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Society for Historians of the Early American Republic virtual bookstore

With the cancellation of the in-person Society for Historians of the Early American Republic conference, we are inviting attendees to instead browse our virtual bookstore. We are offering a 30% discount on all the books below from July 15 until October 15. To access the discount, add the books you would like to purchase to your cart, and use the promo code HFAR before checking out.

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'The Fabric of Empire' cover image
The Fabric of Empire

A history of the book in the Americas, across deep time, would reveal the origins of a literary tradition woven rather than written. It is in what Danielle Skeehan calls material texts that a people's history and culture is preserved, in their embroidery, their needlework, and their woven cloth. In defining textiles as a form of cultural writing, The Fabric of Empire challenges long-held ideas about authorship, textuality, and the making of books. This book shifts how we look at cultural objects such as books and fabric and provides a material and literary history of resistance among the globally dispossessed.

'The Fabric of Empire' cover image
The Fabric of Empire

A history of the book in the Americas, across deep time, would reveal the origins of a literary tradition woven rather than written. It is in what Danielle Skeehan calls material texts that a people's history and culture is preserved, in their embroidery, their needlework, and their woven cloth. In defining textiles as a form of cultural writing, The Fabric of Empire challenges long-held ideas about authorship, textuality, and the making of books. This book shifts how we look at cultural objects such as books and fabric and provides a material and literary history of resistance among the globally dispossessed.

'Grassroots Leviathan' cover image
Grassroots Leviathan

In this sweeping look at rural society from the American Revolution to the Civil War, Ariel Ron argues that agricultural history is absolutely central to understanding the nation's formative period. Upending the myth that the Civil War pitted an industrial North against an agrarian South, Grassroots Leviathan traces the rise of a powerful agricultural reform movement spurred by northern farmers. Showing that farming dominated the lives of the majority of Americans, in the North and the South, through almost the entire nineteenth century, Ron traces how middle-class farmers in the "Greater Northeast" built a movement of semi-public agricultural societies, fairs, and periodicals that, together, fundamentally recast the relationship of rural people to market forces and governing structures.

'Grassroots Leviathan' cover image
Grassroots Leviathan

In this sweeping look at rural society from the American Revolution to the Civil War, Ariel Ron argues that agricultural history is absolutely central to understanding the nation's formative period. Upending the myth that the Civil War pitted an industrial North against an agrarian South, Grassroots Leviathan traces the rise of a powerful agricultural reform movement spurred by northern farmers. Showing that farming dominated the lives of the majority of Americans, in the North and the South, through almost the entire nineteenth century, Ron traces how middle-class farmers in the "Greater Northeast" built a movement of semi-public agricultural societies, fairs, and periodicals that, together, fundamentally recast the relationship of rural people to market forces and governing structures.

'From Captives to Consuls' cover image
From Captives to Consuls

From 1784 to 1815, hundreds of American sailors were held as "white slaves" in the North African Barbary States. In From Captives to Consuls, Brett Goodin vividly traces the lives of three of these men—Richard O'Brien, James Cathcart, and James Riley—from the Atlantic coast during the American Revolution to North Africa, from Philadelphia to the Louisiana Territories, and finally to the western frontier. This first scholarly biography of American captives in Barbary sifts through their highly curated writings to reveal how ordinary individuals in extraordinary circumstances could maneuver through and contribute to nation-building in early America, all the while advancing their own interests.

'From Captives to Consuls' cover image
From Captives to Consuls

From 1784 to 1815, hundreds of American sailors were held as "white slaves" in the North African Barbary States. In From Captives to Consuls, Brett Goodin vividly traces the lives of three of these men—Richard O'Brien, James Cathcart, and James Riley—from the Atlantic coast during the American Revolution to North Africa, from Philadelphia to the Louisiana Territories, and finally to the western frontier. This first scholarly biography of American captives in Barbary sifts through their highly curated writings to reveal how ordinary individuals in extraordinary circumstances could maneuver through and contribute to nation-building in early America, all the while advancing their own interests.

'Breakaway Americas' cover image
Breakaway Americas

Most Americans know that the state of Texas was once the Republic of Texas—an independent sovereign state that existed from 1836 until its annexation by the United States in 1846. But few are aware that thousands of Americans, inspired by Texas, tried to establish additional sovereign states outside the borders of the early American republic. In Breakaway Americas, Thomas Richards, Jr., examines six such attempts and the groups that supported them: "patriots" who attempted to overthrow British rule in Canada; post-removal Cherokees in Indian Territory; Mormons first in Illinois and then the Salt Lake Valley; Anglo-American overland immigrants in both Mexican California and Oregon; and, of course, Anglo-Americans in Texas.

'Breakaway Americas' cover image
Breakaway Americas

Most Americans know that the state of Texas was once the Republic of Texas—an independent sovereign state that existed from 1836 until its annexation by the United States in 1846. But few are aware that thousands of Americans, inspired by Texas, tried to establish additional sovereign states outside the borders of the early American republic. In Breakaway Americas, Thomas Richards, Jr., examines six such attempts and the groups that supported them: "patriots" who attempted to overthrow British rule in Canada; post-removal Cherokees in Indian Territory; Mormons first in Illinois and then the Salt Lake Valley; Anglo-American overland immigrants in both Mexican California and Oregon; and, of course, Anglo-Americans in Texas.

'The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600–1870' cover image
The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600–1870

The United States has some of the highest levels of both wealth and income inequality in the world. But Daniel R. Mandell argues that, in fact, the United States was originally deeply influenced by the belief that maintaining a "rough" or relative equality of wealth is essential to the cultivation of a successful republican government. Informing current discussions about the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States, The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America is surprising and enlightening.

