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The Journal of American History

March 2017

Volume 103, No. 4

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Regenerating the World: The French Revolution, Civic Festivals, and the Forging of Modern American Democracy, 1793–1795

When did Americans start calling themselves "demo­crats"? What did it mean to identify as a "democrat" in an era when doing so was unprecedented? Most historians of the American Revolution and early republic too casually employ the words "democrat," "democratic," and "democracy." Matthew Rainbow Hale, in contrast, interrogates the rhetoric of "democracy" and shows that the French Revolution not only spurred the first self-conscious democratic movement in American history but also served as the forge through which an expanded version of democracy revolving around social and formal political imperatives emerged.

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Accounting for Conquest: The Price of the Louisiana Purchase of Indian Country

After paying France $15 million for the Louisiana Purchase, the United States spent far more to extinguish Native American title to that land. Just how much has eluded historians. Robert Lee, in the essay that won the 2016 Louis Pelzer Award, revises the standard estimate dramatically upward by tracking federal expenditures for Indian soil rights within the Louisiana Territory made between 1804 and 2012. He uses a methodology that organizes forensic accounting data from Indian claims cases in a custom-built geodatabase of Indian land cessions.

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Singing Exoticism: A Historical Anthropology of the G.I. Songs "China Night" and "Japanese Rumba"

From the Allied occupation period through the 1950s, how did American servicemen in Japan experience exoticism? Shin Aoki's article—which received the 2105–2016 David Thelen Award—explores the complex production and consumption processes of two songs, "China Night" and "Japanese Rumba," that were popular among U.S. sol­diers at that time. Examining the G.I. experiences in listening to and singing these songs, the article reconsiders exoticism as not simply a mode of feeling linked to colonialism but also a form of human experience offering pleasure and triggering transcultural encounters.

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'We Can't Grow Food on All This Concrete': The Land Question, Agrarianism, and Black Nationalist Thought in the late 1960s and 1970s

Russell Rickford examines pastoralist discourses within black nationalist theories of land and autonomy during the black power movement. In the 1960s many African American thinkers saw urban enclaves as sites of incipient black nationality. By the de­cade's end, many of these nationalists had embraced rural settings as alternative domains of black sovereignty. This shift in envi­sioning the ideal "land base" reflects nationalism's penchant for mythmaking as well as the resilience of black America's political and cultural quest for sanctuary and self-determination.

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Textbooks and Teaching

"Globalizing the U.S. Survey" by Scott E. Casper and Laura Westhoff Read Online >


"Globalizing the U.S. Survey-Course Textbook: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities" by Carl J. Guarneri 

"Why I'm Trying to Bring the World In" by Mary Ann Heiss Read Online >

"Debating Political Economy: An Approach to Teaching the United States and the World" by Patrick Iber Read Online >

"'Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Sports': Teaching the United States and the World in the Cold War" by Molly M. Wood Read Online >

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Book Reviews

March 2017, Vol. 103 No. 4

Alphabetical by the last name of the book's first author or editor.


Acosta, Sanctioning Matrimony: Interethnic Marriage in the Arizona Borderlands, by Maria Raquel Casas
Alvarez and Mark, Spying through a Glass Darkly: American Espionage against the Soviet Union, 1945–1946, by Jonathan Reed Winkler
Alvarez, The Valiant Woman: The Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century American Culture, by Claudia Stokes
Andersen, The Politics of Prohibition: American Governance and the Prohibition Party, 1869–1933, by Thomas R. Pegram
Anderson, Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in Nineteenth-Century America, by Randall M. Miller
Anderson, Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story, by Arthur Remillard
Apap, The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic, by Robert Lawson-Peebles

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Bailey and Immerman, eds., Understanding the U.S. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, by Edwin A. Martini
Balogh and Schulman, eds., Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency, by David Greenberg
Berlin, The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States, by Mitch Kachun
Bird, Press and Speech under Assault: The Early Supreme Court Justices, the Sedition Act of 1798, and the Campaign against Dissent, by Kate Elizabeth Brown
Birzer, Russell Kirk: American Conservative, by Drew Maciag
Boyett, Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi's Central Piney Woods, by by Françoise N. Hamlin
Bussel, Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship, by John Hendrix Hinshaw

