Journal of American History

June 2013

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Volume 100, No. 1

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The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Faubourg Tremé in New Orleans has been described as the oldest black neighborhood in America. In his article, Pierre Force uses as his starting point a dispute in 1813 over the payments for a house between a white man and a free man of color that took place in Tremé. Attempting to find out more about both parties to the case (won by the free man of color), Force reconstructs each man's family history and follows the archival track on a journey to Cuba, Haiti, France, Spain, and Senegal. What might have seemed at first sight like a random encounter between representatives of two different racial groups emerges as a story of shared ancestries and cultural references, as well as shifting allegiances and identities.

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Status across Borders: Roger Taney, Black British Subjects, and a Diplomatic Antecedent to the Dred Scott Decision

Michael A. Schoeppner offers a fresh interpretation of the origins of then–attorney general Roger B. Taney’s 1832 opinion on the Negro Seamen Acts. Historians and legal scholars, many of them looking backward from the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision, have cited that opinion as Taney's first official examination of the racial limits of American citizenship. As a rule, however, they have not examined the history of the opinion itself. Inspired by recent work in transnational history, Schoeppner lays out that history and suggests that Taney’s primary purpose in writing the opinion had very little to do with African Americans. Rather, he argues, Taney was more concerned with limiting the international legal force of British imperial racial policies, and his use of history as a way of limiting the meaning of citizenship and subjecthood was a tactical response to British racial progressivism.

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“Punishment of Mere Political Advocacy”: The fbi, Teamsters Local 544, and the Origins of the 1941 Smith Act Case

Donna T. Haverty-Stacke explores how the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s fear of fifth column infiltration and sabotage of the nation’s wartime preparedness program, along with the efforts of a grassroots working-class anticommunist movement in Minneapolis, led to the 1941 prosecution of twenty-nine Trotskyist antiwar activists and union leaders for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government. Her article probes the World War II-era compromise certain Americans were willing to make between First Amendment rights and national security, and considers the consequences for organized labor, political dissent, and free speech. In so doing, this study provides a historical perspective on similar bargains struck today as America finds itself in a state of perpetual war on terror.

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State of the Field: American Environmental History

The World with Us: The State of American Environmental History

Editor's ChoiceSince the Journal of American History last published a round table on the subject in 1990, American environmental history has seen explosive growth. Paul S. Sutter takes us on a selective tour of this expansive field, paying particular attention to questions of environmental causation and the ways environmental historians have replaced the once-firm categories of nature and culture with various approaches to environmental hybridity. That hybrid turn, Sutter suggests, has been analytically essential, yet it has also left the field at a moral crossroads. Following Sutter’s essay David Igler, Christof Mauch, Gregg Mitman, Linda Nash, Helen M. Rozwadowski, and Bron Taylor offer critical responses.

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  • On Vital Areas, Categories, and New Opportunities
    David Igler (pp. 120–123) Read Online >

  • Which World Is with Us? A Tocquevillian View on American Environmental History
    Christof Mauch (pp. 124–127) Read Online >

  • Living in a Material World
    Gregg Mitman (pp. 128–130) Read Online >

  • Furthering the Environmental Turn
    Linda Nash (pp. 131–135) Read Online >

  • The Promise of Ocean History for Environmental History
    Helen M. Rozwadowski (pp. 136–139) Read Online >

  • “It’s Not All about Us”: Reflections on the State of American Environmental History
    Bron Taylor (pp. 140–144) Read Online >

  • Nature Is History
    Paul S. Sutter (pp. 145–148) Read Online >

Exhibition Reviews

  • “Introduction,” by Brian Horrigan and Kathleen Franz (pp. 149)
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  • Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage (Memorial to the abolition of slavery)by Peter Hinks (pp. 150)
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  • “The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,” by Seth C. Bruggeman (pp. 155)
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  • “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” by Jordan Grant (pp. 158)
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  • “An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War,” by Rick Beard (pp. 162)
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  • History Colorado Center, by Janet Ore (pp. 165)
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  • “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” by Dylan S. Gottlieb (pp. 170)
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Book Reviews

June 2013, Vol. 100 No. 1

Alphabetical by the last name of the book's first author or editor.

