is the author of Reading These United States: Federal Literacy in the Early Republic, 1776-1830
, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2019. Reading These United States
explores how Americans read, saw, and understood the federal structure of the country in its early years. Drawing on a wide array of sources, from almanacs to textbooks, magazines to novels, and much more, Holt illustrates how Americans imagined their country not necessarily as one homogeneous nation, but as a union of states. Forging national character through local differences, Holt’s work sheds new light on the ways in which U.S. nationalism was created, inversely, by drawing lines between and separating Americans from themselves.
Keri Holt is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Utah State University.
Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.