New Books Network

Sarah A. Seo, “Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom” (Harvard UP, 2019)
When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars. Sarah Seo reveals how the rise of the automobile led us to accept-and expect-pervasive police power. As Policing the Open Road:... Read More
Cynthia Nicoletti, “Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Cynthia Nicoletti is the author of Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Secession on Trial examines the post-Civil War United States as its people attempted to navigate a world where one question continued to loom overhead: Was secession constitutional? Nicoletti... Read More
Jessica Lowe, “Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Jessica Lowe is the author of Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Murder in the Shenandoah follows the criminal case against John Crane, a member of a prominent Virginian family, for the murder of a harvest worker employed by a... Read More
Sam Erman, “Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Sam Erman is the author of Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Almost Citizens recounts the story of how Puerto Rico came to be part of the United States empire at the turn of the 20th Century. More specifically, Erman... Read More
Anne Twitty, “Before Dred Scott: Slavery and Legal Culture in the American Confluence, 1787-1857” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Anne Twitty is the author of Before Dred Scott: Slavery and Legal Culture in the American Confluence, 1787-1857, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Before Dred Scott looks at numerous freedom suits filed in the St. Louis circuit court in order to examine the legal history of slavery and... Read More
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