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) …

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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 …

Books for Fall 2015

History of the U.S. I Timothy B. Smith, The Mississippi Secession Convention: Delegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865 (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2014) ISBN 9781628460971 Don Hickey, Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans (Johns Hopkins University, 2015) ISBN 9781421417042 Betty Wood, The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies …

Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats to be Published in Spring 2015

This week, I submitted the index for Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats, which will be published in March 2015. I was asked to write this book by the series editor, Randall Miller, while I was completing Andrew Jackson, Southerner. It was an easy transition from one book to the next, since most …

Books for Spring 2015

On the schedule for the Spring 2015 semester are two sections of the U.S. survey (1865-present) and the Old South course. As usual, I've switched up the books. I also assign articles to supplement the book readings. History of the U.S. II Beth L. Bailey, From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America …

Books for Fall 2014 Courses

I was going to write a blog post about a dream I had last night (in which Jonathan Rees revealed that he was part of a superhero tandem intent on fighting corruption within the history profession), but instead I decided to write about my fall semester book choices. Early U.S. I've abandoned my idea of …

The Evolution of a Book, Pt. 15: Promoting Your Book

(Previous entries in this series: Pts. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14) In August, I wrote my last entry in this series on developing a marketing plan for your book. Having implemented many of those ideas, I wanted to give some insight into what has and hasn't worked for me so far. Once I had a pretty firm idea of …