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The Journal of American History

September 2017

Volume 104, No. 2

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Grenville’s Silver Hammer: The Problem of Money in the Stamp Act Crisis

After the Seven Years’ War, Parliament sought to alter the monetary basis of British North America, in part by levying taxes and fees in silver, which colonists insisted they did not have. The Stamp Act of 1765 made silver absolutely necessary for the administration of law. Without silver, the simplest legal instruments of law and commerce became unattainable. The act made the operation of law impossible. Andrew David Edwards explores this dilemma to provide a new explanation for widespread American resistance to the Stamp Act and for debates that led to revolution.

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‘Securing the State’: James Madison, Federal Emergency Powers, and the Rise of the Liberal State in Postrevolutionary America

Sveinn Jóhannesson investigates how James Madison and his Federalist collaborators dealt with the problem of creating and justifying special emergency powers in a polity that saw itself as republican. What would be the justification for allowing a government “of the people” to suppress an uprising by the people against their own government? Jóhannesson contends that to solve this problem, Madison engineered an ideological transformation into the nature of American government, inventing what we now call constitutional liberalism.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of Civilizations: Indian Intellectual Culture during the Removal Era

Before the Indian Removal Act, many eastern Native Americans adopted social and cultural expectations of U.S. “civilization policy” in an attempt to remain in their homelands. But what happened to those peoples and those ideas in the wake of removal? Christina Snyder examines this question by focusing on native students at Choctaw Academy, the first federal Indian school. Snyder demonstrates that these native men, first as teenage students in the 1830s and later as tribal leaders, participated in a transatlantic intellectual culture.

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Cash to Corinna’ Domestic Labor and Sexual Economy in the ‘Fancy Trade'

This article uses a case study of the life of an enslaved woman, Corinna Hinton Omohundro, to tell a history of slavery and capitalism. Hinton Omohundro was the enslaved concubine of a successful Virginia slave trader. Her life and labor offer a new perspective for understanding the domestic slave trade and the experiences of slavery for enslaved women. This microhistory by Alexandra Finley allows us to see the understudied role that women’s domestic, reproductive, and sexual labor played in the expansion of slavery into the Deep South.

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HIV/AIDS and U.S. History

Jonathan Bell, Darius Bost, Jennifer Brier, Julio Capó Jr., Jih-Fei Cheng, Daniel M. Fox, Christina Hanhardt, Emily K. Hobson, and Dan Royles

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Book Reviews

Sept. 2017, Vol. 104 No. 2

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


Adams, Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890 – 1990, by Eric V. Meeks
Apel, Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds: Science and the Yellow Fever Controversy in the Early American Republic, by Kevin Joel Berland
Army, Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War, by Bruce W. Eelman

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Baics, Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790–1860, by Helen Tangires
Baldwin, The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol’niki Park to Chicago’s South Side, by K. A. Cuordileone
Barrett-Fox, God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right, by William Trollinger Jr.
Barzilai, Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters, by Ari Y. Kelman
Behnken, ed., Civil Rights and Beyond: African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States, by Carlos Blanton
Benson, Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution, by Christina D. Abreu
Berlage, Farmers Helping Farmers: The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureaus, 1914–1935, by Joe Anderson
Bonner, Confederate Political Economy: Creating and Managing a Southern Corporatist Nation, by Aaron Astor
Bottiger, The Borderland of Fear: Vincennes, Prophetstown, and the Invasion of the Miami Homeland, by John P. Bowes
Bray, Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond, by Susan Carruthers
Burke and Jeffries, The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City, by Ethan Johnson
Butler, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960 -1980, by Charles McKinney

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Chapin, Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System, by Andrew R. Ruis
Claassen, ed., Native American Landscapes: An Engendered Perspective, by Greg Gordon
Clinton, Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War, by Giselle Roberts
Coates, Legalist Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century, by Nicole Phelps
Cohen, Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America, by Kenneth J. Bindas
Cohen, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, by Molly Ladd-Taylor
Coleman, The American Revolution, State Sovereignty, and the American Constitutional Settlement, 1765–1800, by Richard Samuelson
Connell, Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, by Julia Rabig
Coward, Indians Illustrated: The Image of Native Americans in the Pictorial Press, by Martha A. Sandweiss
Crawford, Le Football: A History of American Football in France, by Richard C. Crepeau
Crofts, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union, by Michael P. Johnson
Curtis, The Production of American Religious Freedom, by Charles L. Cohen

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Dale, Robert Nixon and Police Torture in Chicago, 1871–1971, by Mara Dodge
Dallek, Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security, by Robert Earnest Miller
Davis, The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America, by Andrea L. Smalley
Day, Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism, by Elliott Young
De La Teja, ed., Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas, by Patrick G. Williams
Decker, The Other Rights Revolution: Conservative Lawyers and the Remaking of American Government, by Keith M. Finley
Diemer, The Politics of Black Citizenship: Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817–1863, by Julie Winch
Dillon and Drexler, eds., The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies, by Mary Niall Mitchell

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Elder, The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790–1860, by Randolph Scully
Engle, Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union's War Governors, by Jonathan W. White

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Fischer, Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism, by Regin Schmidt
Fletcher, Comic Democracies: From Ancient Athens to the American Republic, by Jon Grinspan
Frost and Smith Tucker, eds., A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland, by Keith Griffler

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Gerstle, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present, by François Furstenberg
Gordon-Reed and Onuf, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, by Brian Steele
Gormley, ed., The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History, by Jeffry H. Morrison
Gould, The First Modern Clash Over Federal Power: Wilson versus Hughes in the Presidential Election of 1916, by Godfrey Hodgson
Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, by Jason Young
Gray, Tom Paine's Iron Bridge: Building a United States, by Robert Martello
Grinspan, The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century, by Donald W. Rogers
Gutek and Gutek, Bringing Montessori to America: S. S. McClure, Maria Montessori, and the Campaign to Publicize Montessori Education, by Benjamin James Justice

