New Books Network

Melissa E. Sanchez, “Queer Faith: Reading Promiscuity and Race in the Secular Love Tradition” (NYU Press, 2019)
Putting premodern theology and poetry in dialogue with contemporary theory and politics, Queer Faith: Reading Promiscuity and Race in the Secular Love Tradition (NYU Press, 2019) reassess the commonplace view that a modern veneration of sexual monogamy and fidelity finds its roots in Protestant thought. What if this narrative of... Read More
Michael F. Conlin, “The Constitutional Origins of the American Civil War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In an incisive analysis of over two dozen clauses as well as several ‘unwritten’ rules and practices, The Constitutional Origins of the American Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2019) shows how the Constitution aggravated the sectional conflict over slavery to the point of civil war. Going beyond the fugitive slave... Read More
Amanda L. Tyler, “Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Amanda L. Tyler is the author of Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Habeas Corpus in Wartime is a comprehensive history of the writ of habeas corpus in Anglo-America. From its early beginnings, to the English Habeas... Read More
Matthew Crow, “Thomas Jefferson, Legal History, and the Art of Recollection” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Today I talked to Matthew Crow about his book Thomas Jefferson, Legal History, and the Art of Recollection, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.  Crow studies how Jefferson’s association with legal history was born out of America’s long history as part of an early modern empire and the political... Read More
Hendrik Hartog, “The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North” (UNC Press, 2018)
In this episode of the American Society for Legal History’s podcast Talking Legal History Siobhan talks with Hendrik Hartog about his book The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North (UNC Press, 2018). The Trouble with Minna is also used as a vessel to explore some of the topics discussed... Read More
Bianca Premo, “The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Bianca Premo’s award-winning book The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire, published by Oxford University Press in 2017, makes a powerful yet seemingly simple claim: during the eighteenth century, illiterate ordinary litigants in colonial Spanish America created enlightened ideas and practices by suing their social... Read More
Emily Dufton, “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America” (Basic Books, 2017)
Marijuana. Weed. Cannabis. Pot. Whatever term you use, this intoxicant and medical product leads to long discussions. Emily Dufton visits the podcast to talk about the ups and downs and highs and lows of cannabis in the United States, all detailed in her book Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall... Read More