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Family, Slavery, and Love in the Early American Republic

The Essays of Jan Ellen Lewis

By Jan Ellen Lewis, Edited by Barry Bienstock, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter Onuf

Edited by Barry Bienstock, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Peter Onuf
with contributions by Carolyn Eastman, Nicole Eustace, and David Waldstreicher

Family, Slavery, and Love in the Early American Republic

Approx. 440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 5 halftones, notes, index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6563-4
    Published: October 2021

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Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

One of the finest historians of her generation, Jan Ellen Lewis transformed our understanding of the early U.S. Republic. Her groundbreaking essays defined the emerging fields of gender and emotions history and reframed traditional understandings of the founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution. As significant as her work was within each of these subfields, her most remarkable insights came from the connections she drew among them. Gender and race, slavery and freedom, feelings and politics ran together in the hearts, minds, and lives of the men and women she studied. Lewis’s brilliant research revealed these long-buried connections and illuminated their importance for America’s past and present.

Family, Slavery, and Love in the Early American Republic collects thirteen of Lewis’s most important essays. Distinguished scholars shed light on the historical and historiographical contexts in which Lewis and her peers researched, wrote, and argued. But the real star of this volume is Lewis herself: confident, unconventional, erudite, and deeply imaginative.

About the Author

Jan Ellen Lewis (1949-2018) was professor of history at Rutgers-Newark University, where she also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The author of multiple books and articles on gender, race, and politics in the early republic, she served as the 36th president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
For more information about Jan Ellen Lewis, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"An indefatigable researcher and a masterful essayist, Jan Lewis revealed how gender, slavery, and emotions converged within the early Republic’s political experiment and showed us why that convergence mattered.  Like a well-curated retrospective exhibit, this volume displays Lewis’s creative and wide-ranging reinterpretation of the founding era."--John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University