Upcoming Publications

  • Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America Michael A. Schoeppner. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in March 2019. Available to pre-order now via Cambridge University Press and Amazon. Between 1822 and 1857, eight Southern states barred the ingress of all free black maritime workers. According to lawmakers, they carried a ‘moral contagion’ of abolitionism and black autonomy that could be transmitted to local ... Read more
  • Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia Jessica K. Lowe. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (December 2018). Available to pre-order now via Cambridge University Press and Amazon. On July 4, 1791, the fifteenth anniversary of American Independence, John Crane, a descendant of prominent Virginian families, killed his neighbor’s harvest worker. Murder in the Shenandoah traces the story of this early murder case as ... Read more
  • Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire Sam Erman. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in November 2018. Almost Citizens lays out the tragic story of how the United States denied Puerto Ricans full citizenship following annexation of the island in 1898. As America became an overseas empire, a handful of remarkable Puerto Ricans debated with US legislators, presidents, judges, and others over who ... Read more