'The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600–1870' cover image
The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600–1870

The United States has some of the highest levels of both wealth and income inequality in the world. But Daniel R. Mandell argues that, in fact, the United States was originally deeply influenced by the belief that maintaining a "rough" or relative equality of wealth is essential to the cultivation of a successful republican government. Informing current discussions about the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States, The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America is surprising and enlightening.

    

MORE FROM JHUP ON EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (Click to Buy)

'Horace Greeley' cover image
Horace Greeley

A lively portrait of Horace Greeley, one of the nineteenth century's most fascinating public figures.

'Horace Greeley' cover image
Horace Greeley

A lively portrait of Horace Greeley, one of the nineteenth century's most fascinating public figures.

'Entangled Lives' cover image
Entangled Lives

An enlightening look at American women's work in the late eighteenth century.

'Entangled Lives' cover image
Entangled Lives

An enlightening look at American women's work in the late eighteenth century.

'Law and People in Colonial America' cover image
Law and People in Colonial America

An essential, rigorous, and lively introduction to the beginnings of American law.

'Law and People in Colonial America' cover image
Law and People in Colonial America

An essential, rigorous, and lively introduction to the beginnings of American law.

'The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression' cover image
The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression

A major study of a costly and influential Jacksonian-era war.

'The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression' cover image
The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression

A major study of a costly and influential Jacksonian-era war.

'The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression' cover image
The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression

A major study of a costly and influential Jacksonian-era war.

'The Secret History of the Jersey Devil' cover image
The Secret History of the Jersey Devil

A provocative look at the Jersey Devil, a beast born of colonial times that haunts the corners of the Pine Barrens to this day.

'The Secret History of the Jersey Devil' cover image
The Secret History of the Jersey Devil

A provocative look at the Jersey Devil, a beast born of colonial times that haunts the corners of the Pine Barrens to this day.

'Revolutionary Networks' cover image
Revolutionary Networks

A powerful story about the influence of printers, who used their connections to shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization.

'Revolutionary Networks' cover image
Revolutionary Networks

A powerful story about the influence of printers, who used their connections to shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization.

'Revolutionary Networks' cover image
Revolutionary Networks

A powerful story about the influence of printers, who used their connections to shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization.

'Manufacturing Advantage' cover image
Manufacturing Advantage

How manufacturing textiles and guns transformed the US from colonial dependent to military power.

'Manufacturing Advantage' cover image
Manufacturing Advantage

How manufacturing textiles and guns transformed the US from colonial dependent to military power.

'To Antietam Creek' cover image
To Antietam Creek

A richly detailed account of the hard-fought campaign that led to Antietam Creek and changed the course of the Civil War.

'To Antietam Creek' cover image
To Antietam Creek

A richly detailed account of the hard-fought campaign that led to Antietam Creek and changed the course of the Civil War.

'The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America' cover image
The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America

How natural history made sex scientific in the eighteenth century.

'The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America' cover image
The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America

How natural history made sex scientific in the eighteenth century.

'The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America' cover image
The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America

How natural history made sex scientific in the eighteenth century.

'Facing Empire' cover image
Facing Empire

A comprehensive volume that interrogates European imperialism from the perspective of indigenous experiences.

'Facing Empire' cover image
Facing Empire

A comprehensive volume that interrogates European imperialism from the perspective of indigenous experiences.

'Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816−1861' cover image
Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816−1861

The first book-length study of lobbying prior to the Civil War.

'Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816−1861' cover image
Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816−1861

The first book-length study of lobbying prior to the Civil War.

'Maryland' cover image
Maryland

An engaging and accessible introductory history of the people, places, culture, and politics that shaped Maryland.

'Maryland' cover image
Maryland

An engaging and accessible introductory history of the people, places, culture, and politics that shaped Maryland.

'Young Frederick Douglass' cover image
Young Frederick Douglass

"No one working on Douglass should leave home without a copy of this book."—from the foreword by David W. Blight

'Young Frederick Douglass' cover image
Young Frederick Douglass

"No one working on Douglass should leave home without a copy of this book."—from the foreword by David W. Blight

'The Webster-Hayne Debate' cover image
The Webster-Hayne Debate

A crucial senatorial debate on the question of the states’ relationship to the federal government.

'The Webster-Hayne Debate' cover image
The Webster-Hayne Debate

A crucial senatorial debate on the question of the states’ relationship to the federal government.

'The Webster-Hayne Debate' cover image
The Webster-Hayne Debate

A crucial senatorial debate on the question of the states’ relationship to the federal government.

'The Coming of Democracy' cover image
The Coming of Democracy

Mark R. Cheathem examines the evolution of presidential campaigning from 1824 to 1840.

'The Coming of Democracy' cover image
The Coming of Democracy

Mark R. Cheathem examines the evolution of presidential campaigning from 1824 to 1840.

'The Coming of Democracy' cover image
The Coming of Democracy

Mark R. Cheathem examines the evolution of presidential campaigning from 1824 to 1840.

'Sarah Gray Cary from Boston to Grenada' cover image
Sarah Gray Cary from Boston to Grenada

Follow the changing fortunes of an early American family living through tumultuous times.

'Sarah Gray Cary from Boston to Grenada' cover image
Sarah Gray Cary from Boston to Grenada

Follow the changing fortunes of an early American family living through tumultuous times.