Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 20:47
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Saloutos Prize of the Immigration History Society

Bailyn's Pulitzer Prize-winning book uses an emigration roster that lists every person officially known to have left Britain for America from December 1773 to March 1776 to reconstruct the lives and motives of those who emigrated to the New World.

"Voyagers to the West is a superb book...It should be equally admired by and equally attractive to the general reader as to the professional historian."--R.C. Simmons, Journal of American Studies

Union and States’ Rights: A History and Interpretation of Interposition, Nullification, and Secession 150 Years After Sumter

Submitted by FHMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 22:18

"The third book in the &LAW series addresses the perpetual issue of state sovereignty in the federal union—‘states’ rights.’ From the 1770s, through the Confederate states’ secession, and continuing until now, a central issue of governance is state power to object to, cancel, or be immune from federal law. The issue is fervently debated in the political arena by Tea Party efforts to limit federal intervention in education and health care; and the nullification movement efforts to prevent federal gun control and marijuana regulations.

Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy

Submitted by FHMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 15:46

"In the war-fevered spring and summer of 1861, a group of slaves in Adams County, Mississippi, conspired to gain their freedom by overthrowing and murdering their white masters. The conspiracy was discovered, the plotters were arrested and tried, and at least forty slaves in and around Natchez were hanged. By November the affair was over, and the planters of the district united to conceal the event behind a veil of silence. In 1971, Winthrop D.

This Republic of Suffering

Submitted by FHMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 13:42

"More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God.

The Spiritual-Industrial Complex: America's Religious Battle against Communism in the Early Cold War

Submitted by FHMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:36

"In his farewell address, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation of the perils of the military-industrial complex. But as Jonathan Herzog shows in this insightful history, Eisenhower had spent his presidency contributing to another, lesser known, Cold War collaboration: the spiritual-industrial complex.

The Spirit of 74: How the American Revolution Began

Submitted by FHMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:30

"Americans know about the Boston Tea Party and “the shot heard ’round the world,” but sixteen months divided these two iconic events, a period that has nearly been lost to history. The Spirit of '74 fills in this gap in our nation’s founding narrative, showing how in these mislaid months, step by step, real people made a revolution.

The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War

Submitted by FHMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:26

"Why did the Confederacy lose the Civil War? Most historians point to the larger number of Union troops, or to the North's greater industrial might. Now, in The South Vs. the South, a leading authority on the Civil War era offers a critical supplementary viewpoint. William Freehling argues that 450,000 Union troops from the South--especially border state whites and southern blacks--helped cost the Confederacy the war. In addition, when the southern border states rejected the Confederacy, half the South's industrial capacity swelled the North's advantage.

The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America

Submitted by FHMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 18:44

"The English had long dreamed of colonizing America, especially after Sir Francis Drake brought home Spanish treasure and dramatic tales from his raids in the Caribbean. Ambitions of finding gold and planting a New World colony seemed within reach when in 1606 Thomas Smythe extended overseas trade with the launch of the Virginia Company. But from the beginning the American enterprise was a disaster. Within two years warfare with Indians and dissent among the settlers threatened to destroy Smythe's Jamestown just as it had Raleigh's Roanoke a generation earlier.