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Haag, The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture, by Suzanna Reiss
Hale, The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, by Simon Wendt
Hanna, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740, by Julian Gwyn
Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston, by Jennifer Dorsey
Harris, Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City's Underground Economy, by Fred W. Viehe
Hartman Strom, Fortune, Fame, and Desire: Promoting the Self in the Long Nineteenth Century, by Matthew Sutton
Hemmer, Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics, by Michelle M. Nickerson
Hinton, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, by Kazuyo Tsuchiya
Hochschild, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939, by Fraser Ottanelli
Hogan, The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability, by Kate Eichhorn
Holloway, Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship, by Volker Janssen
Horn, Huffman and Jones, eds., Lines Were Drawn: Remembering Court-Ordered Integration at a Mississippi High School, by Barbara J. Shircliffe

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Janken, The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s, by Komozi Woodard
Jones, Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West, by Bernard Mergen

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Kargon, et al., World's Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology, and Modernity, 1937–1942, by Mary Ann Borden
Karp, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, by Mark G. Malvasi
Kelly, Power and Cary, Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community during the Great Depression, by Lou Martin
Kennedy, Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe, by Reynolds J. Scott-Childress
Kieninger, Dynamic Détente: The United States and Europe, 1964–1975, by Kaeten Mistry
Kloppenberg, Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought, by Kunal Parker
Kornhauser, Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930–1970, by Sidney M. Milkis

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Lawrie, Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination, by Eric Yellin
Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, by Kelly Alisa Ryan
Logel, Designing Gotham: West Point Engineers and the Rise of Modern New York, 1817–1898, by Elizabeth Blackmar
Loomis, Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests, by Steven Beda

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Madley, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873, by Steven W. Hackel
Main, Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking From Koch to De Blasio, by Wesley G. Phelps
Manalansan and Espiritu, eds., Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora, by Roland L. Guyotte
Martin and Brooks, eds., Linking the Histories of Slavery: North America and Its Borderlands, by Gregory Wigmore
Mason, Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett, by James L. Huston
Maudlin and Herman, eds., Building the British Atlantic World: Spaces, Places, and Material Culture, 1600-1850, by Emma Hart
McAllister Linn, Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield, by William A. Taylor
McCormack, Imagining Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die, by Beth E. Levy
McGarvie, Law and Religion in American History: Public Values and Private Conscience, by Patrick M. Garry
McKercher, Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era, by Benjamin P. Greene
Meranze and Makdisi, eds., Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution, by Edward E. Andrews
Merwin, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, by Roger Horowitz
Meyer, Manhood on the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland, by Matthew Basso
Miller, Cast Down: Abjection in America, 1700–1850, by Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Moore , Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841–1869, by Susan Armitage

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Neumann, Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America, by Andrew Hurley
Newman, Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present, by Amy M. Hay

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Olegario, The Engine of Enterprise: Credit in America, by Sharon Murphy

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Paretsky, Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing: The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War, by Jon Roberts
Parkinson, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution, by Charlotte Haller
Pehl, The Making of Working-Class Religion, by William A. Mirola
Pincus, The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government, by Jack N. Rakove

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Rasberry, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination, by Chris R. Vials
Rather, The American School: Artists and Status in the Late-Colonial and Early National Era, by Margaretta M. Lovell
Rickford, We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination, by Akinyele Umoja
Robinson, Preacher Girl: Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival, by Margaret Bendroth

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Samuel, Remembering America: How We Have Told Our Past, by James Loewen
Sanders, A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle, by Maegan Parker Brooks
Schickler, Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932–1965, by Jennifer Delton
Senie, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, by Micki McElya
Sholar, Getting Paid While Taking Time: The Women's Movement and the Development of Paid Family Leave Policies in the United States, by Stacie Taranto
Silverman, Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America, by Thomas S. Abler
So, Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Cultural Network, by Kelly Ann Long
Sotomayor, The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico, by Félix Huertas González
Sparrow, Novak and Sawyer, eds., Boundaries of the State in U.S. History, by Samuel DeCanio
Spener, We Shall Not Be Moved/No nos moverán: Biography of a Song of Struggle, by Michael Honey
Stahl , Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture since 1945, by Howard Brick
Stauder, The Blue and the Green: A Cultural Ecological History of an Arizona Ranching Community, by Karen R. Merrill
Steptoe, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, by Thomas A. Castillo
Stewart, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project, by Christine Bold
Stocker, Spheres of Intervention: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967–1976, by Laila Ballout
Stoll, Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism, by Todd M. Kerstetter
Syrett, American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States, by Rebecca Davis

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Taylor, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection, by David Stradling
Thompson, Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port, by Peter Coclanis
Turk, Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace, by Dennis Deslippe

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Wald, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl, by Abraham Hoffman
Wei, Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State, by Sue Fawn Chung
Wilson, Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II, by William James Breen
Winn, The Triumph of the Ecunnau-Nuxulgee: Land Speculators, George M. Troup, State Rights, and the Removal of the Creek Indians from Georgia and Alabama, 1825–38, by Matthew Kruer
Wise, Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies, by Daniel Herman
Wolfinger, Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry, by Peter Cole

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Digital History Reviews

Civil War Govenors of Kentucky Digital Documentary, by Anne Marshall

The West Point History of World War II, Vol. I and The West Point History of the Civil War, by Christopher Hamner

The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914–1919, by Michael Neiberg

Engineering and Technology History Wiki, by Joseph November

Recent Scholarship

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