Thursday, January 17, 2013

Winter Book Suggestions: Part 1

I just got my copy of the program for the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.  This year the meeting will be held on April 11-14 in San Francisco.

I will not be attending this year's meeting, but I always like to peruse the book advertisements in the back of the program to get caught up on what my fellow historians around the country are writing.

Here are some books that caught my eye.  Some of them I have discussed previously on the blog.

This year there were so many books of interest that I decided to divide my recommendations into multiple posts.  Here goes:

Dickson Bruce, Earnestly Contending: Religious Freedom and Pluralism in Antebellum America (Virginia)

John Ragosta, Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed (Virginia).  See John Ragosta and some other historian on C-Span Book TV.

Elaine Breslaw, Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America (NYU)

Richard Beeman, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776 (Basic)

Akhil Reed Amar, America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic).  Check out our coverage on this book here.

Marla Miller, Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman (Westview)

Catherine Brekus, Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America (Yale).

Francis Bremer, Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds (Yale)

Brycchan Carey, From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1657-1761 (Yale)

Andrew Jackson O' Shaughnessy, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of Empire (Yale)

Thomas McGraw, The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy (Harvard)

John Turner, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (Harvard).  See our coverage of this book here and here.

Joshua Piker, The Four Deaths of Acorn Whistler: Telling Stories in Early America (Harvard)

Jeffrey Bolster, The Moral Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in an Age of Sail (Harvard)

Francois Weil, Family Trees: A History of Geography in America (Harvard)

Stay tuned for part II.

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