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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience


As part of its mission to engage as wide an audience as possible, both academic and non-academic, and to uphold the literary craft of the historian, the Center’s staff is actively engaged in research and writing about American history.

In the years since its founding, publications originating at the Starr Center have included several books on early American leaders, as well as dozens of articles in such publications as The New York TimesBoston GlobeChicago TribuneNational GeographicThe American ScholarAmerican HeritageSmithsonian, and many others. 

The following are some selected articles and books that have been published by the Starr Center’s staff and fellows during the past few years.


The New York Times, February 9, 2015
“The Muslims of Early America”
by 2011 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Peter Manseau

The New York Times Magazine, January 15, 2015
“The Weird Science of Naming New Products”
by 2013 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Neal Gabler

The Journal of American History, December 2014
Bacon’s Rebellion in Indian Country”
by 2014-2015 Patrick Henry Fellow James D. Rice

The New York Times, April 30, 2014
“A Fight for Marriage Equality, and Over History”
book review of Jo Becker’s Forcing the Spring
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

The New York Times, April 11, 2014
“Laemmle’s List: A Mogul’s Heroism”
by 2013 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Neal Gabler

Journal of the Civil War Era, March 2014 
“Of Blood and Treasure: Recaptive Africans and the Politics of Slave Trade Suppression”
by former Starr Center Deputy Director Ted Maris-Wolf

Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, September 2013
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Maroon Life and Labor in Virginia’s Dismal Swamp”
by former Starr Center Deputy Director Ted Maris-Wolf

Playboy Magazine, June 18, 2013
“The Diceman Recometh”
by 2013 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Neal Gabler
winner of the 2014 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award

National Geographic, April 2013
“History’s Background: America’s First State Celebrates its ‘founding river’ and More”
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

Washingtonian, August 2012
“Washington Burning: The 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812”
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

The New York Times Opinion Pages: Campaign Stops - Strong Opinions on the 2012 Election -
“Historically Corrected: A series about the uses and abuses of history in politics.” Contributions from Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart, Starr Center Fellow Peter Manseau, and former Starr Center director Ted Widmer, with assistance from student researchers at Washington College.
Contributions span from July 7, 2012 through October 26, 2012.

Washingtonian, April 15, 2011
“Washington in 1861: The New Dawn of Our Nation’s Capital”
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

New York Times Magazine, April 3, 2011 
“How Slavery Really Ended in America”
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

Opinionator: Exclusive Online Commentary from The New York Times: “Disunion” series. One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded. Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart’s contributions span from October 31, 2010 through December 30, 2011.
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“Farmville 1963: The Long, Hot Summer” in The Educational Lockout of 
African Americans: Prince Edward County, Virginia, 1959-1964

University Press of America, 2010
by former Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline Titus

Earlier Publications