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American History

Addressing America

| Filed under: American History, New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations, U.S. Foreign Relations
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In his presidential Farewell Address of 1796, George Washington presented a series of maxims to guide the construction of a wise foreign policy. He believed, as did generations of his adherents, that if the United States stayed true to the principles he discussed, the country…

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Dissolving Tensions

| Filed under: American History, New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations, U.S. Foreign Relations
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Dissolving Tensions dismisses the long-held argument that a British-American rapprochement did not occur until the mid-1890s. Instead, author Phillip E. Myers shows that the rapprochement was distinct prior to the Civil War, became more distinctive during the conflict, and continued to take shape afterward. 

 


Citizens and Communities

| Filed under: American History, Civil War Era, Civil War History Readers
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For sixty years the journal Civil War History has presented the best original scholarship in the study of America’s greatest struggle. Civil War History Readers reintroduce the most influential articles published in the journal. From military command, strategy and tactics, to political leadership, race, abolitionism,…

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One Nation Divided by Slavery

| Filed under: American Abolitionism and Antislavery, American History
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In the two decades before the Civil War, free Americans engaged in “history wars” every bit as ferocious as those waged today over the proposed National History Standards or the commemoration at the Smithsonian Institution of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In One Nation Divided…

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Lewis Cass and the Politics of Moderation

| Filed under: American History, Political Science & Politics
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Drawing upon Lewis Cass’s voluminous private papers, correspondence, and published works, Willard Carl Klunder provides the first comprehensive biography of the man who was the Democratic spokesman for the Old Northwest for more than half a century.  A champion of spread-eagle expansionism and an ardent…

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West Virginia’s Civil War–Era Constitution

| Filed under: American History, Civil War Era, History, Regional Interest
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When western Virginians separated from the Commonwealth of Virginia to form West Virginia, the distinctive action reflected five decades of deep dissatisfaction with the Commonwealth’s regressive constitution and the governmental procedures that protected slavery. The westerners’ creation of a new state was revolutionary in the…

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Richard McNemar, Music, and the Western Shaker Communities

and | Filed under: American History, Music
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The arrival of the Shakers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana in the decades after 1805 saw a substantial escalation in the movement. In Richard McNemar, Music, and the Western Shaker Communities, Carol Medlicott and Christian Goodwillie reconstruct a vast repository of early Shaker hymns, using…

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