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Don H. Doyle, "The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War" (Basic Books, 2015)

February 16, 2015

The Cause of All Nations

Don H. Doyle
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Many Americans know about the military side of the Civil War, and the private, official diplomacy of the Civil War is also well documented. The Cause …

Erskine Clarke, "By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth Century Atlantic Odyssey" (Basic Books, 2013)

February 9, 2015

By the Rivers of Water

Erskine Clarke
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Jane Bayard Wilson and John Leighton Wilson were unlikely African missionaries, coming as they did from privileged slaveholding families in Georgia an…

Randy J. Sparks, "Where the Negroes Are Masters" (Harvard UP, 2014)

January 1, 2015

Where the Negroes Are Masters

Randy J. Sparks
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

A kind of biography of the town of Annamaboe, a major slave trading port on Africa's Gold Coast, Randy J. Sparks's book Where the Negroes Are Masters:…

Jason Sokol, "All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn" (Basic Books, 2014)

December 17, 2014

All Eyes Are Upon Us

Jason Sokol
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

When it came to race relations, the post-World War Two North was different -- better -- than the South. Or so white people in the northeast told thems…

Edward E. Baptist, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" (Basic Books, 2014)

September 8, 2014

The Half Has Never Been Told

Edward E. Baptist
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

An unflinching examination of the trauma, violence, opportunism, and vision that combined to create the empire for slavery that was the Old South, Ed …

Christine Knauer, "Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

May 20, 2014

Let Us Fight as Free Men

Christine Knauer
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Recent controversies over integrating the military have focused on issues of gender and sexuality. In the 1940s and 50s, however, the issue was racial…

Steven Noll and David Tegeder, "Ditch of Dreams" (UP of Florida, 2009)

March 19, 2014

Ditch of Dreams

Steven Noll and David Tegeder
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

The environmental movement is such an integral part of our culture -- and especially the culture of the Democratic Party -- that we take its presence …

Michael O'Brien, ed., "The Letters of C. Vann Woodward" (Yale UP, 2013)

February 5, 2014

The Letters of C. Vann Woodward

Michael O'Brien
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Few historians have influenced their field the way that C. Vann Woodward (1908-99) changed the writing of southern history. First at Johns Hopkins and…

Lauren Coodley, "Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual" (U Nebraska Press, 2013)

February 1, 2014

Upton Sinclair

Lauren Coodley
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Everybody knows the author of The Jungle was Upton Sinclair (or, if they're a little confused, they might say Sinclair Lewis). As Lauren Coodley shows…

Nathaniel Millett, "The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World" (UP of Florida, 2013)

December 20, 2013

The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World

Nathaniel Millett
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

This is a very timely book, coming as it does in the midst of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 -- the war that gave birth to the maroon commun…

Mark R. Cheathem, "Andrew Jackson, Southerner" (Louisiana State UP, 2013)

November 16, 2013

Andrew Jackson, Southerner

Mark R. Cheathem
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

What do most Americans know about Andrew Jackson, apart from that he's on the $20 bill and that he apparently had great hair? Probably not much. Maybe…

Jonathan D. Wells, "Women Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth-Century South" (Cambridge UP, 2011)

October 23, 2013

Women Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth-Century South

Jonathan D. Wells
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

It's getting harder and harder to trailblaze in the field of American Studies. More and more, writers have to follow paths created by others, imposing…

Sharon Ann Murphy, "Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010)

October 19, 2013

Investing in Life

Sharon Ann Murphy
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Life insurance! The very word sends shivers of excitement down the spine. OK, maybe not . . . but Sharon Murphy's book on the development of the life …

Simon P. Newman, "A New World of Labor: The Development of Plantation Slavery in the British Atlantic" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2013)

October 10, 2013

A New World of Labor

Simon P. Newman
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Ask most educated people about the development of American slavery, and you're likely to hear something about Virginia or, just maybe, South Carolina.…

W. Caleb McDaniel, "The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Transatlantic Reform" (Louisiana State UP, 2013)

September 20, 2013

The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery

W. Caleb McDaniel
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

How could members of a movement committed to cosmopolitanism accommodate nationalism? How could men and women committed to non-resistance reconcile th…

John K. Thornton, "A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820" (Cambridge UP, 2012)

September 12, 2013

A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820

John K. Thornton
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Thanks in no small part to John K. Thornton, professor of history at Boston University, the field of Atlantic history has emerged as one of the most e…

Mark A. Largent, "Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2012)

September 6, 2013


Mark A. Largent
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Children born in the 1970s and 1980s received just a handful of vaccinations: measles, rubella, and a few others. Beginning the 1990s, the numbers of …

A. Glenn Crothers, "Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth" (UP of Florida, 2012)

August 27, 2013

Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth

A. Glenn Crothers
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Deservedly or not, the members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) are often portrayed as one of history's Good Guys. The Society was the first organi…

Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, "Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2012)

August 10, 2013

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Charlene M. Boyer Lewis
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

What is a celebrity? And how has the definition of celebrity changed over the course of American history? Those questions are central to Charlene M. B…

Marian Moser Jones, "The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2012)

July 26, 2013

The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal

Marian Moser Jones
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Is there an institution in the United States that enjoys a better reputation than the American Red Cross? In her thorough, accessible new book The Ame…

David Vaught, "The Farmer's Game: Baseball in Rural America" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013)

June 22, 2013

The Farmer's Game

David Vaught
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

Contemporary baseball seems like a big city game. Major League Baseball does not have a Green Bay Packers, a small-market team that can contend with t…

Michael Burlingame, "Abraham Lincoln: A Life" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013)

June 12, 2013

Abraham Lincoln

Michael Burlingame
Hosted by Daniel Kilbride

What can be gained from another biography of Abraham Lincoln? A lot, it turns out. Michael Burlingame has been researching the life and times of Abrah…