Tag Archives: American history

British America’s trade history

Historian Thomas M. Truxes presents a sweeping history of early American trade and the foundation of the American economy in his new book, The Overseas Trade of British America: A Narrative History (Yale University Press, 2021). Born from seeds planted … Continue reading

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“Female Genius” in the Age of the Constitution

In her new book, Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution (University of Virginia Press, 2022), Boston College Law School Founders Professor of Law Mary Sarah Bilder recounts the life of a pioneering educator … Continue reading

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Unidentified flying objects

On June 24, 1947, a private pilot reported numerous dazzling objects rushing through the sky above Mount Rainier in Washington state. Within a few weeks, hundreds of sightings of flying saucers were reported to news media, followed by reports of … Continue reading

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Slavery, smuggling, and chocolate

Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate (NYU Press, 2021), written by Boston College graduate Jared Ross Hardesty, recounts the deadly 1743 mutiny aboard the Rising Sun, a schooner involved in smuggling. After completing … Continue reading

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Chicago takes center stage

Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theater and Performance (Northwestern University Press, 2021) brings together leading historians to share the history of theater and performance in Chicago. Boston College Associate Professor of Theatre Stuart J. Hecht is one of the … Continue reading

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How the South Won the Civil War

In a provocative new book, Boston College Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson argues that while the North prevailed in the Civil War, the ideals of the Old South survived and thrived by establishing a foothold in the West. How … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

Award-winning writer and Boston College alumnus Edward Achorn focuses on a critical conjuncture in American history in his new book, Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln (Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic, 2020). He depicts the various … Continue reading

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James Harvey Robinson Prize

BC Associate Professor of History Cynthia Lynn Lyerly and BC alumna Bethany Jay of Salem State University have won the American Historical Association’s James Harvey Robinson Prize for their co-edited book, Understanding and Teaching American Slavery (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016). The James Harvey … Continue reading

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will present “Where Do We Go From Here: Leadership in Turbulent Times” on September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.  Leadership in Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, 2018), Goodwin’s most … Continue reading

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David McCullough

Historian and author David McCullough, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, will give a talk on Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in Robsham Theater. He has written books on Harry S. … Continue reading

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