Allen C. Guelzo, Grace F. Kea Professor of American History at Eastern College, examines the sources, language, and impact of the Emancipation Proclamation, concluding that it was the last and best example in nineteenth-century America of the “politics of prudence.”
David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, and Steven Mintz, Professor of History at the University of Houston, weave rare letters, diaries, personal narratives, speeches, broadsides, and contemporary accounts from the Gilder Lehrman Collection into a new history of America through 1870, one based largely on first-hand documentary evidence.
Edward L. Ayers is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia where he is also the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History. Here he looks at the Civil War’s impact on the lives of people in two communities divided by the Mason-Dixon line, based on his book In the Presence of Mine Enemies, which was awarded the 2004 Bancroft Prize.
James Oliver Horton, the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University, and Lois E. Horton, Professor of Sociology at George Mason University, explore the human dimension of the inhumane institution of American slavery and trace the rise of Jim Crow as a new means of racial control.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of Afro-American Studies, director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and author of seminal works on African American literary criticism and history. In The Bondwoman’s Narrative he brings into view one of the most important lost texts in the African American literary tradition, an autobiographical novel by a fugitive slave, Hannah Crafts.