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The Journal of American History

September 2016

Journal of American History, Volume 103 Issue 2, September 2016 Articles
Digital History Reviews
Editor's Annual Report
Letters to the Editor
Recent Scholarship


"Sovereign Lords" and "Dependent Administrators": Artigan Privateers, Atlantic Borderwaters, and State Building in the Early Nineteenth Century

Tyson Reeder examines the maturation of the American state apparatus as it asserted control over the transnational movement and extraterritorial violence of its citizens. Between 1816 and 1820, privateers manned by U.S. citizens plundered vessels on behalf of the South American revolutionary José Gervasio Artigas. These privateers' illicit activities in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea revealed the problems that such "borderwaters" posed to U.S. claims of national sovereignty. European officials condemned the failure of the U.S. government to assert sovereignty over its citizens on the high seas, jeopardizing the United States' international standing. Beginning in 1819 U.S. officials implemented effective strategies to repress the privateers and improve the government's reputation among European powers.

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Summoning the State: Northern Farmers and the Transformation of American Politics in the Mid-nineteenth Century

The antebellum period saw the rise of an enormous agricultural reform movement that brought about important innovations in government policy and established new rural institutions such as the annual fair. Ariel Ron shows that these changes largely reflected the particular pathways of northern economic development and had important consequences for the sectional crisis of the 1850s. But they are also worth considering in their own right if we are to understand a countryside that made up the large majority of antebellum society. We know a lot about farmers at the community and regional levels, but we still know very little about how farmers became increasingly interconnected and organized through the fairs, publications, and societies of the agricultural reform movement.

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"The Search for New Forms": Black Power and the Making of the Postmodern City

Cities were fundamental to the rise of the black power movement in the late 1960s, but, as Brian D. Goldstein uncovers, the built environment also served as a crucial medium through which black power proponents imagined the future that would follow from racial self-determination. As the case of Harlem shows, activist architects and planners and their community partners crafted an urban vision that valued existing African American residents and preserved their vibrant neighborhoods. In doing so, they not only offered a rebuke to modernist city building, with its emphasis on clearance and redevelopment, but they also played a thus-far-overlooked role in crafting a new, postmodern urbanism in its place.

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Interchange: Globalization and Its Limits between the American Revolution and the Civil War

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Jay Cook, Konstantin Dierks, Ann V. Fabian, Courtney Fullilove, Amy S. Greenberg, Nicholas Guyatt, Justin Leroy, and Kariann Akemi Yokota

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Book Reviews

Sept. 2016, Vol. 103 No. 2

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


Adams, Urban Reform and Sexual Vice in Progressive-Era Philadelphia: The Faithful and the Fallen, by Thomas C. Mackey
Aiello, Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana, by Anders Walker
Amador, Medicine and Nation Building in the Americas, 1890–1940, by David E. Hayes-Bautista
Anderson, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, by Renee Romano
Archer, Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River, by Maria Lane

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Barbas, Laws of Image: Privacy and Publicity in America, by Tim Gleason
Bentley, Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet, by Deirdre Clemente
Birk, Fostering on the Farm: Child Placement in the Rural Midwest, by Catherine E. Rymph
Blue, The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639–1663, by Mary Sarah Bilder
Brown, Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West, by Joseph E. Taylor III
Bryant, Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship _Antelope_, by Benjamin N. Lawrance
Bryce and Freund, eds., Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada, by Matthew J. O’Brien
Brégent-Heald, Borderland Films: American Cinema, Mexico, and Canada during the Progressive Era, by Desirée J. Garcia
Burr and Kimball, Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War, by John Dumbrell

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Carter, Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago, by Matthew Pehl
Chang, Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China, by Lisong Liu
Charters, Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of the British Armed Forces during the Seven Years’ War, by Ben Mutschler
Chatterjee and Maira, eds., The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent, by Vineeta Singh
Clavin, Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers, by
Cogan, The Complete Bill of Rights: The Drafts, Debates, Sources, and Origins, Second Edition, by Paul Finkelman
Cohen, Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century, by Ralph Young
Cohen, The Social Lives of Poems in Nineteenth-Century America, by Wendy Roberts
Crabtree, Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry in an Age of Revolution, by Emma J. Lapsansky

