Vol. 17 No. 1 :


On the Career

As Marrs makes clear, the career plot of transbellum authors reveals how periodization has distorted what we could know about the works of writers stranded for too long on one side of the Civil War divide.

Post Transbellum?

What happens if we pair “post” and “transbellum”?


“The Binding Strangeness of Each to All”

Attending to “the forms and institutional contexts” that characterized antebellum African American men’s writing, Pratt identifies a political-aesthetic project that he terms “stranger humanism.”


For Brooks, antebellum political abolitionists—not the Populists, not the Progressives—deserve to be remembered as “the most important third-party movement in American history.”

An Un-Founding Father

Sometimes un-knowing our learned assumptions . . . “requires both the associative and the imaginative flexibilities of intellectual and speculative history, respectively.”

Stamp Collection

New things are happening with the Stamp Act, and this volume should signal to a broad range of scholars that 1765 is a good year for deep thinking.

Object Lessons

“The limb in my Fathers arms:” The Environmental and Material Creation of a Treaty Elm Relic

Through its mythic participation in Penn’s Treaty, the wood of the Treaty Elm became saturated with associated moral values and lessons.

The Common School

My Students Discovered a Plantation; Or, an Ad-hoc Methods Class for Non-History Majors

A class’s engagement with the account book of a nineteenth-century plantation teaches painful lessons about the erasures embedded in historical records.

Tales from the Vault

Print Culture and Popular History in the Era of the U.S.-Mexican War

The racial agenda preserved in nineteenth-century print culture resonates with contemporary U.S.-Mexico relations.

Notes on the Text

Rainbow’s Mail-bag

In this 1861 story, white society treats a teenaged African American postal rider with dignity and respect.

Ask the Author

The Imperial Franklin: Revisiting and Revising North America’s Role in the British Empire

Carla Mulford’s new book examines Benjamin Franklin’s approach to empire.