I’m already thinking about the books I want to use in next semester’s Jacksonian course, and I have a dilemma. I want to assign the Jacksonian and Antebellum Age essay collection that I edited a few years ago, but I’m reluctant for two reasons.
The first is that I’m afraid it smacks of arrogance to assign my own book. Second, the book only comes in a pricey hardback edition, with a cost of almost $80 new and $40 used on a popular online site.
(Just a note: My contract with the publisher includes royalties, but I haven’t seen a check and, frankly, I don’t expect one will be forthcoming because of poor sales. The 8-10 students who might take the class certainly aren’t going to make a difference.)
My justification for using the book is that the essays cover a broad range of topics that no other book on the Early Republic does. I was fortunate to have junior and senior historians contribute summaries of published work or peeks at new research, some of which has not yet been published in other venues, as far as I know. It’s a solid book and will make a nice supplement to the other books I’m considering.
What would you do, readers?