  • Agar, Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, by Nicolas Rasmussen
  • Arellano, Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of Community and Nation, by Bruce E. Baker
  • Aronowitz, Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals, by Jeffrey W. Coker
  • Auerbach, Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship, by Christopher Robé
  • Austin, Quaker Brotherhood: Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917–1950, by James Emmett Ryan
  • Banner, Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, by Hilary Radner
  • Barrett and Holland, Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis, by Alice L. George
  • Bass, Those about Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W. E. B. Du Bois, by Dominic J. Capeci Jr.
  • Bates, The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford, by Kevin Boyle
  • Beatty-Medina and Rinehart, eds., Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-natives in the Lower Great Lakes, 1700–1850, by Larry L. Nelson
  • Bell, We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States, by Amy Gilman Srebnick
  • Belletto and Grausam, eds., American Literature and Culture in an Age of Cold War: A Critical Reassessment, by Robert Genter
  • Belmessous, ed., Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500–1920, by Yasuhide Kawashima
  • Benemann, Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade, by Peter Boag
  • Berebitsky, Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power, and Desire, by Angel Kwolek-Folland
  • Bergler, The Juvenilization of American Christianity, by Todd M. Brenneman
  • Blackford, Making Seafood Sustainable: American Experiences in Global Perspective, by Christine Keiner
  • Blevins, Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South, by Aaron K. Ketchell
  • Bodroghkozy, Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement, by Kimberly K. Little
  • Boris and Klein, Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State, by Susan L. Smith
  • Braund, ed., Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812, by David Andrew Nichols
  • Briggs, Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption, by Joanna L. Grossman
  • Brinkmann, Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago, by Lila Corwin Berman
  • Brückner, ed., Early American Cartographies, by David Bernstein
  • Bruggeman, ed., Born in the U.S.A.: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory, by Jennifer Pustz
  • Bunn, The Truth Machine: A Social History of the Lie Detector, by John Philipp Baesler
  • Cahill, Liberty of the Imagination: Aesthetic Theory, Literary Form, and Politics in the Early United States, by Catherine O’Donnell
  • Campbell, Speculators in Empire: Iroquoia and the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix, by William A. Starna
  • Carenen, The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel, by Darren Dochuk
  • Carlson and Ebel, eds., From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America, by Jeffrey Williams
  • Chambers, Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic, by Robert E. Cray Jr.
  • Cohen, The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement, by Deborah Dash Moore
  • Cohen and Stein, eds., Early African American Print Culture, by Sarah N. Roth
  • Cohn, The Latin American Literary Boom and U.S. Nationalism during the Cold War, by Helen Delpar
  • Cole and Ring, eds., The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South, by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
  • Coleman, Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, a Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation, by Anne F. Hyde
  • Cooper and Knock, eds., Jefferson, Lincoln, and Wilson: The American Dilemma of Race and Democracy, by Stephen E. Maizlish
  • Corn, Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, by Abigail M. Markwyn
  • Cullinane, Liberty and American Anti-imperialism, 1898–1909, by Bonnie M. Miller
  • Curran, Shaping American Catholicism: Maryland and New York, 1805–1915, by Ryan K. Smith
  • Danielson, War’s Desolating Scourge: The Union’s Occupation of North Alabama, by Judkin Browning
  • Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America, by William L. Van Deburg
  • Delegard, Battling Miss Bolsheviki: The Origins of Female Conservatism in the United States, by Sylvia D. Hoffert
  • Dickson, Sustaining Southern Identity: Douglas Southall Freeman and Memory in the Modern South, by James S. Humphreys
  • Dinius, The Camera and the Press: American Visual and Print Culture in the Age of the Daguerreotype, by Susan S. Williams
  • Donohue, ed., Liberty and Justice for All? Rethinking Politics in Cold War America, by Martha Biondi
  • Downs, Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Marie Jenkins Schwartz
  • Edwards, The Right of the Protestant Left: God’s Totalitarianism, by Matthew Sutton
  • Erben, A Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania, by Katherine Carté Engel
  • Erekson, Everybody’s History: Indiana’s Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President’s Past, by Gerald J. Prokopowicz
  • Federici, The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, by Douglas Ambrose
  • Flood, Rape in Chicago: Race, Myth, and the Courts, by Danielle L. McGuire
  • Fojas and Guevarra, eds., Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific, by Mina Yang
  • Forman, One Night on tv Is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television, by Steve Waksman
