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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

Leora Auslander is professor of history at the University of Chicago, where she was also the founding director of the Center for Gender Studies, and is a member of the Center for Jewish Studies. She lectures and teaches regularly in Europe, particularly in France and Germany. Her publications include Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France (1996), and Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France (2009). Her work on material culture, gender, and politics has appeared in a number of edited volumes and history journals.

Terry Bouton is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Taming Democracy: “The People,” the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution (2007), winner of the Philip S. Klein Book Prize of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

Christopher Leslie Brown is professor of history at Columbia University, where he is also director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. He is the author of Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (2006) and the coeditor of Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age (2006). His current research centers on the British experience in Africa during the era of the Atlantic slave trade.

Stephen Conway is professor of history at University College London. His publications include The British Isles and the War of American Independence (2000); War, State, and Society in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (2006); and Britain, Ireland, and Continental Europe in the Eighteenth Century: Similarities, Connections, Identities (2011). He has also written extensively on the British army at the time of the American Revolution; several of his articles on this subject have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly.

Caroline Cox is a professor and former chair of the history department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She is the author of A Proper Sense of Honor: Service and Sacrifice in George Washington’s Army (2004) and has published numerous articles concerning military culture in the Revolution. She has also written on diverse periods and topics in the history of childhood, from boy soldiers in the American Revolution to children with diabetes. The latter work appeared as Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin (2009).

Harry T. Dickinson taught at the University of Edinburgh for forty years and remains active there as an emeritus professor of British history. He has lectured (p. xii) widely in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is the author of over 250 books, essays, and articles on aspects of British politics and political ideas between 1688 and 1832, including Liberty and Property: Political Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1977), and The Politics of the People in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1994). His recent work has centered on British reactions to the American and French revolutions.

Max M. Edling is Lecturer in Early North American History at King’s College London. A scholar of the American founding and the early federal government, he is the author of A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State (2003), and of numerous articles and book chapters on fiscal institutions and public finance in the early republic.

Eliga H. Gould is professor of history and chair of the history department at the University of New Hampshire. His most recent book is Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (2012). He is currently writing a brief history of the world of the American Revolution and has also written on the Revolution’s British dimensions.

Edward G. Gray is professor of history at Florida State University. He is the author of New World Babel: Languages and Nations in Early America (1999) and The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler (2007). He is presently writing a book about the Atlantic radical Thomas Paine and his quest to build an iron bridge.

William B. Hart, associate professor of history at Middlebury College, is the author of numerous essays on the backcountry, including “Mohawk Schoolmasters and Catechists in Eighteenth-Century Iroquoia: An Experiment in Fostering Literacy and Religious Change,” in The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492–1800 (2000); and “Black ‘Go-Betweens’ and the Mutability of ‘Race,’ Status, and Identity on New York’s Pre-Revolutionary Frontier,” in Contact Points: North American Frontiers, 1750–1830 (1998). His research on the intersection of race, religion, and identity in Indian country has been featured in several documentaries for which he has served as adviser, including Black Indians: An American Story (2000), and The War That Made America (2006).

Graham Russell Gao Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies at Colgate University. His teaching and research interests include African American, Asian American, labor, and New York City history. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including, most recently, David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City (2010); and, with Gary B. Nash, Friends of Liberty: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and the Betrayal That Divided a Nation: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kościuszko, and Agrippa Hull (2008).

Benjamin H. Irvin is an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona. A social and cultural historian working primarily in the Revolutionary period, he (p. xiii) is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011). His research explores gender, national identity, and violent folk ritual.

Susan Juster is professor of history at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Disorderly Women: Sexual Politics and Evangelicalism in Revolutionary New England (1994), Doomsayers: Anglo-American Prophecy in the Age of Revolution (2003), and most recently of Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic, with Linda Gregerson (2011). She is currently working on a cultural history of religious violence in British North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Jane Kamensky is Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization and chair of the history department at Brandeis University. Her books include The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse (2008) and Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (1997). She is also the coauthor of the novel Blindspot, written jointly with Jill Lepore (2008); and of the forthcoming tenth edition of A People and a Nation (2014). She is currently at work on a book about American artists in London during the age of revolution.

Allan Kulikoff, the Abraham Baldwin Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, University of Georgia, has had a long interest in the American Revolution. His first article concerned Boston in the new nation; his three books deal with slave society in the Chesapeake, the origins of American capitalism, and the development of a class of farmers in the colonies. He is currently working on a book provisionally titled Ben Franklin and the American Dream, after which he will turn to a short book about the economic and social significance of the Revolutionary War.

Edward Larkin is associate professor of English at the University of Delaware, where he is currently also the director of graduate studies. He is the author of Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution (2005) and of a Broadview edition of Paine’s Common Sense (2004). He is working on a book about loyalism and empire in the early American political and literary imagination.

Clare A. Lyons is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland. She is author of Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730–1830 (2006), winner of the Broussard Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early Republic; and “Mapping an Atlantic Sexual Culture: Homoeroticism in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia,” published in the William and Mary Quarterly. Her current research explores colonial and trans-regional sexualities in the Anglo-Oceanic world of the eighteenth century.

Paul W. Mapp is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary. He is the author of The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713–1763 (2011) and the coeditor of Colonial North America and the Atlantic World: A History in Documents (2009). His research interests include early modern geographic thought and imperial rivalry, and the international history of the American Revolution.

