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The Negro

by W. E. B. Du Bois & Robert Gregg University of Pennsylvania Press (November 24, 2014)

A classic rediscovered.


The Settlers' Empire: Colonialism and State Formation in America's Old Northwest

by Bethel Saler University of Pennsylvania Press (October 29, 2014)

The Settlers' Empire examines the peculiar status of the young United States as a postcolonial republic with its own domestic empire by looking at where these dual political responsibilities inevitably collided—in...


American Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

by Leilah Danielson University of Pennsylvania Press (August 12, 2014)

American Gandhi traces the evolving political and religious views of one of the most beloved figures of the American left. Through A. J. Muste's exemplary career as a peace activist and radical, Leilah Danielson...


Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn

by Jean R. Soderlund University of Pennsylvania Press (October 21, 2014)

Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of Lenape Indian encounters with European settlers in the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.


The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 3: Soldier, Scientist, and Politician, 1748-1757

by J. A. Leo Lemay University of Pennsylvania Press (October 01, 2014)

Volume 3 of the acclaimed biography narrates Franklin's growth from printer to public-spirited politician, soldier, and patriot.


The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait

by W. Barksdale Maynard University of Pennsylvania Press (September 12, 2014)

Richly illustrated with seldom-seen historical photographs, paintings, and drawings, The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait is the first book to trace the history and culture of the Brandywine Valley from colonial...


Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City

by Colin Gordon University of Pennsylvania Press (September 12, 2014)

Mapping Decline, illustrated with more than 75 full-color maps, traces the ways private real estate restrictions, local planning and zoning, federal housing policies, and urban renewal encouraged "white flight"...


The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865

by James J. Gigantino II University of Pennsylvania Press (September 15, 2014)

James J. Gigantino II shatters the easy dichotomy between free and slave states in early America. The Ragged Road to Abolition illustrates how slavery in New Jersey persisted until the ratification of the Thirteenth...


New World Orders: Violence, Sanction, and Authority in the Colonial Americas

by John Smolenski & Thomas J. Humphrey University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

New World Orders juxtaposes case studies from Brazil to California to New York to explore the wide variety of legal and extralegal means by which social order was maintained in the early Americas.


Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793

by J. H. Powell, Anna Coxe Toogood, Mary F. Jenkins & Kenneth R. Foster University of Pennsylvania Press (June 10, 2014)

In 1793 a disastrous plague of yellow fever paralyzed Philadelphia, killing thousands of residents and bringing the nation's capital city to a standstill. In this psychological portrait of a city in terror,...


Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China

by C. Pierce Salguero University of Pennsylvania Press (June 10, 2014)

This interdisciplinary study examines the reception of ?yurvedic knowledge and other Indian medical teachings in medieval China through analysis of Buddhist texts, including translations from Indian languages...


How We Elected Lincoln: Personal Recollections

by Abram J. Dittenhoefer & Kathleen Hall Jamieson University of Pennsylvania Press (June 09, 2014)

In How We Elected Lincoln, originally published in 1916 and appearing now for the first time in paperback, we have the only firsthand account of Lincoln's political campaigns.


Domestic Intimacies: Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America

by Brian Connolly University of Pennsylvania Press (April 03, 2014)

Domestic Intimacies upends histories of the family, sexuality, and liberalism in nineteenth-century America by placing incest at the center of all of them, arguing that the simultaneous valorization of sentimental...


Mad Tuscans and Their Families: A History of Mental Disorder in Early Modern Italy

by Elizabeth W. Mellyn University of Pennsylvania Press (April 02, 2014)

Drawing on the rich judicial archives of early modern Florence and its Tuscans domains, Mad Tuscans offers an innovative look at how families and courts of law worked together to forge pragmatic solutions to...


Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California

by Emily E. Straus University of Pennsylvania Press (March 10, 2014)

This sophisticated history of Compton shows how increasing poverty, violence, and public education controversies made an inner-ring suburb resemble a troubled urban center over the course of the twentieth century...


Evening News: Optics, Astronomy, and Journalism in Early Modern Europe

by Eileen Reeves University of Pennsylvania Press (March 11, 2014)

Eileen Reeves examines the ways in which a long-standing association of reportage with covert surveillance and astrological prediction was altered by the near simultaneous emergence of weekly newsheets, the...


Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic

by Doron S. Ben-Atar & Richard D. Brown University of Pennsylvania Press (January 06, 2014)

This fascinating history examines the circumstances of two elderly New Englanders who were prosecuted and sentenced to death for bestiality at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their astonishing cases become...


Subjects unto the Same King: Indians, English, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial New England

by Jenny Hale Pulsipher University of Pennsylvania Press (January 14, 2014)

"Subjects Unto the Same King offers a comprehensive survey of the structure and functionality of authority within and between cultures in seventeenth-century New England."—William and Mary Quarterly


The People's Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age

by Robert MacDougall University of Pennsylvania Press (November 25, 2013)

The People's Network reconstructs the story of U.S. and Canadian independent telephone companies which challenged the Bell System's market domination in the twentieth century, linking the fight to control telecommunications...


Race and the Cherokee Nation: Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century

by Fay A. Yarbrough University of Pennsylvania Press (November 21, 2013)

"We believe by blood only," said a Cherokee resident of Oklahoma, speaking to reporters in 2007 after voting in favor of the Cherokee Nation constitutional amendment limiting its membership. In an election that...


The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power

by Carole Levin University of Pennsylvania Press (November 21, 2013)

With a new introduction that situates the original edition within the emerging genre of cultural biography, the second edition of The Heart and Stomach of a King explores the myriad ways Queen Elizabeth I represented...


To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers

by Lauren Araiza University of Pennsylvania Press (November 14, 2013)

Through the relationships between the African American civil rights groups of the 1960s and 1970s and the United Farm Workers, a primarily Mexican American union, To March for Others examines the complexities...


Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America

by Kathleen Donegan University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Seasons of Misery offers a boldly original account of early English settlement in American by placing catastrophe and crisis at the center of the story. Donegan argues that the constant state of suffering and...


Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World

by Cécile Vidal University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World offers an exceptional collaboration between American, Canadian, and European historians who explore the many ways and means of colonial Louisiana's relations with...


Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America

by Erica Hannickel University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Empire of Vines traces the development of wine culture as grape growing expanded from New York to the Midwest before gaining ascendancy in California—a progression that illustrates viticulture's centrality...


Dangerously Sleepy: Overworked Americans and the Cult of Manly Wakefulness

by Alan Derickson University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

Dangerously Sleepy explores the fraught relations between overwork, sleep deprivation, and public health. Health and labor historian Alan Derickson charts the cultural and political forces behind the overvaluation—and...


Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics

by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer University of Pennsylvania Press (January 09, 2013)

Historian Elizabeth Tandy Shermer examines how Barry Goldwater and elite Phoenix businessmen used policy and federal funds to fashion a postwar "business climate," setting off an interstate competition for investment...


Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War

by Laura A. Belmonte University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

Selling the American Way documents how U.S. officials defined and defended the "American Way of Life" in a quest to promote democratic capitalism and discredit communism, but faced great difficulties in reconciling...


New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty

by Evan Haefeli University of Pennsylvania Press (April 08, 2013)

Evan Haefeli demonstrates how convoluted and uncertain were the beginnings of religious tolerance in America, by giving them an international context.


The Employee: A Political History

by Jean-Christian Vinel University of Pennsylvania Press (July 26, 2013)

The Employee examines how American businesses dominated and influenced labor law as they pushed for an ever-narrower definition of "employee" and maneuvered to exclude workers from the right to organize.


The People of This Generation: The Rise and Fall of the New Left in Philadelphia

by Paul Lyons University of Pennsylvania Press (July 17, 2013)

"A major contribution to the historiography of the New Left in the United Sates."—Journal of American History


Embodied History: The Lives of the Poor in Early Philadelphia

by Simon P. Newman University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

"A useful and readable account of the ways in which the poor were regulated by the emergent disciplinary power of the modern state."—William and Mary Quarterly


Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States

by Teresa Anne Murphy University of Pennsylvania Press (June 07, 2013)

Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States challenges twenty-first-century assumptions of nineteenth-century women's history by tracing the ways women's history was politicized, particularly...


Ellis Island Nation: Immigration Policy and American Identity in the Twentieth Century

by Robert L. Fleegler University of Pennsylvania Press (May 28, 2013)

Examining the shift between American immigrant policy between 1924 and 1964, Ellis Island Nation traces the emergence of "contributionism," the belief that the newcomers from eastern and southern Europe contributed...


Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City Before World War I

by Marcy S. Sacks University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

The period between 1880 and 1915 marked the first sustained migration of black people into New York City as blacks and whites, both together and in opposition, forged the contours of race relations that would...


Imperial Medicine: Patrick Manson and the Conquest of Tropical Disease

by Douglas M. Haynes University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

"Imperial Medicine . . . effectively situates Manson in two very different professional and political locations—China and London—and makes informative connections between the filarial and malarial stages...


Trade, Land, Power: The Struggle for Eastern North America

by Daniel K. Richter University of Pennsylvania Press (April 24, 2013)

In this sweeping collection of essays, one of America's leading colonial historians reexamines struggles between Native peoples and Europeans in early America in terms of how each understood the material basis...


From Abolition to Rights for All: The Making of a Reform Community in the Nineteenth Century

by John T. Cumbler University of Pennsylvania Press (April 23, 2013)

The Civil War was not the end, as is often thought, of reformist activism among abolitionists. After emancipation was achieved, they broadened their struggle to pursue equal rights for women, state medicine,...


Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan

by Burton W. Peretti University of Pennsylvania Press (April 19, 2013)

This dark and dazzling history of New York City nightclub life in the 1920s and '30s explores the complex relationships among urban politicians, social reformers, and the business of vice.


Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England

by J. M. Opal University of Pennsylvania Press (April 19, 2013)

During the first half-century of American independence, a fundamental change in the meaning and morality of ambition emerged. Beyond the Farm blends biography, social history, and cultural history to describe...


The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America

by John Fea University of Pennsylvania Press (April 18, 2013)

In this first full biography of Philip Vickers Fithian, John Fea tells the story of how one young man sought to pursue the life of an eighteenth-century Presbyterian gentleman while continuing to yearn for the...


Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement

by Carol Faulkner University of Pennsylvania Press (April 19, 2013)

Carol Faulkner offers a vivid social history of the way the women's radical reform movement shaped government policy toward former slaves in the Civil War and Reconstruction era.


Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution

by Matthew J. Clavin University of Pennsylvania Press (February 23, 2012)

This book examines how competing narratives about the Haitian Revolution influenced American public culture during the Civil War. It argues that both antislavery and proslavery groups appropriated the symbols...


Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England

by Ann M. Little University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

In 1678, the Puritan minister Samuel Nowell preached a sermon he called "Abraham in Arms," in which he urged his listeners to remember that "Hence it is no wayes unbecoming a Christian to learn to be a Souldier."...


Keeping Up with the Joneses: Envy in American Consumer Society, 1890-1930

by Susan J. Matt University of Pennsylvania Press (April 19, 2013)

"How the Tenth Commandment (that's the one about coveting) became extinct is a tale of how the emotional style of this country mutated within the golden years of the nascent consumer economy, which Susan J....


Peoples of the River Valleys: The Odyssey of the Delaware Indians

by Amy C. Schutt University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

Offers a fresh interpretation of the history of the Delaware, or Lenape, Indians in the context of events in the mid-Atlantic region and the Ohio Valley.


An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America

by Michael Witgen University of Pennsylvania Press (November 29, 2011)

An Infinity of Nations tells the story of the indigenous peoples who ruled the western interior of North America, focusing in particular on the Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains.


Dangerous to Know: Women, Crime, and Notoriety in the Early Republic

by Susan Branson University of Pennsylvania Press (March 26, 2013)

This tale of kidnapping, betrayal, and murder follows the lives of two women on the margins of early nineteenth-century society, showing how they manipulated conventions to further their own ends while redefining...


Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America

by Katherine Carte Engel University of Pennsylvania Press (March 26, 2013)

Catalysts in the birth of evangelicalism, the Moravians supported their religious projects through financial savvy, a distinctive communalism at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and transatlantic commercial networks....


The Shame and the Sorrow: Dutch-Amerindian Encounters in New Netherland

by Donna Merwick University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

During the forty years of the Dutch presence in colonial America, their intrusion led to the betrayal of their own values and the betrayal of the indigenous peoples. They reaped the shame of reproaching themselves...