Cosmic Kinship: John Stewart’s “Sensate Matter” in the Early Republic
Holy Man, Holy Head: John Wesley’s Busts in the Atlantic World
Life Beyond Biography: Black Lives and Biographical Research
A Founder of Color
Reconstructing the Absent Center: Looking for Betsy Ross
The Imperial Franklin: Revisiting and Revising North America’s Role in the British Empire
In Lafayette’s Footsteps
An Enduring Partnership
Our Capitalistic Founder
Introducing the Life of an Early Native Writer to a Wider Audience
One Pilgrim’s Progress
The life of Phillis Wheatley, finally!
Reconsidering George Whitefield at 300
Jonathan Edwards, the Church, and the Damaging Great Awakening
The Lincoln We Hope For
Containing Multitudes: The Biography of a Book
Frederick Douglass and George Teamoh
Aaron Burr Redivivus
The Obsessive Richard Hakluyt
The Language of Ladies
On the Career
The Balancing Act
The Not-So-Unfamiliar Jefferson
Making the Irregular Regular
Revealing the Many Faces of the Woman behind the Mask
The Enduring Emerson
Biography and Pseudobiography
These Hours of Backward Clearness
Fiction for the Purposes of History
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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