Scalping survivors were visual evidence for the narratives the nation wanted to tell itself.
Little is known? One might well say that far too much is known to hold black lives within the comforting confines of a narrative biography.
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.
What happens if we pair “post” and “transbellum”?
The Civil War was one great eruption of something immanent in human civilization: an ineradicable cycle of violence, a timeless struggle for democracy and freedom.
How can acts of periodization produce historical frameworks commensurate to the vast trauma and shock of the Civil War?
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.”
Sometimes un-knowing our learned assumptions . . . “requires both the associative and the imaginative flexibilities of intellectual and speculative history, respectively.”
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.
Through its mythic participation in Penn’s Treaty, the wood of the Treaty Elm became saturated with associated moral values and lessons.
A class’s engagement with the account book of a nineteenth-century plantation teaches painful lessons about the erasures embedded in historical records.
The racial agenda preserved in nineteenth-century print culture resonates with contemporary U.S.-Mexico relations.
In this 1861 story, white society treats a teenaged African American postal rider with dignity and respect.
Carla Mulford’s new book examines Benjamin Franklin’s approach to empire.