“The Greatest Eloquence”: James Cathcart and the Power of Words in Eighteenth-Century Barbary
You Say You Want A Second Revolution?: The War of 1812 and Theater in the United States
How Betsy Ross Became Famous
An American Flag in Japan: Townsend Harris and the materials of diplomacy, 1857-58
Making the Nation
Decoding Lincoln: Middle-school students examine the developing statesman
What is a Loyalist?
Was Dr. Benjamin Church a Traitor?
The Kingness of Mad George
Best in Show
Teaching by Analogy
Thinking Global and Making Local: Mariner’s Art in International Perspective
Think Globally, Reform Locally
A Lost Cause
The Difference in Musical Nationalism
The American Republic and the French Revolution
Suffrage and Citizenship
…And Now For Something Completely Similar
Reconsidering The American Jeremiad
On The American Jeremiad
Rigdon McCoy McIntosh and the Tabor
In this Issue
The Little Picture
Currency Unions Past and Present
From Hondas to Civics
Intimate Atlantics: Toward a critical history of transnational early America
Where in the World is the United States?
Reconsidering Identity in the Early American Republic
The Revolution Heard Round the World
In Search of American Music: Introduction to Common-place 13:2
The Sandbox of Iwo Jima
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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