(p. xiv) P. J. Marshall is professor emeritus of history at King’s College, University of London. His work has been concerned with history of the British Empire, especially with the eighteenth century. He edited The Oxford History of the British Empire, volume 2, The Eighteenth Century (1998). His most recent books are The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c. 1750–1783 (Oxford, 2005); and Remaking the British Atlantic: The United States and the British Empire after American Independence (2012).

Michael A. McDonnell is associate professor of history at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is author of the prize-winning book The Politics of War: Race, Class, and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia (2007) and coeditor of Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation-Making in the United States, 1776–1865 (2013). He has published numerous articles on the Revolution and is currently finishing a book on Anishinaabe, French, and Métis communities in the Great Lakes in the era of the Atlantic world.

Martha J. McNamara is director of the New England Arts and Architecture Program in the Department of Art at Wellesley College. She specializes in vernacular architecture, landscape history, and material culture studies of early America. Her major publications include From Tavern to Courthouse: Architecture and Ritual in American Law, 1658–1860 (2004) and, as coeditor, New Views of New England: Studies in Material and Visual Culture, 1680–1830 (2012). Her current project is a study of the New England landscape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Jane T. Merritt, associate professor of history at Old Dominion University, is author of At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700–1763 (2003) and “The Gender Frontier Revisited: Native American Women in the Age of Revolution,” in Ethnographies and Exchanges, edited by A. G. Roeber (2008). Besides work on eighteenth-century Native American encounters with Europeans in the mid-Atlantic region, she is currently exploring the tea trade as window into colonial economic policies, the politics of consumption, and the emergence of the United States as a global commercial empire.

Stephen Mihm is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia. He is the author of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States (2007) and the coeditor of Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics (2002). He is also the coauthor, with Nouriel Roubini, of Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (2009). His current research interests include monetary history and the history of standardization.

Gary B. Nash is professor of history emeritus at UCLA and director of the National Center for History in the Schools. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 19941995 and as a member of the National Park Service Second Century Commission in 2008–2010. He has published many books and articles on early American history, the most recent of which is The Liberty Bell (p. xv) (2010). He is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of American Historians, and the American Antiquarian Society.

Catherine O’Donnell is associate professor of history at Arizona State University. She is the author of Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship (2008). Her research on literary culture and on Catholicism has been published in a variety of academic journals.

J. M. Opal is associate professor of history at McGill University. He is the author of Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England (2008) and the editor of Common Sense and Other Writings by Thomas Paine (2012). He is now working on a book about Andrew Jackson and vengeance in American democratic culture. He is also interested in the history of international law and moral philosophy and has published articles in the Journal of American History, Common-place, and History of Education Quarterly.

Sarah M. S. Pearsall is University Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World, and Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge University. She is the author of Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century (2008). Her work focuses on issues of gender and households in the early modern Atlantic world, and she is currently writing a book on early American polygamy.

Mark A. Peterson is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England (1997) and is completing a new book called The City-State of Boston, 1630–1865. His research and writing interests tend to hover near intersections of the material and immaterial in the early modern Atlantic world.

Ray Raphael, retired from teaching, is an independent scholar who twenty years ago turned his attention from California’s regional issues to the Revolutionary era. His several books in that field include A People’s History of the American Revolution (2001), Founding Myths (2004), and Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive (2012). His work integrates “bottom-up” history into the traditional “top-down” national narrative, uses narrative as an analytical tool, and examines the many factors that lead us to tell the stories we do.

Eric Slauter is associate professor of English and director of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago. He is author of The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution (2009) and has published essays on early American culture and politics, on book history, and on Atlantic history in leading journals of history and literary studies. He is currently working on a cultural history of natural rights between 1689 and 1789 and on an environmental and labor history of the first edition of Thoreau’s Walden.

Christopher Tomlins is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of The State and the Unions: Labor Relations, Law, (p. xvi) and the Organized Labor Movement in America, 1880–1960 (1985); Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic (1993); and Freedom, Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580–1865 (2010). With Michael Grossberg, he is coeditor of The Cambridge History of Law in America (2008). His current research concentrates on the historiography of legal history, Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of law and of history, and the Southampton (Virginia) slave rebellion of 1831.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. She is the author of many articles and books on early American history, including A Midwife’s Tale, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991. Her 2001 book, The Age of Homespun, is organized around fourteen domestic items, including a linen tablecloth, two Indian baskets, and a Revolutionary-era yarn reel called a “niddy-noddy.” She is past president of the American Historical Association.

Craig B. Yirush is associate professor of history at UCLA. He is the author of Settlers, Liberty, and Empire: The Roots of Early American Political Theory, 1675–1775 (2011). His current research focuses on indigenous rights in the British Empire.

Rosemarie Zagarri is professor of history at George Mason University. She is the author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (2007), A Woman’s Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution (1995), and other books and articles dealing with politics and ideas in Revolutionary America. In 20092010 she served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Michael Zuckerman has taught history at the University of Pennsylvania since 1965, with visiting appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Johns Hopkins University, and University College Dublin, among others. His first book, Peaceable Kingdoms (1970), helped inaugurate the (no-longer) New Social History. His subsequent works include Friends and Neighbors (1982), Almost Chosen People (1993), Beyond the Century of the Child (2003), and more than a hundred scholarly articles, published in Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the United States. He is currently at work on a book on Benjamin Franklin.