From Borderlands to Borders: Empires, Nation-States, and the Peoples in Between in North American History



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MAJOR FIELD READING LIST IN AMERICAN HISTORY, c1600-1865.
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Adelman, Jeremy and Stephen Aron. “From Borderlands to Borders: Empires, Nation-States, and the Peoples in Between in North American History.” American Historical Review 104 (1999): 814-41.

Anderson, Virginia DeJohn. “King Philip’s Herds: Indians, Colonists, and the Problem of Livestock in Early New England.” WMQ 49 (1992):  183-209.

_______.Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America . NY, 2004.

Axtell, James. “The White Indians of Colonial America.” WMQ  32 (1975): 55-88.

Bailyn, Bernard. The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson. Cambridge, MA, 1974.

_______. “Politics and Social Structure in Virginia.” In Seventeenth-Century America, edited by James Morton Smith, 90 -115. Westport, CT, 1959.

_______. “The Central Themes of the American Revolution: An Interpretation.” In Essays on the American Revolution, edited by Stephen G. Kurtz and James H. Hutson, 3-31. NY, 1973.

Bender, Thomas, ed. The Antislavery Debate: Capitalism and Abolitionism as a Problem in Historical Interpretation. Berkeley, 1992.

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, MA, 1998.

Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647. London, 1856.

Branson, Susan. “From Daughters of Liberty to Women of the Republic: American Women in the Era of the American Revolution.” In The Practice of U.S. Womens History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues, edited by S. Jay Kleinberg, Eileen Boris, and Vicki L. Ruiz, 50-65. New Brunswick, NJ, 2007.

Breen, T. H. “’Baubles of Britain’: The American and Consumer Revolutions of the Eighteenth Century.” Past and Present 119 (1988): 73-104.

_______. “Ideology and Nationalism on the Eve of the American Revolution: Revisions Once More in Need of Revising.” JAH  83 (1997): 13-39.       

_______. The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence. NY, 2004.

Brewer, John. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688- 1783. NY, 1989.

Brown, Charles Brockden. Wieland or The Transformation: An American Tale.   Philadelphia, 1798.

Brown, Kathleen M.  Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill, 1996.

Burrows, Edwin G. and Michael Wallace. “The American Revolution: The Ideology and Psychology of National Liberation.” Perspectives in American History 6 (1972): 167-306.

Butler, Jon. Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People.

              Cambridge, MA, 1990.

Calloway, Colin G. The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities. Cambridge, UK, 1995.                   

Canny, Nicholas P. “The Ideology of English Colonization: From Ireland to America.” WMQ  30 (1973): 575-98.

Carp, Benjamin L. “Nations of American Rebels: Understanding Nationalism in Revolutionary North America and the Civil War South.” Civil War History 48 (2002): 5-33.

Carr, Lois G. and Lorena S. Walsh. “The Planter’s Wife: The Experience of White Women in Seventeenth-Century Maryland.”  WMQ 34 (1977): 542-71.

Clarke, Erskine. By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey. NY, 2013.

Colley, Linda. Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837. New Haven, 1992.

Cott, Nancy F. The Bonds of Womanhood: «Woman's Sphere» in New England, 1780-1835. New Haven, 1977; 1997.

Crèvecoeur, J. Hector St. John de. Letters from an American Farmer. 1782.

Cronon, William. “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature.” In Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, edited by William Cronon, 69-90. NY, 1996.

_______. “Introduction: In Search of Nature.” In Uncommon Ground. 23-66.

Daston, Lorraine. “The Naturalized Female Intellect.” Science in Context 5 (1992): 209-35.

Davis, David Brion. “Constructing Race: A Reflection.” WMQ 54 (1997): 7-18.

Degler, Carl N. “Slavery and the Genesis of American Race Prejudice.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 2 (1959): 49-66.

Demos, John. “Shame and Guilt in Early New England.”  In Emotion and Social Change: Toward a New Psychohistory, edited by Carol Z. Stearns and Peter N. Stearns, 69-85. NY, 1988.

_______.The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America . NY, 1994.

Diamond, Jared.  Guns, Germs, and Steel, 176-91. NY, 1997.

Donahue, Brian. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord . New Haven, 2004.

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself, edited by David W. Blight. 1845; Boston, 1993.

Dowd, Gregory Evans. “The Indians’ Great Awakening.” In Dowd, A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815, 23-46. Baltimore, 1992.

Earle, Carville V. “Environment, Disease, and Mortality in Early Virginia.” In The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century, 96-125.

*Eastman, Carolyn. “The Indian Censures the White Man: ‘Indian Eloquence’  and American Reading Audiences in the early Republic.” WMQ  65 (2008): 535-64.

Elliott, J. H. Empires of the World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830. New Haven, 2006.

Fenn, Elizabeth. Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People. NY, 2014.

Fischer, David Hackett. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. NY,  1989.

