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The History Manifesto

Zachary Davis

Zachary Davis

Fellow, Harvard University (1 review)


An irony of our age is that our growing abundance of information seems to be narrowing, not expanding, our gazes. We live in perennial nowness, attention fixed obsessively on What Is Happening? And even as we swell with pride for our data-driven, … read more

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A Perfect War of Politics

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


In the best book yet written on antebellum Louisiana politics, historian John M. Sacher shows us that the state bequeathing America larger than life demagogues has long been the breeding ground for a peculiar brand of politics. If Huey Long and Edwin … read more

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Becoming Free, Remaining Free

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


That slaves struggled so heroically against their bondage can condition historians to treat freedom as a fixed destination, a static state of being defined in moral and material opposition to enslavement. Yet as Judith Kelleher Schafer’s meticulously … read more

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The Origins of the Southern Middle Class, 1800-1861

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


The title of this book says it all. Whereas historians of the Old South have long framed social relations as dominated by the divide between yeoman farmers and aristocratic planters, Jonathan Daniel Wells turns to Southern cities to posit the … read more

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The Sugar Masters

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


Richard Follett’s The Sugar Masters is easily the best historical study of antebellum American sugar plantations, a compliment diminished by the fact that historians fixated on King Cotton have largely overlooked sugar production. Although this … read more

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Black Jacks

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


For readers particularly interested in the seafaring component of Marcus Rediker’s many-headed hydra or Ira Berlin’s Atlantic creoles, W. Jeffrey Bolster’s Black Jacks makes for an engaging, if frustrating read. Delving deeply into the archives, … read more

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A History of Banking in Antebellum America

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


Howard Bodenhorn’s A History of Banking in Antebellum America offers both economic historians and non-specialists a touchstone text describing the development and significance of banking institutions as credit providers in early America, an … read more

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Nativism and Slavery

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


In his well-regarded account of the northern Know Nothings during the 1850s, Tyler Anbinder offers a comprehensive analysis of the complex relationship between nativism and slavery on the eve of the Civil War. Short-lived, secretive, ideologically … read more

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Black Life on the Mississippi

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


For those of us who watched Fess Parker’s Davey Crockett and other backwoods hogwash when we were kids, the Mississippi River has long been the symbol of a particular brand of American freedom: aggressively masculine, white, rollicking, romantic, and … read more

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Business and Slavery

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

PhD Candidate, Harvard University (12 reviews)


Published over seventy years ago, Philip Foner’s Business and Slavery is a book whose time has come. Examining the political attitudes of New York’s commercial community in the turbulent decade preceding the Civil War, Foner advances a provocative, … read more

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