Books for Spring 2018

Conspiracy Theories Jovan Byford, Conspiracy Theories: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave, 2011) ISBN 9781137520241 Barna William Donovan, Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious (McFarland, 2011) ISBN 9780786439010 Kathryn Olmsted, Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011) ISBN 9780199753956 Michael William Pfau, The Political Style of Conspiracy: Chase, Summer, and Lincoln …

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Review: Joseph Smith Papers, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846

Last year, Spencer McBride asked me to participate in a blogger event for The Joseph Smith Papers (JSP) that focused on the publication of the volume containing the Council of Fifty Minutes, March 1844-January 1846 (C50). My teaching schedule prevented me from being part of that session, but Spencer graciously sent me a copy of the volume …

Help Choose My Next Book Cover!

You can help me choose my next book cover! In the comments, note which of the below eight images you think would make the best cover for The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson. Use whatever criteria suits you, and add your reasoning in your comment if you want.*     …

Books for Fall 2017

Introduction to Historical Methods Conal Furay and Michael J. Salevouris, The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide, 4th ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2015) ISBN 9781118745441 Mark Gilderhus, History and Historians, 7th ed. (Pearson, 2010) ISBN 9780205687534 Peter Charles Hoffer, Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin (PublicAffairs, 2007) …

2d. Edition of Historical Dictionary of Jacksonian Era & Manifest Destiny Now Available

Yesterday, I received my personal copies of the 2d. edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Jacksonian Era and Manifest Destiny. Terry Corps, the original editor, did an incredible job of providing a nearly comprehensive list of entries for important people, places, and events. For the second edition, I filled in some of the few …

Andrew Jackson, Southerner Now Available as an Audiobook

Planning a holiday road trip? Flying across the country to surprise your parents on Christmas morning? Tired of listening to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?" I bring you good tidings of great joy: The audiobook of Andrew Jackson, Southerner is out just in time for the holidays. You can even listen to a …

Books for Spring 2017 Courses

Introduction to Documentary Editing Mary-Jo Kline and Susan Holbrook Perdue, A Guide to Documentary Editing, 3rd. ed.  (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008)--Available for free online at the link Ted Widmer, Martin Van Buren (Times Books, 2004) ISBN 978-0805069228 Old South Bruce Baker, What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2009) …

Books for Fall 2016

American Presidency Randall Balmer, God in the White House: A History (HarperCollins, 2009) ISBN 9780060872588 James Broussard, Ronald Reagan: Champion of Conservative America (Routledge, 2014) ISBN 9780415521956 Evan Cornog, The Power and the Story: How Presidential Narratives Shape America (Penguin, 2004) ISBN 978159420022x Gareth Davies and Julian E. Zelizer, America at the Ballot Box: Elections and Political History (University …

Books for Spring 2016

Conspiracy Theories Michael Barkun, A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Univ. of California Press, 2013) ISBN 9780520276826 D.J. Mulloy, The World of the John Birch Society: Conspiracy, Conservatism, and the Cold War (Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 2014) ISBN 9780826519818 Kathryn Olmsted, Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011) …

New Book Series on Jacksonian America

Beth Salerno and I are co-editing a new book series at Vanderbilt University Press (VUP). Entitled New Perspectives on Jacksonian America, the series will examine the period from 1812-1861, which generally spans the decades when Andrew Jackson was a significant figure in life and death. The chronological definition of the series recognizes the importance of the War …