Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Starr Center Donates 78 New Books to Miller Library

Chestertown, MD — America's first banking collapse, war, slavery and racism, women in politics—these are just some of the subjects, both timely and timeless, of 78 new books the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience donated this month to Washington College's Clifton Miller Library.

The books are copies of entries for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize, the $50,000 award given annually since 2005 for the best book on the founding era in American history. Three distinguished jurors have been heroically poring over all 78 volumes, selecting three finalists to be announced by President Baird Tipson at George Washington's Birthday Convocation on February 20.

The new gift, worth about $2,700, brings to 240 the number of books about the Revolutionary era that have been added to the Miller Library collection since the Prize was created in 2005. Publishers submit five copies of each entry for the prize. Each of the three jurors receives one, the Starr Center keeps one, and the fifth goes to Miller Library.

"It's wonderful to think that these books will be read by students and faculty for many years to come," said Adam Goodheart, the Starr Center's Hodson Trust-Griswold Director. "And not just by those studying history, either—these volumes span fields ranging from art and literature to women's studies and economics."

In 2005, when the Prize was new, the jurors gathered the entries themselves, but in 2006, the Starr Center started soliciting submissions from publishers, and submitted 30 books to the jurors. In 2007, 54 books were submitted. In 2008, the number climbed to 78 books. Coincidentally, there were 78 entries again this year. The books represent nearly every adult trade and academic book published in the past year on the founding era.

Administered by the Starr Center, the George Washington Book Prize is co-sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Books Donated

Alderson, Robert J.; This Bright Era of Happy Revolutions: French Consul Michel-Ange-Bernard Mangourit and International Republicanism in Charleston, 1792-1794 (South Carolina) fifth shipment 10/29

Allen, W. B.; George Washington: America's First Progressive (Peter Lang) sixth shipment 11/13

Baer, Frederike; The Trial of Frederick Eberle: Language, Patriotism, and Citizenship in Philadelphia's German Community, 1790 to 1830 (NYU) fourth shipment 10/20

Bederman, David J.; The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom (Cambridge) seventh shipment 12/2

Bordewich, Fergus M.; Washington: The American Capital (Amistad/HarperCollins) third shipment 10/13

Boulukos, George; The Grateful Slave: The Emergence of Race in Eighteenth-Century British and American Culture (Cambridge) seventh shipment 12/2

Brookhiser, Richard; George Washington on Leadership (Basic) first shipment 8/8

Brown, Meredith Mason; Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America (Louisiana State) seventh shipment 12/2

Burk, Kathleen; Old World, New World: Great Britain and America from the Beginning (Atlantic Monthly Press) eighth shipment 12/19

Burrows, Edwin G.; Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War (Basic) seventh shipment 12/2

Carbone, Gerald M.; Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution (Palgrave MacMillan), fourth shipment 10/20

Carr, J. Revell; Seeds of Discontent: The Deep Roots of the American Revolution, 1650-1750 (Walker) fourth shipment 10/20

Casper, Scott E.; Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon (Hill and Wang) first shipment 8/8

Cerami, Charles A.; Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America (Wiley) eighth shipment 12/19

Crawford, Alan Pell; Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson (Random) third shipment 10/13

Daughan, George C.; If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy—from the Revolution to the War of 1812 (Basic) first shipment 8/8

De Bolla, Peter; The Fourth of July and the Founding of America (Overlook), fourth shipment 10/20

DiLorenzo, Thomas J.; Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution—and What it Means for America Today (CrownForum/Random) third shipment 10/13

Dupont, Christian Y., and Peter Onuf; Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America's Founding Document (Virginia) fifth shipment 10/29

Eustace, Nicole; Passion is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution (UNC/Omohundro) fourth shipment 10/20

Formisano, Ronald P.; For the People: American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s (UNC), fourth shipment 10/20/08

Goldstone, Lawrence; The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review (Walker) fourth shipment 10/20

Gordon-Reed, Annette; The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Norton) second shipment 9/29

Halbrook, Stephen P.; The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms (The Independent Institute) sixth shipment 11/13

Hannings, Bud; Chronology of the American Revolution: Military and Political Actions Day by Day (McFarland) first shipment 8/8

Hayes, Kevin J.; The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas (Virginia) third shipment 10/13

Hayes, Kevin J.; The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (Oxford) second shipment 9/29

Hoffer, Peter Charles; The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr (Kansas) fifth shipment 10/29

Houston, Alan; Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement (Yale) fifth shipment 10/29

Kahler, Gerald E.; The Long Farewell: Americans Mourn the Death of George Washington (Virginia) third shipment 10/13

Kamensky, Jane; The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse (Viking) second shipment 9/29

Kaminski, John P., ed; The Founders on the Founders: Word Portraits from the American Revolutionary era (Virginia) fourth shipment 10/20/08

Kaplan, Catherine O'Donnell; Men of Letters in the Early Republic (UNC/Omohundro) fourth shipment 10/20

