Early American Places

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.

About the Collaboration

Our collective goal is to establish Early American Places as one of the most important homes for field-defining first books about early American history. Partner presses will acquire in their delineated geographic areas. Responsibility for signing books will reside with editors at the individual presses involved, who will be governed by their institutions’ guidelines and practices concerning peer review, editorial board approval, manuscript revisions, and contracts. Books in the series will be marketed through a joint effort by the three collaborating publishers and at the web site earlyamericanplaces.org.

Program Benefits

“This excellent initiative promises a series of strong books elaborating on one of the major themes in recent early American scholarship: the importance of place. The rationale for the collaboration in publication is sound, as is the plan for the management of the series as a whole. An imaginative and exciting approach to the well-known dilemmas of academic publishing.”
—Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University

“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

Books in this series

Anglo-Native Virginia
Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646–1722
Kristalyn Marie Shefveland

Brothers and Friends
Kinship in Early America
Natalie R. Inman

Charleston and the Emergence of Middle Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era
Jennifer L. Goloboy

Creolization and Contraband
Curaçao in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Linda M. Rupert

An Empire of Small Places
Mapping the Southeastern Anglo-Indian Trade, 1732–1795
Robert Paulett

Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean
Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference
Jenny Shaw

George Washington’s Washington
Visions for the National Capital in the Early American Republic
Adam Costanzo

In the Shadow of Dred Scott
St. Louis Freedom Suits and the Legal Culture of Slavery in Antebellum America
Kelly M. Kennington

Natchez Country
Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana
George E. Milne

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

Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean
Religion, Colonial Competition, and the Politics of Profit
Kristen Block

Patrolling the Border
Theft and Violence on the Creek-Georgia Frontier, 1770–1796
Joshua S. Haynes

Privateers of the Americas
Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic
David Head

Slavery, Childhood, and Abolition in Jamaica, 1788–1838
Colleen A. Vasconcellos

Slavery on the Periphery
The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras
Kristen Epps

Sounds American
National Identity and the Music Cultures of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, 1800–1860
Ann Ostendorf

The Year of the Lash
Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World
Michele Reid-Vazquez

To inquire about
publishing in the series,
please contact the appropriate
acquisitions editor:

University of
Georgia Press

Walter Biggins

New York
University Press

Clara Platter

Northern Illinois
University Press

Linda Manning
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University of
Nebraska Press

Matt Bokovoy
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Bridget Barry
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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

Mark M. Smith
University of South Carolina

Rosemarie Zagarri
George Mason University