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Cahan, Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power, by Peter M. Rutkoff
Cameron, Kelton, and Swedlund, eds., Beyond Germs: Native Depopulation in North America, by Benjamin Madley
Cantwell, Carter, and Drake, eds., The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class, by Lawrence M. Lipin
Chappell, Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Robert Widell
Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration, by Koritha Mitchell
Childers, The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin, by Sara M. Gregg
Cohn, ed., The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 41: September 16, 1783, through February 29, 1784, by Carla J. Mulford
Cornell, Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century, by Gregory Hall
Cotkin, Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility, by Richard H. King
Cowie, The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics, by Meg Jacobs
Crawford and Patterson, eds., Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond, by John Edgar Tidwell
Cross, Consumed Nostalgia: Memory in the Age of Fast Capitalism, by Bernhard Rieger

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Dolski, D-Day Remembered: The Normandy Landings in American Collective Memory, by Jenny Thompson
Dowland, Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right, by Neil J. Young
Dubcovsky, Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South, by Ian K. Steele
Dubois, The Banjo: America's African Instrument, by Bill Hardwig

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Edwards, After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East, by Hugh Wilford
Engel, Encountering Empire: African American Missionaries in Colonial Africa, 1900–1939, by Lamin Sanneh
Ewing, The Age of Garvey: How a Jamaican Activist Created a Mass Movement and Changed Global Black Politics, by Frances Peace Sullivan

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Faderman, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, by David K. Johnson
Fea, The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society, by Peter J. Wosh
Fitzpatrick, The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Quest for the American Presidency, by Barbara Winslow
Franke, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality, by Dawn Rae Flood
Friss, The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s, by Clifton Hood

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Garcia, The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of the Movement, by Devra Anne Weber
Gelber, Courtrooms and Classrooms: A Legal History of College Access, 1860−1960, by Tracy Steffes
Goluboff, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s, by Deborah Dinner
Golway, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics, by David Quigley
Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War, by Marina Moskowitz
Grattan, Populism's Power: Radical Grassroots Democracy in America, by Paul Buhle
Grigsby, Enduring Truths: Sojourner's Shadows and Substance, by Celeste-Marie Bernier
Gronbeck-Tedesco, Cuba, the United States, and Cultures of the Transnational Left, 1930– 1975, by Van Gosse
Grua, Surviving Wounded Knee: The Lakotas and the Politics of Memory, by Frederick E. Hoxie

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Haviland, James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement, by Debra L. Schultz
Head, Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic, by Dael A. Norwood
Howell, Making the Mission: Planning and Ethnicity in San Francisco, by David Torres- Rouff
Hutton, The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History, by Janne Lahti

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Jay and Lyerly, eds., Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, by Kellie Carter Jackson

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Keppel, Brown v. Board and the Transformation of American Culture, by William S. Bush
Kinbacher and Mahoney, Urban Villages and Local Identities: Germans from Russia, Omaha Indians, and Vietnamese in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Stan Nadel
Kocurek, Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, by Dawn Spring

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Laukaitis, Community Self-Determination: American Indian Education in Chicago, 1952– 2006, by Lisa K. Neuman
Lause, Free Labor: The Civil War and the Making of an American Working Class, by Iver Bernstein
Leikam, Framing Spaces in Motion: Tracing Visualizations of Earthquakes into Twentieth- Century San Francisco, by Frederick Gibbs
Lin, Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan, by Yafeng Xia
Link and Broomall, eds., Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom, by Elizabeth Regosin
Looker, A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America, by Robert Fisher
Lussana, My Brother Slaves: Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South, by Scott Hancock
Lutenski, West of Harlem: African American Writers and the Borderlands, by Eve Dunbar