  • Freund, American Sunshine: Diseases of Darkness and the Quest for Natural Light, by Jennifer Lisa Koslow
  • Friedman, Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations, by Rob Kroes
  • Galambos, The Creative Society: And the Price Americans Paid for It, by Burton J. Bledstein
  • Garcia, Psychology Comes to Harlem: Rethinking the Race Question in Twentieth-Century America, by Amy E. Carreiro
  • Gilpin, John Brown Still Lives! America’s Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality, and Change, by Andrew Taylor
  • González and Torres, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, by David Greenberg
  • Green, The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash That Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine, by Benjamin James Justice
  • Greene and Watkins, eds., Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America, by Gregory J. Higby
  • Hall, Mountains on the Market: Industry, the Environment, and the South, by Aaron Marrs
  • Hardack, ”Not Altogether Human“: Pantheism and the Dark Nature of the American Renaissance, by Robert D. Habich
  • Harrington, Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War, by Paul Steege
  • Harris, The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics, by Clayborne Carson
  • Heefner, The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland, by Shane J. Maddock
  • Hernández, Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century: A History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, by Douglas Monroy
  • Hoff, The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History, by Edward D. Berkowitz
  • Hoffman, Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930, by Jan Gregoire Coombs
  • Hopkinson, Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, by Michael T. Bertrand
  • Hurtado, Herbert Eugene Bolton: Historian of the American Borderlands, by John Nieto-Phillips
  • Jarvinen, The Rise of Spanish-Language Filmmaking: Out from Hollywood’s Shadow, 1929–1939, by David Welky
  • Kaliss, Men’s College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality: Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship, and American Democracy, by Courtney Michelle Smith
  • Keating, Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago, by John P. Bowes
  • Knott, Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics, by Melvyn P. Leffler
  • Kuzmarov, Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation-Building in the American Century, by William Thomas Allison
  • Levario, Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy, by Casey Walsh
  • Levenstein, Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry about What We Eat, by Katherine Leonard Turner
  • Levin, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, by Chad Williams
  • Lewis, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic, by Carol Lasser
  • Lichtenstein and Shermer, eds., The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, by Robyn L. Muncy
  • Lindquist, Race, Social Science, and the Crisis of Manhood, 1890–1970: We Are the Supermen, by R. Fred Wacker
  • Littlejohn and Ford, Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk’s Public Schools, by Leland Ware
  • Livingston, Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture Is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul, by David Steigerwald
  • Looney, ed., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, vol. 6: 11 March to 27 November 1813, by Robert M. S. McDonald
  • Lorenz, Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed, by Terence Kehoe
  • Mack, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer, by Mary L. Dudziak
  • Manca, George Washington’s Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon, by Stuart Leibiger
  • Mariño and Pruessen, eds., Fifty Years of Revolution: Perspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World, by Stephen G. Rabe
  • Mathes, Divinely Guided: The California Work of the Women’s National Indian Association, by Katherine M.B. Osburn
  • McCammon, The U.S. Women’s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation: A More Just Verdict, by Serena Mayeri
  • Mckiernan-González, Fevered Measures: Public Health and Race at the Texas-Mexico Border, 1848–1942, by Elliott Young
  • McKivigan, ed., The Frederick Douglass Papers, vol. 1: Correspondence Series 3; 1842–1852, by William B. Rogers
  • Melnick, American Showman: Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908–1935, by Charles Musser
  • Meringolo, Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History, by Samuel J. Redman
  • Miles, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, by Alan Gallay
  • Millard, Beatlemania: Technology, Business, and Teen Culture in Cold War America, by Diane Elisabeth Pecknold
  • Millner, Fever Reading: Affect and Reading Badly in the Early American Public Sphere, by James L. Machor
  • Mitchell, West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900–1930, by Elizabeth R. Escobedo
  • Mitchell, They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California, by Dionicio Valdés
  • Morris, The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples from Hernando de Soto to Hurricane Katrina, by Ted Steinberg
  • Mulderink, New Bedford’s Civil War, by Russell L. Johnson
  • Nguyen, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam, by David L. Anderson
  • Nightingale, Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities, by Brett V. Gadsden
  • Nuxoll, ed., The Selected Papers of John Jay, vol. 2, 1780–1782, by Richard Leffler