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Daniels, Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to the New Deal, 1882–1939, by Emily Jane Charnock
DeCanio, Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State, by Joanna Grisinger
Doolen, Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing from the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence, by Brenden Rensink
Dorrien, The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel, by Cynthia Taylor
Driskell Jr., Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics, by Lee Sartain
Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Doug Kiel

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Eby, Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era, by Maureen A. Flanagan
Edling, A Hercules in the Cradle: War, Money, and the American State, 1783–1867, by Stanley L. Engerman
Effinger-Crichlow, Staging Migrations toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones, by Martine Kei Green-Rogers

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Farrell, The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict, by Todd M. Kerstetter
Feldman, The Great Melding: War, the Dixiecrat Rebellion, and the Southern Model for America's New Conservatism; and Feldman, The Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1864–1944, by Katherine Rye Jewell
Felsenstein and Connolly, What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City, by Mary Zboray
Ferguson, Kissinger: 1923-1968; The Idealist, by Jeremi Suri
Finnegan, Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression, by Anna Pegler-Gordon
Fischer, Cattle Colonialism: An Environmental History of the Conquest of California and Hawai‘i, by Andrew Sluyter
Foote and Wongsrichanalai, eds., So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War–Era North, by Zachary W. Dresser
Ford, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul, by Gayle Wald
Fry, Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920–1960, by Charles Hersch
Fry, The American South and the Vietnam War: Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie, by Richard Hughes

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Gallman and Gallagher, eds., Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War, by Anthony W. Lee
Gallo, "No One Helped": Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, by Randy D. McBee
Gardner, Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture, by Mary Beth Mathews
Geidel, Peace Corps Fantasies: How Development Shaped the Global Sixties, by Bob H. Reinhardt
Gellman, The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961, by Craig Allen
Glynn, Reading Publics: New York City's Public Libraries, 1754–1911, by Louise S. Robbins
Gonda, Unjust Deeds: The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, by Walter Greason
Grandin, Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman, by Bruce Cumings
Green, Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding, by Winnifred F Sullivan
Green, Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America, by Patrick W. O’Neil
Gruen, Manifest Destinations: Cities and Tourists in the Nineteenth-Century American West, by Elaine Naylor

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Hall, Emotional Diplomacy: Official Emotion on the International Stage, by Barbara Keys
Henne, Training Citizenship: Ethnizität und Breitensport in Chicago, 1920–1950, by Allen Guttmann
Horowitz, On the Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and a World on the Verge of Change, by William Chafe
Hsu, Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain’s Asia and Comparative Racializations, by Mari Yoshihara

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Ingersoll, Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction, by Eileen Luhr
Irish, The University at War, 1914–25: Britain, France, and the United States, by Gerald Shenk

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Joyce, The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century, by Richard J. Cox

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Kersten and Lang, Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph, by Marek D. Steedman
Kley and Paul, eds., Rural America, by Wayne Franklin
Kollin, Captivating Westerns: The Middle East in the American West, by Stanley Corkin
Kramer, The New Freedom and the Radicals: Woodrow Wilson, Progressive Views of Radicalism, and the Origins of Repressive Tolerance, by Michael Kazin
Kurz, Narrating Contested Lives: The Aesthetics of Life Writing in Human Rights Campaigns, by Meg Jensen

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LeFlouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, by Jasmine Syedullah
Leon, An Image of God: The Catholic Struggle with Eugenics, by Randall Hansen
Littauer, Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties, by Jane Marcellus
Lubet, The "Colored Hero" of Harper's Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery, by Justin Behrend
Lumsden, Black, White, and Red All Over: A Cultural History of the Radical Press in Its Heyday, 1900–1917, by David R. Berman

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Markowitz and Rosner, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, by Jacqueline Wilkie
Masur, Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion, by John Burt
Maxwell, F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, by Kenneth O’Reilly
McCarthy, American Artists against War, 1935–2010, by Jody Patterson
McCracken, Real Men Don't Sing: Crooning in American Culture, by Susan Curtis
McDowell, Harold and Battle, eds., The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration, by Beverly Gage
McPherson, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Civil War, by Paul D. Escott
Meyer , We Are What We Drink: The Temperance Battle in Minnesota, by Lisa M. F. Andersen
Morris, Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press, by Linda J. Lumsden
Morris, Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi, by Helen Laville
Mulford, Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire, by Vivian Bruce Conger
Mullen, Un-American: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution, by Adam Ewing
Myers, Capitalist Family Values: Gender, Work, and Corporate Culture at Boeing, by Eileen Boris