Kauffman, Bill; Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin (ISI Books) sixth shipment 11/13

Kermes, Stephanie; Creating an American Identity: New England, 1789-1825 (Palgrave MacMillan) fourth shipment 10/20

Kowalski, Gary; Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers (BlueBridge) fifth shipment 10/29/08

Lanning, Michael Lee; The American Revolution 100: The People, Battles, and Events of the American War for Indpendence, Ranked by their Significance (Sourcebooks) sixth shipment 11/13

Lefkowitz, Arthur S.; Benedict Arnold's Army: The 1775 American Invasion of Canada During the Revolutionary War (Savas Beatie) fifth shipment 10/29

Lockhart, Paul; The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army (Smithsonian/HarperCollins) third shipment 10/13

Luzader, John F.; Saratoga: A Military History of the Decisive Campaign of the American Revolution (Savas Beatie) fifth shipment 10/29

Matsuura, Jeffrey H.; Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls: A Populist Vision of Intellectual Property Rights (Virginia) third shipment 10/13

May, Cedrick; Evangelism and Resistance in the Black Atlantic, 1760-1835 (Georgia) seventh shipment 12/2

McMichael, Andrew; Atlantic Loyalties: Americans in Spanish West Florida, 1785-1810 (Georgia) seventh shipment 12/2

Meyerson, Michael I.; Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World (Basic) first shipment 8/8

Miller, Melanie Randolph; An Incautious Man: The Life of Gouverneur Morris (ISI Books) sixth shipment 11/13

Nash, Gary B., and Graham Russell Gao Hodges; Friends of Liberty, Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and A Tragic Betrayal of Freedom in the New Nation (Basic) first shipment 8/8

Nelson, James L.; George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea (McGrawHill) fifth shipment 10/29

Nester, William R.; The Epic Battles for Ticonderoga, 1758 (SUNY) eighth shipment 12/19

Newman, Richard S.; Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers (NYU) fifth shipment 10/29

Nussbaum, Martha C.; Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality (Basic) first shipment 8/8

Patton, Robert H.; Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution (Pantheon), second shipment 9/26

Phelps, M. William; Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's) fifth shipment 10/29

Piecuch, Jim; Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, and Slaves in the Revolutionary South, 1775-1782 (South Carolina) fifth shipment 10/29

Puls, Mark; Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution (Palgrave/MacMillan) second shipment 9/29

Raab, James W.; Spain, Britain and the American Revolution in Florida, 1763-1783 (McFarland) first shipment 8/8

Remini, Robert V.; Andrew Jackson: A Biography (Palgrave/MacMillan) sixth shipment 11/13

Reno, Linda Davis; The Maryland 400 in the Battle of Long Island, 1776 (McFarland) seventh shipment 12/2

Roberts, Cokie; Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation (Morrow) sixth shipment 11/13

Roberts, Priscilla H. and Richard S.; Thomas Barclay (1728-1793): Consul in France, Diplomat in Barbary (Lehigh) sixth shipment 11/13

Rust, Marion; Prodigal Daughters: Susanna Rowson's Early American Women (UNC/Omohundro) fourth shipment 10/20

Shannon, Timothy J.; Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier (Viking) seventh shipment 12/2

Silver, Peter; Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America (Norton) first shipment 8/8

Slaughter, Thomas P.; The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman, Apostle of Abolition (Hill and Wang) second shipment 9/29

Smith, Digby, and Kevin F. Kiley; The American Revolutionary War: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-1783 (Lorenz) second shipment 9/29

Spring, Matthew H.; With Zeal and with Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783 seventh shipment 12/2

Stoll, Ira: Samuel Adams: A Life (Free Press) seventh shipment 12/2

Stuart, Nancy Rubin; The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation (Beacon) second shipment 9/29

Swisher, James K.; The Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry (Pelican) fifth shipment 10/29

Thompson, Mary V.; "In the Hands of a Good Providence": Religion in the Life of George Washington (Virginia) fifth shipment 10/29

Truxes, Thomas M.; Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (Yale) third shipment 10/13

Waldman, Steven; Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America (Random) second shipment 9/29

Walker, Frank; John Paul Jones: Maverick Hero (Casemate) seventh shipment 12/2

Wilensky, Mark; The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine (Savas Beatie) second shipment 9/29

Williams, Tony; Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution (Sourcebooks) sixth shipment 11/13

Willig, Timothy D.; Restoring the Chain of Friendship: British Policy and the Indians of the Great Lakes, 1783-1815 (Nebraska) eighth shipment 12/19

Wills, Chuck; Thomas Jefferson, Architect (Running Press) eighth shipment 12/19

Woodfield, Denis B., et al; From Oratory to Scholarship: Two Centuries of Talks on the American Revolution Given before the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey (Virginia) third shipment 10/13

Wright, Robert E.; One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (McGraw Hill) sixth shipment 11/13

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