«Forum: Salem Repossessed.» Special issue of WMQ 65  (2008): 301-534.

Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War. NY, 1970; 1995.

Foster, Stephen. “The Godly in Transit: English Popular Protestantism and the Creation of a Puritan Establishment in America.” In Seventeenth-Century New England, 185-238. Boston, 1984.

Franklin, Benjamin. Autobiography.

Gilje, Paul A. “The Rise of Capitalism in the Early Republic.” In Wages of Independence: Capitalism in the Early Republic, edited by Gilje, 1-22. Madison, WI, 1997.

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore, 2002.

Goldfield, David. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation. NY, 2011.

Gordon-Reed, Annette. The Hemingses of Monticello. NY, 2008.

Gosse, Van. “’As a Nation, the English Are Our Friends’: The Emergence of  African American Politics in the British Atlantic World, 1772-1861.”  American Historical Review 113 (2008): 1003-1030.

Greenblatt, Stephen. “Learning to Curse.” In Greenblatt. Learning to Curse, 16- 39.  NY, 1990.

Greene, Jack P. “An Uneasy Connection: Ann Analysis of the Preconditions of the American Revolution.” In Essays, edited by Kurtz and Hutson, 32-80.

Gutiérrez, Ramón. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. Stanford, 1991.

Hall, David D. Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England. NY, 1989.

Hämäläinen, Pekka. The Comanche Empire. New Haven, 2008.

Hatch, Nathan O. “The Origins of Civil Millenialism in America.” WMQ  31 (1974): 407-30.

Henretta, James A. “Families and Farms: Mentalité in Pre-Industrial America.” WMQ 35 (1978): 3-32.

Heyrman, Christine. Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt. NY, 1997.

Higginbotham, Don, “War and State Formation in Revolutionary America.” In Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World, edited by Eliga H. Gould and Peter S. Onuf, 54-71. Baltimore, 2005.

Howe, Daniel Walker . What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.  NY, 2007.

Huston, James. “Property Rights and the Coming of the Civil War.” Journal of Southern History 65 (1999): 249-86.

Hyde, Anne F. Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860. Lincoln, 2011.

Isaac, Rhys. “Preachers and Patriots: Popular Culture and the Revolution in Virginia.” The American Revolution: Explorations in the History of American Radicalism, edited by Alfred F. Young, 125-56. Dekalb, IL, 1976.

Jaffee, David. “Peddlers of Progress and the Transformation of the Rural North, 1760-1860.” JAH 78 (1991): 511-35.

Johnson, Walter. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cottton Kingdom. Cambridge, MA, 2013.

Jordan, Winthrop D. “American Chiaroscuro: The Status and Definition of Mulattoes in the British Colonies.” William and Mary Quarterly  19 (1962): 183-200.

Juster, Susan. “’In a Different Voice’: Male and Female Narratives of Religious Conversion in Post-Revolutionary America.” American Quarterly 41 (1989): 34-62.

Keys, Sarah. “’Like a Roaring Lion’: The Overland Trail as a Sonic Conquest.” JAH 96 (2009): 19-43.

Kloppenberg, James T. “The Virtues of Liberalism: Christianity, Republicanism, and Ethics in Early American Political Discourse.” JAH 74 (1987): 9-33.

Kramnick, Isaac. “The “Great National Discussion’: The Discourse of Politics in 1787.” WMQ 45 (1988): 341-75.

Kupperman, Karen Ordahl. “Climate and Mastery of the Wilderness in Seventeenth-Century New England.” In Seventeenth-Century New England, edited by David D. Hall et al., 3-37. Boston, 1984.

Kulikoff, Allan. “The Transition to Capitalism in Rural America.” WMQ  46 (1989): 120-44.

Lambert, Frank. “’Pedlar in Divinity’: George Whitefield and the Great Awakening, 1737-1745.” JAH 77 (1990): 812-37.

Lamoreaux, Naomi R. “Rethinking the Transition to Capitalism in the Early American Northeast.” Journal of American History 90 (2003): 437-61.

Lewis, Jan. “’The Blessings of Domestic Society’: Thomas Jefferson’s Family and the Transformation of American Politics.” In Jeffersonian Legacies, edited by Peter S. Onuf, 109-46. Charlottesville, 1993.

Lockridge, Kenneth. “Social Change and the Meaning of the American Revolution.” Journal of Social History 6 (1973): 403-39.

Martin, Calvin. “Epilogue: Time and the American Indian.” In The American Indian and the Problem of History, edited by Calvin Martin, 192-220. NY, 1987.

Marshall, P. J. The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783. NY, 2005.

Marx, Leo. “The American Revolution and the American Landscape.” Washington, D. C.  1974.

Meinig, D. W. “AHR Forum: The Continuous Shaping of America: A prospectus for Geographers and Historians.”  AHR 83 (1978): 1186- 1205.

