The Law and the Gospel

In his new, excellent book on Puritanism, Baird Tipson emphasizes that this life of faith accrued assurance of salvation over the long haul. Conversion was not a moment; it was more like momentum.

Selling Misery Abroad

Few topics in Atlantic history elicit more debate or stronger feelings than the transatlantic slave trade.

The Birth of Population

What Farrell lays out is a fascinating spectacle, a colonial practice of counting bodies that is perpetually collapsing and producing odd, indeterminate results, even as it consolidates its conceptual hold as a way of thinking about human communities.

The Relational Turn

Wigginton reveals the many different kinds of American women—including women of color, lower-status women, and dissenting or exiled women—who participated in the public dialogues that helped to constitute an American sense of national identity.

A Nation Apart, Together

Because of their insistence on pacifism, Quakers historically have been treated as suspicious, at best, or traitors, at worst.

Conjecturing Histories

Gretchen J. Woertendyke unsettles and unmoors our geographic conceptions, whether arranged by nation, region, continent, or hemisphere.

Bibles, American Style

John Fea argues that the American Bible Society was an eminently American institution that sought to build a Christian nation.

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael J. Drexler, eds., The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 432 pp., $55.

Revolutionary Neighbors

Many of the essays in Dillon’s and Drexler’s book focus on incidents of “obscured interdependence,” moments when the United States’s very attempts to distance itself from Haiti reveal the presence of a deep and abiding, if disavowed, relationship between the revolutionary neighbors.

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