In our new issue, you’ll find the deliciously rich history of chocolate; cavalier attitudes toward a deadly plague in a Brazilian port; forgotten battles of the Revolutionary War; and the intriguing rise and demise of the advertising card.
In our latest issue, you'll find an overlooked lion of abolitionism; a humorous commentary on a dated matrimonial primer; unsung talents from the golden age of radio; and a fresh conversation with a Beat Generation icon.
America’s Historical Imprints, 1639-1900
Now supplemented with 2,000 documents from the Library Company of Philadelphia, this single new interface for five related collections features over 100,000 early American books, pamphlets and other rare printed materials.
Dr. Eran Shalev, Department of History, Haifa University and author of Rome Reborn on Western Shores: Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic writes:
"I cannot tell you how much the Readex historical databases have helped me over the years in my research and writing. Early American Imprints and Early American Newspapers have become integral to the way in which I write and conceptualize. And the new Supplements from the Library Company will be another valuable addition to the Archive of Americana.
"As much as I cannot think of writing without a word processor, it is impossible for me to envision historical research before Readex's digital editions. These collections are especially crucial for scholars working from outside of the United States."
In the September 2010 issue: the dark descent of an American literary icon; using 19th-century government documents to right wrongs against Native Americans; and a private collector’s zeal adds depth and diversity to an eminent historical collection.
From Mascot to Militant: The Many Campaigns of Seba Smith’s Major Jack DowningBy Aaron McLean Winter, National Tsing Hua University
Readers of the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Daily National Intelligencer witnessed a strange and disturbing transformation in 1847, when the nation’s most popular literary character freely admitted that he had become a greedy, cynical killer. Soon enough this beloved American hero, whose name was synonymous with Yankee Doodle, would threaten to stage a military coup to seize the Capitol and overthrow Congress! Continued...