New Books Network

Kimberly Welch, “Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South” (UNC Press, 2018)
Kimberly Welch is the author of Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Welch is Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Her book explores the history of free and enslaved black Americans use of local courts in the... Read More
Benjamin Meiches, “The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
In The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), Benjamin Meiches takes a novel approach to the study of genocide by analyzing the ways in which ideas, concepts, and understandings about what genocide is and how it is to be prevented have become entrenched politically and intellectually.... Read More
Brian Haara, “Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America” (Potomac Books, 2015)
Bourbon whiskey has been around since nearly the beginning of the United States. Given that longevity, it has been part of the corporate law of the United States since the beginning of the corporate law of the United States. My guest today Brian Haara traces that interconnection in his new... Read More
Marc Stein, “Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe” (UNC Press, 2013)
Focusing on six major Supreme Court cases during the 1960s and 1970s, Marc Stein‘s book Sexual Injustice (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) examines the generally liberal rulings on birth control, abortion, interracial marriage, and obscenity in Griswold, Eisenstadt, Roe, Loving, and Fanny Hill alongside a profoundly conservative ruling on homosexuality in Boutilier. In the same era... Read More
Jonathan Gienapp, “The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In his book, The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press, 2018), Jonathan Gienapp revisits the Founding Era to retell the story of America’s favorite document. Looking at the Constitution’s creation, Gienapp makes a compelling case for why we should reconceptualize just what this... Read More
Robert Louis Wilken, “Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom” (Yale UP, 2019)
Robert Louis Wilken, the William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, has written an intellectual history of the ideas surrounding freedom of religion.  Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom (Yale University Press, 2019) offers a revisionist... Read More
Yuko Miki, “Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Yuko Miki’s book, Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2018), was the recent recipient of LASA’s 19th-century section Honorable Mention for Best Book. Frontiers of Citizenship is a beautifully written book that integrates quite seamlessly the history black and indigenous peoples in 19th-century Brazil.... Read More