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Newell, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, by Michael Guasco
Nunn, Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination, by Michael T. Bertrand
Nájera, The Borderlands of Race: Mexican Segregation in a South Texas Town, by Raul Ramos

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Owens and Petrov, Empire Maker: Aleksandr Baranov and Russian Colonial Expansion into Alaska and Northern California, by Victoria I. Zhuravleva

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Parker, Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600–2000, by Kevin R. Johnson
Peart and Smith, eds., Practicing Democracy: Popular Politics in the United States from the Constitution to the Civil War, by Paul E. Doutrich
Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution, by Christopher Magra
Porter, Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Borderlands, 1750–1846, by Rebecca Sharpless
Potts, Wesleyan University, 1910–1970: Academic Ambition and Middle-Class America, by Burton J. Bledstein
Prakash, Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive, by David J. Siemers
Priewe, Textualizing Illness: Medicine and Culture in New England, 1620–1730, by Rebecca J Tannenbaum

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Quiroz , ed., Leaders of the Mexican American Generation: Biographical Essays, by Jerry García

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Reinhardt, The End of a Global Pox: America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era, by N. Pieter M. O’Leary
Rivas-Rodriguez, Texas Mexican Americans and Postwar Civil Rights, by Michelle Hall Kells
Roberts, The Farm Security Administration and Rural Rehabilitation in the South, by Neil M. Maher Jr.
Rorabaugh, American Hippies, by Michael J. Kramer

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Sachs, Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier, by Andrea Watkins
Sammond, Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation, by Christopher J. Smith
Saxon and Haynes, eds., Contested Empire: Rethinking the Texas Revolution, by Timothy Bowman
Schermerhorn, The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860, by Joseph P. Reidy
Schiller, Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism, by Kevin Mattson
Schudson, The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945–1975, by David McCarthy
Shah, Sex Ed, Segregated: The Quest for Sexual Knowledge in Progressive–Era America, by Leigh Ann Wheeler
Silkey, Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism, by Melinda Plastas
Simmons, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans, by Katherine Charron
Southard, Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, by Chad Diehl
Stefani, Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920–1970, by Kimberly K. Little
Stein, Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity, 1830–1934, by Alexandra Stern
Strickland, Unequal Freedoms: Ethnicity, Race, and White Supremacy in Civil War–Era Charleston, by Janet Hudson
Sturkey and Hale, To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools, by Jinx C. Broussard
Szylvian, The Mutual Housing Experiment: New Deal Communities for the Urban Middle Class, by Nicholas Dagen Bloom

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Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
Tang, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the New York City Hyperghetto, by Yen Le Espiritu
Thrasher, Fight Sports and American Masculinity: Salvation in Violence from 1607 to the Present, by Olaf Stieglitz
Torget, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850, by Todd W. Wahlstrom
Traylor, Born of Water and Spirit: The Baptist Impulse in Kentucky, 1776–1860, by Frederick A. Bode
Turner, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties, by Craig J. Peariso
Turner, Cole and Sharpless, eds., Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, by Cynthia E. Orozco

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Uddin, Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto, by Mark V. Barrow Jr.

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Voyles, Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country, by James Wyatt Feldman

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Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921, by Keith P. Feldman
Watry, Diplomacy at the Brink: Eisenhower, Churchill and Eden in the Cold War, by T. Michael Ruddy
Weingarten, Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880–1940, by Simone M. Caron
White, Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights, by Fred Fejes
Wise and Rowland, Rebellion, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 1861–1893: The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina,_Volume 2_, by Shepherd W. McKinley
Woolford, This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States, by Charles L. Glenn

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Young, We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics, by Matthew Sutton

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Zeigler, Red Scare Racism And Cold War Black Radicalism, by Bill Mullen
Zimmer, Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America, by Timothy Messer-Kruse

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Digital History Reviews

Colonial North American Project, by Mark Boonshoft Read Online >

Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854–1865, by Aaron Astor Read Online >

Remembering Lincoln, by Kimberly N. Kutz Read Online >

Photogrammar, by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Read Online >

First Days Project, by Krystyn R. Moon Read Online >

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Editor's Annual Report, 2015–2016

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Letters to the Editor

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Recent Scholarship

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