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SHEAR Virtual Exhibit

Welcome to the UNC Press Virtual Exhibit for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.


Since we can’t be together at the conference, we’re bringing our book exhibit to you. From virtually anywhere, you can browse our list of new and recent titles, chat with an acquisitions editor, and more.

You can also check out the newest books published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and chat with Editor of Books Catherine E. Kelly.

Introduction and Welcome from Catherine E. Kelly of the Omohundro Institute

Featured New Titles from the Omohundro Institute


Check out these video presentations from two recent Omohundro authors:


All of our books (in fact, our entire site) are available now at our 40 percent SHEAR conference discount. Plus if your order totals $75, domestic U.S. shipping is FREE! Just use promo code 01DAH40 at checkout.

Click here for our full list of books in Early American History.


SHEAR 2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 SHEAR Book Award Winners

Maternal Bodies by Nora Doyle
2018 Mary Kelley Prize

Radical Friend by Nancy A.Hewitt
2018 James Bradford Best Biography Prize

Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South by Kimberly M. Welch
2018 James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize


Follow the links at the left for information on submitting a book proposal, ordering desk or examination copies (even free digital exam copies), classroom permissions, disability resources, and more. We’ve even created a handy FAQ document, with answers to the most-asked questions we get at exhibit booths.

Click on any book below to learn more. And, using our View Inside feature, you can leaf through the pages for a preview of each new book, just as if you were standing at our booth. Check it out on each book page.


The First Reconstruction

The First Reconstruction

Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

Van Gosse

An Intimate Economy

An Intimate Economy

Enslaved Women, Work, and America's Domestic Slave Trade

Alexandra J. Finley

Harnessing Harmony

Harnessing Harmony

Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788–1865

Billy Coleman

American Honor

American Honor

The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era

Craig Bruce Smith

The Trouble with Minna

The Trouble with Minna

A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North

Hendrik Hartog

Jamaica Ladies

Jamaica Ladies

Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain's Atlantic Empire

Christine Walker

Visions in a Seer Stone

Visions in a Seer Stone

Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon

William L. Davis

Early American Rebels

Early American Rebels

Pursuing Democracy from Maryland to Carolina, 1640–1700

Noeleen McIlvenna

Mining Language

Mining Language

Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World

Allison Margaret Bigelow

Arguing until Doomsday

Arguing until Doomsday

Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy

Michael E. Woods

Soul Liberty

Soul Liberty

The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia

Nicole Myers Turner

The Stormy Present

The Stormy Present

Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846–1865

Adam I. P. Smith

Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest

Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest

Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792

Susan Sleeper-Smith

A Black Jurist in a Slave Society

A Black Jurist in a Slave Society

Antonio Pereira Rebouças and the Trials of Brazilian Citizenship

Keila Grinberg, Kristin M. McGuire

Voices of the Enslaved

Voices of the Enslaved

Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

Sophie White

Standard-Bearers of Equality

Standard-Bearers of Equality

America’s First Abolition Movement

Paul J. Polgar

Freedom Roots

Freedom Roots

Histories from the Caribbean

Laurent Dubois, Richard Lee Turits

Inventing Disaster

Inventing Disaster

The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Cynthia A. Kierner

Eloquence Embodied

Eloquence Embodied

Nonverbal Communication among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

Céline Carayon

American Lucifers

American Lucifers

The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

Jeremy Zallen

Bonds of Union

Bonds of Union

Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland

Bridget Ford

The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare

The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare

A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina

Sean M. Kelley

Virginia 1619

Virginia 1619

Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America

Paul Musselwhite, Peter C. Mancall, James Horn

Caribbean New Orleans

Caribbean New Orleans

Empire, Race, and the Making of a Slave Society

Cécile Vidal

North Carolina's Revolutionary Founders

North Carolina's Revolutionary Founders

Jeff Broadwater, Troy L. Kickler

Slave No More

Slave No More

Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas

Aline Helg, Lara Vergnaud

Prieto

Prieto

Yorùbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions

Henry B. Lovejoy

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light

Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England

Douglas L. Winiarski

The Common Cause

The Common Cause

Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution

Robert G. Parkinson

Atlantic Bonds

Atlantic Bonds

A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa

Lisa A. Lindsay

Allegories of Encounter

Allegories of Encounter

Colonial Literacy and Indian Captivities

Andrew Newman

The Smugglers' World

The Smugglers' World

Illicit Trade and Atlantic Communities in Eighteenth-Century Venezuela

Jesse Cromwell

The Occupation of Havana

The Occupation of Havana

War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World

Elena A. Schneider

Aberration of Mind

Aberration of Mind

Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South

Diane Miller Sommerville

Seeds of Empire

Seeds of Empire

Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850

Andrew J. Torget

A Luminous Brotherhood

A Luminous Brotherhood

Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Emily Suzanne Clark

Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism

Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism

College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America

J. Brent Morris

Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage

Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage

Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito

Sherwin K. Bryant

American Child Bride

American Child Bride

A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States

Nicholas L. Syrett

Frontiers of Science

Frontiers of Science

Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850

Cameron B. Strang

Recaptured Africans

Recaptured Africans

Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade

Sharla M. Fett

Maternal Bodies

Maternal Bodies

Redefining Motherhood in Early America

Nora Doyle

Radical Friend

Radical Friend

Amy Kirby Post and Her Activist Worlds

Nancy A. Hewitt