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Journal of American HistoryVol. 93 Iss. 4 (2007)

"The Cause of Her Grief": The Rape of a Slave in Early New England

Wendy Anne Warren

Warren spins a haunting, poignant, and unforgettable narrative out a short excerpt from a seventeenth century travelogue. While the essay reveals the social dynamics of seventeenth century New England, Warren is correct when acknowledging that the work is a commentary on the writing of history as much as anything else.

"A Rare Phenomenon of Philological Vegetation": The Word "Contraband" and the Meanings of Emancipation in the United States

Kate Masur

Masur demonstrates how General Benjamin F. ButlerÍs description of fugitive slaves as contraband of war exposed the fraught status of blacks during the Civil War. Although often redundant, MasurÍs analysis of grassroots sentiments may well balance the existing historiographical preoccupation with ideological treatises.

The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti: A Global History

Lisa McGirr

McGirr successfully uses the trial and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti to illustrate the global networks of radicalism and to demonstrate the importance of the United States in the mind of global radicals.


Ben Wright

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