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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.

imageIn the few years since its founding, publications originating at the Starr Center have included several acclaimed books, 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. 




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.

: 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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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

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

“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

Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Fall 2009)
“Living on the Frontlines: Black Teenagers on the Move to Freedom
by former Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline Titus

Journal of Caribbean History, 43 (1) 2009
Demystifying Bay Street: Black Tuesday and the Radicalization of Bahamian Politics in the 1960s” by former Starr Center Special Projects Manager Nona P. Martin (with Virgil Henry Storr).

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 101, No. 2 (Summer 2008)
(review) by former Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline
A review of Cynthia Carr’s Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America.

Earlier Publications