MADISON'S HAND by Bilder NOTE: Meeting Online

Fascinating History
Thursday, December 21, 7:30 pm

Fascinating History Book Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The book group is led by Shane Cagney from Politics and Prose and meets online--for details please contact bookgroups@politics-prose.com

Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention By Mary Sarah Bilder Cover Image

Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention (Paperback)

$26.00


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Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the James Bradford Best Biography Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Finalist, Literary Award for Nonfiction, Library of Virginia
Finalist, George Washington Prize

James Madison's Notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention have acquired nearly unquestioned authority as the description of the U.S. Constitution's creation. No document provides a more complete record of the deliberations in Philadelphia or depicts the Convention's charismatic figures, crushing disappointments, and miraculous triumphs with such narrative force. But how reliable is this account?

" A] superb study of the Constitutional Convention as selectively reflected in Madison's voluminous notes on it...Scholars have been aware that Madison made revisions in the Notes but have not intensively explored them. Bilder has looked closely indeed at the Notes and at his revisions, and the result is this lucid, subtle book. It will be impossible to view Madison's role at the convention and read his Notes in the same uncomplicated way again...An accessible and brilliant rethinking of a crucial moment in American history."
--Robert K. Landers, Wall Street Journal
Product Details ISBN: 9780674979741
ISBN-10: 0674979745
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: August 21st, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English


MADISON'S HAND by Bilder NOTE: Meeting Online

Fascinating History
Tuesday, December 19, 7:30 pm

Fascinating History Book Group meets the Tuesday immediately before the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The book group is led by Shane Cagney from Politics and Prose and meets online--for details please contact bookgroups@politics-prose.com

Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention By Mary Sarah Bilder Cover Image

Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention (Paperback)

$26.00


In Stock—Click for Locations
Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
4 on hand, as of Jun 25 1:20am

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the James Bradford Best Biography Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Finalist, Literary Award for Nonfiction, Library of Virginia
Finalist, George Washington Prize

James Madison's Notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention have acquired nearly unquestioned authority as the description of the U.S. Constitution's creation. No document provides a more complete record of the deliberations in Philadelphia or depicts the Convention's charismatic figures, crushing disappointments, and miraculous triumphs with such narrative force. But how reliable is this account?

" A] superb study of the Constitutional Convention as selectively reflected in Madison's voluminous notes on it...Scholars have been aware that Madison made revisions in the Notes but have not intensively explored them. Bilder has looked closely indeed at the Notes and at his revisions, and the result is this lucid, subtle book. It will be impossible to view Madison's role at the convention and read his Notes in the same uncomplicated way again...An accessible and brilliant rethinking of a crucial moment in American history."
--Robert K. Landers, Wall Street Journal
Product Details ISBN: 9780674979741
ISBN-10: 0674979745
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: August 21st, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English


COVERED WITH NIGHT by Eustace NOTE: Meeting Online

Fascinating History
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm

Fascinating History Book Group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The book group is led by Shane Cagney from Politics and Prose and meets online--for details please contact bookgroups@politics-prose.com

Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America By Nicole Eustace Cover Image

Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America (Paperback)

$20.00


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1 on hand, as of Jun 25 1:35am

WINNER • 2022 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY

Finalist • National Book Award for Nonfiction

Best Books of the Year • TIME, Smithsonian, Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews


The Pulitzer Prize-winning history that transforms a single event in 1722 into an unparalleled portrait of early America.

In the winter of 1722, on the eve of a major conference between the Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois) and Anglo-American colonists, a pair of colonial fur traders brutally assaulted a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, the crime ignited a contest between Native American forms of justice—rooted in community, forgiveness, and reparations—and the colonial ideology of harsh reprisal that called for the accused killers to be executed if found guilty. In Covered with Night, historian Nicole Eustace reconstructs the attack and its aftermath, introducing a group of unforgettable individuals—from the slain man’s resilient widow to an Indigenous diplomat known as “Captain Civility” to the scheming governor of Pennsylvania—as she narrates a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations. Taking its title from a Haudenosaunee metaphor for mourning, Covered with Night ultimately urges us to consider Indigenous approaches to grief and condolence, rupture and repair, as we seek new avenues of justice in our own era.



Nicole Eustace is professor of history at New York University. She is the author 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism and Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9781324092162
ISBN-10: 1324092165
Publisher: Liveright
Publication Date: July 26th, 2022
Pages: 464
Language: English
[Eustace] reveals forgotten treasures in America’s attic... She draws from dozens of primary sources and hundreds of secondary ones, yet seamlessly weaves them into a cohesive, compelling narrative full of intrigue and pathos.... Drawing repeated distinctions between rigid, albeit unfairly applied, British law (perpetrator-focused, reprisal-oriented, punishment driven) and the justice of the Haudenosaunee (victim-focused, restitution-oriented, harmony-driven)... Eustace manages to maintain the narrative tension.... formally documenting a more humane, healing vision of what justice could be – and once was – in this country.
— Dana Dunham - Chicago Review of Books

The story has countless moving parts and one central mystery that demand subtle exposition, and Eustace navigates it all with skill and economy. A fine contribution to the literature of Colonial America, where peace was far harder to achieve than war.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Throughout, she makes excellent use of primary sources to convey the sophisticated rhetorical strategies of Native negotiators. Early American history buffs will be fascinated.
— Publishers Weekly

Relying on primary sources, including colonial writings, Eustace’s account offers not only the history of the trial, but also an inclusive examination of ongoing clashes over the possession of land rights. Black-and-white illustrations of colonial letters throughout add context.
— Library Journal

Listening keenly and insightfully to Native voices in colonial records, Nicole Eustace deftly recovers a revealing tale of murder and justice across a cultural frontier at a critical moment for the future of our continent. A great read and an important book.
— Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson’s Education

Nicole Eustace crafts a thoroughly original and compelling account of eighteenth-century America, its volatile societies and cultural boundaries, and especially the conflicts between Native people and colonial newcomers over how justice itself might be defined in America. Her answers are surprising, enlightening, and worthy of rediscovery.
— Matthew Dennis, professor emeritus of history at the University of Oregon and author of Seneca Possessed: Indians, Witchcraft, and Power in the Early American Republic

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