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Maney, Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President, by Iwan Morgan
McAndrews, Refuge in the Lord: Catholics, Presidents, and the Politics of Immigration, 1981–2013, by Tim Stanley
McGirr, The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State, by Jennifer Mittelstadt
McIlvenna, The Short Life of Free Georgia: Class and Slavery in the Colonial South, by Michael D. Thompson
Meikle, Postcard America: Curt Teich and the Imaging of a Nation, 1931–1950, by Mark Simpson
Merleaux, Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness, by Theresa Ventura
Millward, Finding Charity's Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland, by Cynthia M. Kennedy
Mittelstadt, The Rise of the Military Welfare State, by Kristin Hass
Moniz, From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism, by Thomas W. Laqueur
Moore, Founding Sins: How a Group of Antislavery Radicals Fought to Put Christ into the Constitution, by Dee Andrews
Mudge, ed., Mr. Emerson's Revolution, by Tiffany K. Wayne
Myers, Dissolving Tensions: Rapprochement and Resolution in British-American-Canadian Relations in the Treaty of Washington Era, 1865–1914, by Graeme S. Mount

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Nahshon, New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, by Jeffrey Shandler
Nance, ed., The Historical Animal, by Joshua Abram Kercsmar
Nelson, Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States, by Lawrence A. Peskin

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Oast, Institutional Slavery: Slaveholding Churches, Schools, Colleges, and Businesses in Virginia, 1680–1860, by Peter Wallenstein
O'Brien, Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South, by P. Nicole King
O'Sullivan, American Organic: A Cultural History of Farming, Gardening, Shopping, and Eating, by Anne Meis Knupfer
Okihiro, American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders, by Naoko Shibusawa
Olmsted, Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism, by Colleen Dood

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Palen, The "Conspiracy" of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846–1896, by Thomas Mertes
Patel, The New Deal: A Global History, by Brooke L. Blower
Pettegrew, Light It Up: The Marine Eye for Battle in the War for Iraq, by David Kieran
Pilgrim, Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice, by Robert Cassanello
Pratt, The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, by John Ernest
Price, Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology, by Robert Oppenheim

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Rediker, Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail, by Paul A. Gilje
Redman, Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums, by Catherine Molineux
Reid, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, by Lissa Wadewitz
Renouard, Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: From the 1960s to the Soviet Collapse, by David F. Schmitz
Ringel, Commercializing Childhood: Children's Magazines, Urban Gentility, and the Ideal of the Child Consumer in the United States, 1823–1918, by Sarah Wadsworth
Romeo, Gender and the Jubilee: Black Freedom and the Reconstruction of Citizenship in Civil War Missouri, by Carol Faulkner
Ruotsila, Fighting Fundamentalist: Carl McIntire and the Politicization of American Fundamentalism, by David E. Settje

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Schmeller, Invisible Sovereign: Imagining Public Opinion from the Revolution to Reconstruction, by Thomas R. Turner
Schulman, Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America, by Emily A. Remus
Sinitiere, Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity, by Jeanne Halgren Kilde
Soden, Outsiders in a Promised Land: Religious Activists in Pacific Northwest History, by Randall Balmer
Spellman, Cornering the Market: Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business, by Jonathan Bean
Stewart-Winter, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, by Amy L. Stone
Stith, Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans- Mississippi Frontier, by Barton A. Myers
Sutton and Dochuk, eds., Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics, by Daniel K. Williams

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Taylor and Messer, eds., Faith and Slavery in the Presbyterian Diaspora, by Thomas J. Little
Teel, Reporting the Cuban Revolution: How Castro Manipulated American Journalists, by John A. Britton
Thompson, A Sense of Power: The Roots of America's Global Role, by Michael Dunne
Thompson, For God and Globe: Christian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War, by Leilah Danielson
Tuck, The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union: A Transatlantic Story of Antiracist Protest, by Joseph Keith

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Upton, What Can and Can't Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South, by Mary Battle

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VanBurkleo, Gender Remade: Citizenship, Suffrage, and Public Power in the New Northwest, 1879–1912, by Katherine G. Aiken

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Wayland-Smith, Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table, by Christopher Clark
Weber, From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century, by Michael D. Innis-Jiménez
Weise, Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910, by Elaine Carey
Willse, The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States, by Ella Howard
Winters, The Mulatta Concubine: Terror, Intimacy, Freedom, and Desire in the Black Transatlantic, by Heather Miyano Kopelson

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Yagi, The Struggle for North America, 1754–1758: Britannia's Tarnished Laurels, by Phillip E. Myers

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Digital History Reviews

American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History, by Jason A. Heppler
The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook, by Tom Okie
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, by Ralph Engelman
The Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects by Erik Loomis



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Recent Scholarship

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