James Monroe is no fawning celebration of its subject, but it comes from a tradition in which authors went through all sorts of intellectual gymnastics to prove that their subjects were responding to the needs of the public rather than their own desires.
Peter J. Kastor
Peter J. Kastor is Samuel K. Eddy Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author or editor of eight books on the era of the American Revolution, including The Nation’s Crucible: The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America, and William Clark’s World: Describing America in an Age of Unknowns.
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Season’s readings, and a 2020 round-up, for a year that could never end too soon.