New titles for Spring 2012

December 14th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

This spring Georgia will publish two books in Early American Places — Kristen Block’s Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean and Linda Rupert’s Creolization and Contraband. Learn more at the links, and come by the EAP reception at AHA to meet series authors and editors.

EAP Welcomes the University of Nebraska Press

November 18th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

The Early American Places member presses would like to welcome the University of Nebraska Press to the series.

The collaborating presses’ responsibilities are divided geographically, with the University of Georgia Press focused on the Southeast and the Caribbean, NYU Press covering the Northeast and eastern Canada, and Northern Illinois University Press covering the Old Northwest.  The University of Nebraska Press will publish books about the American Far West.

Please join us at the American Historical Association annual meeting for a reception to celebrate the latest volumes in the series–Saturday, January 7, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in booths 419, 421, 423.

Mutti Burke reviewed in the American Historical Review

November 8th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

AHR reviews On Slavery’s Border, the inaugural publication in the Early American Places series: “Diane Mutti Burke has written a wonderful book. It adds considerable depth, texture, and richness to our understanding of slavery in the relatively neglected area of the border South while also offering important insights into the institution of bondage as a whole.”


October 20th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

Michele Reid-Vazquez

The latest book in the Early American Places series, Michele Reid-Vazquez’s The Year of the Lash, is now available from the University of Georgia Press. Ben Vinson III of Johns Hopkins calls it “a major accomplishment in deepening our knowledge of free-colored life in the Americas during the first half of the nineteenth century.” Find out more here.

Ann Ostendorf interviewed on public radio

September 20th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

Ann Ostendorf, author of Sounds American, talks about music and national identity in the early nineteenth century:

Ostendorf on NPR


Review: “By far the most thorough treatment of slavery in Missouri to date”

September 18th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

On Slavery’s Border by Diane Mutti Burke reviewed on H-NET: “Her work is by far the most thorough treatment of slavery in Missouri to date, and the exceptional nuance and detail she brings to her analysis of the master-slave relationship will make it one of the most informative of a short list of works on slavery on small farms and in border states.”

Award news

September 18th, 2011 by EAPeditors | Permalink

Congratulations to Diane Mutti Burke, author of On Slavery’s Border, the first title in the Early American Places series.  Her book has been named winner of the Missouri Conference on History Book Award.

First Book Now Available

November 1st, 2010 by EAPeditors | Permalink

The first book in the Early American Places series is now available.

On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865
by Diane Mutti Burke

Published December 2010
University of Georgia Press
Buy at UGA Press

Mutti Burke_FNLOn Slavery’s Border tackles two important and understudied subjects: the history of slavery in the South’s border states, and the nature of small-scale slavery. It is full of original and interesting and useful insight about many topics—from the forced and voluntary migrations that created Missouri’s patterns of slavery, to white gender ideologies that resembled those of the midwestern farming communities to the north and east, to the labor, leisure, and familial interactions that shaped the material and affective worlds of whites and African Americans. I am very enthusiastic about On Slavery’s Border, and expect that its audience will include historians of slavery and of the South; historians specializing in African American history, family history, and the study of women, gender and sexuality; and of course both scholarly and popular readers interested in Missouri history.”–Leslie A. Schwalm, author of Emancipation’s Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest

Announcing Early American Places

May 11th, 2009 by EAPeditors | Permalink

The University of Georgia Press, New York University Press, and Northern Illinois University Press announce a collaborative book series supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Early American Places focuses on the history of North America from contact to the Mexican War, locating historical developments in the specific places where they occurred and were contested. Though these developments often involved far-flung parts of the world, they were experienced in particular communities—the local places where people lived, worked, and made sense of their changing worlds. By restricting its focus to smaller geographic scales, but stressing that towns, colonies, and regions were part of much larger networks, Early American Places will combine up-to-date scholarly sophistication with an emphasis on local particularities and trajectories. Books in the series will be exclusively revised dissertations.

The collaborating presses’ responsibilities are divided geographically. Georgia will focus on the southeastern colonies, the plantation economies of the Caribbean, and the Spanish borderlands. NYU will cover the northeastern and middle Atlantic colonies, and French and British Canada. Northern Illinois will cover the Great Lakes, the Upper Mississippi Valley, and the Great Plains.

Series advisory board:

Vincent Brown, Harvard University
Stephanie M. H. Camp, Rice University
Andrew Cayton, Miami University
Cornelia Hughes Dayton, University of Connecticut
Nicole Eustace, New York University
Amy S. Greenberg, Pennsylvania State University
Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University of Chicago
Peter Charles Hoffer, University of Georgia
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University
Joshua Piker, University of Oklahoma
Mark M. Smith, University of South Carolina
Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

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"The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people's lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship."

— Stephanie M. H. Camp, Rice University