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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Publications

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 books on early American presidents, 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 and about the Starr Center’s staff and fellows during the past few years. 

 
Articles:

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.


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.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/adam-goodheart/
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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 Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline Titus

“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 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 Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline Titus

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 101, No. 2 (Summer 2008)
(review)
by 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

Journal of Southern History, Vol. 74, No. 2 (May 2008)
(review)
by Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline
A review of Garth E. Pauley’s LBJ’s American Promise: The 1965 Voting Rights Address

The American Scholar, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Autumn 2007)
 The Early End of Consensus
by Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline 
A review of Edward J. Larson’s A Magnificent Catastrophe

New York Times, August 5, 2007
The Days of Their Lives by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart 
A review of Adrian Tinniswood’s The Verneys

New York Times, July 1, 2007
Roman Candles: Wrapped in the Star-Spangled Toga by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

New York Times, May 20, 2007
This Old, Organic House by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

The Public Historian, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Summer 2004)
“Creating Dissonance for the Visitor”: The Heart of the Liberty Bell Controversy 
by Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline

USA Today, January 29, 2007
As Iraqi refugees flee, let’s not forget Vietnam by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart and John R. Bohrer ‘06

New York Times, October 29, 2006
Trail of Tears by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart
A review of Charles Frazier’s Thirteen Moons.

Library of America, October 5,2006 
American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton 
by former Starr Center Director Ted Widmer

Library of America, October 5, 2006 
American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War
by former Starr Center Director Ted Widmer

The American Scholar, Autumn 2006
“Domestic Insurrection: Sowing the Seeds of Disorder in Revolutionary America”
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

National Geographic,  August 2006
Seasons of Smoke by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart
An exploration of the history and landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains.
also: On Assignment: Field Notes from Author Adam Goodheart

New York Times,  July 2, 2006
Ten Days that Changed History
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart

Smithsonian,  July 2006
Back to the Future: A Monument Reborn
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart
This cover story in Smithsonian presents a “biography” of the Patent Office Building, a landmark of the nation’s capital since 1836.
also: Interview with Adam Goodheart, Author of “Back to the Future”

New York Times Book Review,  June 26, 2006
Elizabeth 1.5
by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart

New York Times Magazine,  May 21, 2006
Expanding on Jefferson
by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart

Smithsonian,  April 2006
Home Is the Sailor
One hundred years ago this month, John Paul Jones was welcomed home with great fanfare at the U.S. Naval Academy. But was the body really his?
by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart

New York Times Book Review,  March 19, 2006
Home of the Brave
by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart

New York Times (Op-Ed),  January 31, 2006
The State of Our Union Is Unreal!
by Starr Center Director Ted Widmer

Washington Post, November 13, 2005
Targeting Truman
by Starr Center Director Ted Widmer

Washington Post,  October 5, 2005
Old Hickory The bellowing, bloodstained seventh president is out of vogue, but he’s still in America’s DNA.
by Starr Center Director Ted Widmer

The American Scholar, Autumn 2005
Tea and Fantasy by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart
(PDF file)

Washington Post,  September 11, 2005
A Different Power
by Starr Center Director Ted Widmer

New York Times Book Review (cover story),  August 5, 2005
Setting Them Free
by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart

New York Times Book Review,  February 27, 2005
Martin Van Buren: Original Party Boss
A review by Michael Kazin of Ted Widmer’s book Martin Van Buren.


Books:

imageBrown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the
Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

by former Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline Titus, University of North Carolina Press, 2011

image1861: The Civil War Awakening
by Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart
Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
New York Times Bestseller!


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The Penguin Guide to the American Constitution 
by Starr Center Senior Fellow Richard Beeman 
Penguin Publishers, 2010

 

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Betsy Ross and the Making of America 
by 2009-2010 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Marla Miller 
Henry Holt and Co., 2010

imagePlain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution
by Starr Center Senior Fellow Richard Beeman
Random House, 2009
Winner of the 2010 George Washington Book Prize!


Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead

by Starr Center Fellow Peter Manseau
Henry Holt and Co., 2009

imageVoices of the Chesapeake Bay
by Starr Center Program Manager & Oral History Manager Michael Buckley
Geared Up Publications, 2008; Schiffer Books, 2012


The Road to Freedom: Anti-slavery Activity in Greenfield, Massachusetts

by Starr Center Associate Director Jill Ogline
The Town of Greenfield, 2007

American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War
edited by Ted Widmer
Library of America , 2006

Martin Van Buren
by Ted Widmer, introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger
Times Books, 2004

The Varieties of Political Experience in Eighteenth Century America
by Starr Center Senior Fellow Richard Beeman
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004

The Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln
by Program Manager Kees de Mooy
Philosophical Library, 2004

The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson
by Program Manager Kees de Mooy
Philosophical Library, 2004

The Wisdom of John Adams
by Program Manager Kees de Mooy
Philosophical Library, 2003


Older Articles:

USA Today, 1/11/05
A Suddenly Small World
by C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart

The Washington Post Magazine, 11/7/04 
WC’s American Studies Institute featured in “Worlds Apart”

Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, 9/7/04 
C.V. Starr Scholar Adam Goodheart Awarded Prize for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel

History Now: American History Online, September, 2004 
Teaching American History to Muslim Exchange Students
By Ted Widmer

New York Times Magazine, 7/11/04
Ted Widmer on “Nobody’s Founder,” Alexander Hamilton

The Financial Times (Bangladesh), 6/17/04
Bangladeshi students to take part in US undergraduate student exchange programme

The New York Times, 4/28/04
Bob Woodward’s “Plan of Attack”
by Ted Widmer, C.V. Starr Center Director
(free registration required)

Modern Maturity, the AARP Magazine, May/June 2004
A Change of Heart 
by Adam Goodheart, C.V. Starr Fellow

New York Times, 7/13/03
Slavery’s Past, Paved Over or Forgotten 
by Adam Goodheart, C.V. Starr Fellow

New York Times, 7/3/03
The Ghosts of Jamestown 
by Adam Goodheart, C.V. Starr Fellow