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War, imperialism, interstate conflict, military force—highlighting and reevaluating these concerns as central to the content, form, and context of Henry Adams’s History of the United States lays the groundwork for a new interpretation of the categories of war and force in his thought.
“A Most Insulting Violation,” argues that the successful resolution of the controversy surrounding the burning of the HMS Gaspee (1772) highlights how North American colonists’ decisions about violently resisting British imperial authority rested on a vernacular vision of empire that...
Conventional wisdom holds that “Uncle” Sam Wilson—a Troy, New York, meatpacker who, when he was supplying troops during the War of 1812, stamped his crates “U.S.”—inspired the federal government’s nickname; new evidence suggests, however, that the personification originated earlier,...
Historians have never formed a consensus over the Essex Junto. In fact, though often associated with New England Federalists, propagandists evoked the Junto long after the Federalist Party’s demise in 1824. This article chronicles uses of the term Essex Junto and its significance as it evolved...
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