The racial agenda preserved in nineteenth-century print culture resonates with contemporary U.S.-Mexico relations.
“A Natural Representation of Market-Street, in Philadelphia”: An Attribution, a Story, and Some Thoughts on Future Study
James Kidder’s Market Street painting offers rich fodder for a meditation on the complex histories of private profit and public good in the cultural realm.
The lines between high and low culture were blurry in nineteenth-century America. Dime novels lacked critical acclaim, yet famous authors like Samuel Clemens readily drew from dime novel conventions.
Market Manipulation, the 1780s Way: What a Letter to a Flour Dealer Tells Us About the Early Modern Political Economy
Could we assume that this lowly agent of a midsize flour dealer on the lower Delaware was behaving like Jay Gould a hundred years later?
Nineteenth-century viewers were just as likely to envision war through the more personalized lens of the family album as through the battlefield.
When it came to women being federal employees, Jefferson could not see the light for the lighthouse.
Down and dirty in eighteenth-century London and Boston
Next to Stephen Foster, William Henry Fry was arguably the most important American composer working before the Civil War.
I imagined that my investigations might end up in a decisive graph that would map the number of pages printed against the number of Buddhist converts to Christianity.
This stamp pattern book opens up a rare glimpse into a small nineteenth-century American business, revealing just how many designs one man produced in his lifetime.