these changes and shows how the intellectual debates and economic development were influential to the decisions that were made towards these changes. In order to explain these changes and their influences, she develops a case study based on the town of Sutton, Massachusetts. His architectural evolution during the Early Republic represents more than just architectural design changes and reveals the broader American experience. This book provides an excellent source for a demonstration of how republican virtue was represented in all aspects of life and is solid for understanding the importance of virtue in the Early American experience. Smith, Robert W. Keeping the Republic: Ideology and Early American Diplomacy. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2004. This book examines the relationship between ideology and diplomacy during the Early Republic. In order to explain this relationship and the impact of the different versions of republicanism, Smith examines John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. The book is very vague for an historical text but provides a solid explanation of the different interpretations of republicanism during this time period. Ulrich, Laura Thatcher. A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. This is a detailed and scholarly work on the life of Martha Ballard, who was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, housewife, church member, neighbor, and midwife. Ulrich focuses on the detailed collection of diaries that Ballard created throughout her life to explain the agrarian or common woman during the Early Republic. This is an excellent source that provides insight into the life of woman during this time period. It also demonstrates the gender roles of the time period that consisted of men dominating the public sphere and woman the domestic or private sphere. This work provides an overall understanding of gender roles during the Early Republic period. Wells, Jonathan Daniel. The Origins of the Southern Middle Class, 1800-1861. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. This book is about the significance of the middle-class in the South. Wells argues that the middle class did influence the South’s culture, social life, and economy. Through
this argument he provides analysis of the connection between the emerging middle-class of the North and South. This book is an excellent source for social classes and provides the reader with new insights into the importance of the middle-class in the South. It also provides information pertaining to the developing sectionalism that eventually leads to a cause of the Civil War. West, Emily. Chains of Love: Slave Couples in Antebellum South Carolina. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004. This book explores the relationships of slaves and their marital relationships in the South, focusing on antebellum South Carolina. Through her exploration of slave marriages, West demonstrates that these relationships were very close and important in their communities. She also explains that these relationships were the safe havens for a world of enslavement; they were the best part of their lives, so the importance is clear. This book provides an excellent source for the social and cultural aspects of the slave community and could easily be useful when teaching about slavery in the Early Republic. Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. This is an overall historiography of the Early Republic time period. Wood demonstrates the full realm of the time period by explaining how the Revolution created the political, social, and cultural structures of what evolved as the modern Early Republic society. This book provides a great source for understanding the evolution and development of the Early Republic and presents a solid comprehension of the political, social, and cultural aspects of colonial America and how they changed. This is important in teaching this period, considering most students do not fully understand the extreme or radical changes that took place after the Revolutionary War. Wright, Robert E. Hamilton Unbound: Finance and the Creation of the American Republic. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002. This is a book that addresses the economic development during the Early Republic. Wright argues that the U.S. financial markets evolved during the time period of 1780 and 1840. In order to present his argument he demonstrates how the American Revolution, the Constitution, the merchant elite, and Hamilton’s financial plan all were factors to the evolution of the financial markets. His argument provides economic reasons for the causes or encouragement of the Revolution and the development of state and the U.S. Constitution. This book is a great source for Hamilton’s financial plan and the impact and evolution of this plan. It provides insight into the development of the National Bank and the reasons it developed and the impact of this development. Young, Alfred F. The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution. Boston: Beacon, 1999.
This book is a case study of a shoemaker that was in the right place at the right time and outlived most of the people of his time. Young provides a historical interpretation of the life of George Robert Twelves Hewes, the importance of the American Revolution and the ways people remember historical events. His books explains how Hewes was a nobody most of his life, until his old age, when he gets his claim to fame. This book provides the reader with a historical interpretation of the American Revolution and why we remember certain events. Zakim, Michael. Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men’s Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2003. This is a book about the history of men’s clothing and fashion during from 1760 to 1860. It provides an economical, industrial, labor, cultural, and gender history of the time period and uses the many aspects of these things to explain how democracy and capitalism influenced the way a man dresses. This book will allow the reader to expand their knowledge of the time period and will provide a different type of history for students in the classroom.
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