Meranze, Michael. “Culture and Governance: Reflections on the Cultural History of Eighteenth-Century British America.” WMQ  65 (2008):  713-44.

Merchant, Carolyn. “Reinventing Eden: Western Culture as a Recovery Narrative.” In Uncommon Ground, 132-70.

Merrell, James H. “The Indians’ New World: The Catawba Experience.” WMQ 41 (1984): 537-65.

Merrill, Michael. “Putting ‘Capitalism’ in Its Place: A Review of Recent Literature.” WMQ  52 (1995): 19026.

Miller, Perry. “Errand Into the Wilderness.” In Miller. Errand Into the Wilderness, 1-15. Cambridge, MA, 1956.

Moogk, Peter N. “Reluctant Exiles: Emigrants from France in Canada before 1760.” WMQ 46 (1989): 463-505.

Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. NY, 1975.

Murrin, John M. “The Great Inversion, or Court versus Country: A Comparison of the Revolution Settlements in England (1688-1721) and America (1776- 1816). In Three British Revolutions: 1641, 1688, 1776, edited by J. G. A. Pocock, 368-453. Princeton, 1980.

_______. “A Roof without Walls: The Dilemma of American National Identity.” In Beyond Confederation: Origins of the Constitution and American National Identity, edited by Richard Beeman, Stephen Botein, and Edward C. Carter II, 333-48. Chapel Hill, 1987.

Nash, Gary B. The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, MA, 1979.

_______. “Social Change and the Growth of Prerevolutionary Urban Radicalism.” In The American Revolution, edited by Young, 3-36.

Noll, Mark A. America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. NY, 2002.

Norton, Mary Beth, Gutman, Herbert G., and Berlin, Ira. “The Afro-American Family in the Age of Revolution.” In Slavery and Freedom in the Age of the American Revolution, edited by Berlin and Hoffman, 175-91.

Oakes, James. Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. NY2013.

Ortner, Sherry B. “Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture?” In Woman, Culture, and Society, edited by Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Louise Lampher, 67-87. Stanford, 1974.

Pagden, Anthony. Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France c.1500-c.1800. New Haven, 1995.

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. 1776.

Paludan, Phillip Shaw. “Actors and Heroes: The New Social and Economic History of the Civil War. Reviews in American History 18 (1990) 493-99.

Price, Richard. Alabi’s World. Baltimore, 1990.

Ransom, Roger L. “Fact and Counterfact: The Second American Revolution Revisited.”Civil War History 45 (1999): 28-60.

Reis, Elizabeth. “The Devil, the Body, and the Feminine Soul in Puritan New England.” Journal of American History 82 (1995): 15-36.

Richter, Daniel K. “War and Culture: The Iroquois Experience.” WMQ 40 (1983): 528-59.

Rosenberg, Charles E. The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866. Chicago, 1962, 1987.

Royster, Charles. A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783 . Chapel Hill, 1979. 

Seed, Patricia. “Taking Possession and Reading Texts: Establishing the Authority of Overseas Empires.” WMQ 49 (1992): 183-209.

Salisbury, Neil, ed. The Sovereignty and Goodness of God by Mary Rowlandson. Boston, 1997.

Saunt, Claudio. “Go West: Mapping Early American Historiography.” WMQ 65 (2008): 745-78.

Schweitzer, Mary. “The Ratification Paradox in the Great Valley of the Appalachians.” In Empire and Nation, 115-35.

Shammas, Carole. “English-Born and Creole Elites in Turn-of-the-Century Virginia.” In The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society, edited by Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman, 274-96. Chapel Hill, 1979.

Silver, Peter. Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America. NY, 2008.

Slotkin, Richard. Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860. Middletown, CT, 1973.

Stearns, Carol Z. “’Lord Help Me Walk Humbly’: Anger and Sadness in England and America, 1570-1750.” In Emotion and Social Change, 39-68.

Stout, Harry S. Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War. NY, 2006.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Boston, 1854.

Thornton, John. “The African Experience of the 20 Odd Negroes Arriving in

              Virginia in 1619.” WMQ 47 (1990): 477-502.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. NY, 1990.

Vaughan, Alden T. “From White Man to Redskin: Changing Anglo-American Perceptions of the American Indian.” In Vaughan, Roots of American  Racism: Essays on the Colonial Experience, 3-33. NY, 1995.

Waldstreicher, David. In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820. Chapel Hill, 1997.

Weber, David J. The Spanish Frontier in North America. New Haven, 1992.

Whooley, Owen. Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle Over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century. Chicago, 2013.

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Witt, John Fabian. Lincoln's Code: The Laws of war in American History. NY, 2012.

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill, 1969, 1998.

_______. “Rhetoric and Reality in the American Revolution.” WMQ  23 (1966): 3-32.



Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South. NY, 1982; 2007.

Zuckerman, Michael. “The Fabrication of Identity in Early America.” WMQ 34 (1977): 183-214.    


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