Jill Lepore, Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, draws on scholarship from her book, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, to trace how the meanings attached to this brutally destructive war have changed as the attitudes about historical actors and the political pressures on those actors have changed.
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.”
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.