  • O’Malley, Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race in America, by Andrew W. Kahrl
  • Ott, Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, by Michael Kammen
  • Paddison, American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California, by Najia Aarim-Heriot
  • Paulin, Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in U.S. Drama and Fiction, by Ann Holder
  • Peters, The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era, by David E. Settje
  • Phillips, Epic in American Culture: Settlement to Reconstruction, by Gregory E. Rutledge
  • Pleck, Not Just Roommates: Cohabitation after the Sexual Revolution, by Katherine Lehman
  • Rabinovitz, Electric Dreamland: Amusement Parks, Movies, and American Modernity, by Woody Register
  • Reid and Bennett, eds., Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction, by Rebecca Sharpless
  • Rhomberg, The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor, by Joseph A. McCartin
  • Ring, The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880–1930, by Edward J. Blum
  • Rivers, Rebels and Runaways: Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Florida, by Junius P. Rodriguez
  • Rogers, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972, by Aldon D. Morris
  • Romanowski, Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies, by Nancy J. Rosenbloom
  • Rushdy, The End of American Lynching, by Julie Buckner Armstrong
  • Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France, by Christina Snyder
  • Rzeczkowski, Uniting the Tribes: The Rise and Fall of Pan-Indian Community on the Crow Reservation, by Sherry L. Smith
  • Sasson, Yearning for the New Age: Laura Holloway-Langford and Late Victorian Spirituality, by Louis J. Kern
  • Schenbeck, Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943, by Harvey G. Cohen
  • Schweber, Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe, by Rebecca S. Lowen
  • Schweninger, Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law, by David Silkenat
  • Slotkin, The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution, by Brian Steel Wills
  • Smith and Frehner, eds., Indians and Energy: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest, by Paul C. Rosier
  • Spencer, In the Crossfire: Marcus Foster and the Troubled History of American School Reform, by Barbara J. Shircliffe
  • Spitzer, ed., American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century, by E. Douglas Bomberger
  • Stanley, The Poco Field: An American Story of Place, by Lou Martin
  • Steele, Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood, by Kevin J. Hayes
  • Stern, The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality, by Alice L. George
  • Swanson, Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape, by Tycho de Boer
  • Swartz, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism, by Mark Thomas Edwards
  • Szasz, Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World, by Margot A. Henriksen
  • Tillet, Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post–Civil Rights Imagination, by Scot French
  • Tobbell, Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and Its Consequences, by Jeremy Greene
  • Tucker, The China Threat: Memories, Myths, and Realities in the 1950s, by Guangqiu Xu
  • Tudda, A Cold War Turning Point: Nixon and China, 1969–1972, by Hongshan Li
  • Turner, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by Jared Farmer
  • Turner, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964, by Ryan Edgington
  • Verbrugge, Active Bodies: A History of Women’s Physical Education in Twentieth-Century America, by Lynne Curry
  • Waldschmidt-Nelson, Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Struggle for Black Equality in America, by Michael Keith Honey
  • Ward, The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice, by Bryan Wagner
  • Watson, Buying America from the Indians: Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Native Land Rights, by Bruce L. Benson
  • Winston, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media, by Tona J. Hangen
  • Yamin, American Marriage: A Political Institution, by Norma Basch
  • Zesch, The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871, by Erika Lee
  • Zieger, ed., Life and Labor in the New New South, by Eric Arnesen

Movie Reviews

Digital History Reviews

  • Smithsonian’s History Explorer, by Rachel G. Ragland (p. 321) Read online >
  • Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship, by Julie Winch (p. 322) Read online >
  • National Jukebox: Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress;and Lift Every Voice: Music in American Life, by John W. Troutman (p. 323) Read online >
  • New York Philharmonic: Digital Archives, by Zoë Lang (p. 325) Read online >
  • Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the American City, by LaDale C. Winling (p. 326) Read online >


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This illustration shows free women of color in Saint Domingue in the 1760s. The woman on the right is buying flowers from a street peddler. From an original print by Agostino Brunias (1730— 1796), an artist who depicted colonial life in the Caribbean from 1765—1768. Reprinted from Pierre de Vaissière, Saint-Domingue. La société et la vie créoles sous l’ancien régime (1629—1789) (Pierre de Vaissière, Saint-Domingue. The society and the life of creoles under the ancien régime [1629’1789]) (Paris, 1909). See Pierre Force, “The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,” 21.

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