Founding Friendships
Oxford, January 2015 (cloth, 2017)

Documentary editions

The Papers of James Monroe, volume 6
Edited with Daniel Preston
Selected papers of James Monroe spanning from his appointment as Secretary of State in April 1811 through March 1814.  This volume covers the lead-up to the War of 1812, Monroe’s role in encouraging public support for the war and shaping military policy, and domestic issues including filibusters, slavery, and partisanship.

The Papers of James Monroe, volume 5
Edited with Daniel Preston
This volume of the Monroe papers is a selected edition of James Monroe’s papers from 1803 to 1811. Important events covered include the Louisiana Purchase, the failed bid for West Florida and to negotiate peace with the British in 1806, Monroe’s run for the presidency in 1808, and his return to private life in Virginia.

To learn more, see this summary at the Junto blog


Review of Flora Fraser, The Washingtons: George and Martha:’Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love, Journal of the Early Republic, forthcoming

Review of C. Dallett Hemphill, Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in Early America, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Winter 2016

“James Monroe,” with Scott Harris. In Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History.

Review of In the Words of Women, ed. North, Wedge, and Freeman, Pennsylvania History, Winter 2013

George Washington Parke Custis” and “Friendships of George Washington,” George Washington Encyclopedia, Mount Vernon

Friendly Relations: Situating Cross-Gender Friendships in the Early Republic,” Gender & History, April 2012

“‘A Transcript of My Heart’: The Unpublished Diaries of Margaret Bayard Smith,” Washington History, Fall/Winter 2005

Web Articles
“New Online: Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton Papers,” Library of Congress blog, July 5, 2017

“New Online: Margaret Bayard Smith Papers,” Library of Congress blog, June 28, 2017

“What Did George Washington Think About Nepotism?,” History News Network, April 16, 2017

“French Imposters, Diplomatic Double Speak, and Buried Archival Treasures,” The Junto Blog, April 10, 2017

“Inaugurating the Era of Good Feelings,” Grateful American Foundation, April 2017

“The Sole American Killed in the 1814 Burning of DC was Related to George Washington,”, December 8, 2016

“Hair Jewelry Celebrating a Presidential Friendship,” Mental Floss Show & Tell, July 22, 2016

“How Early-19th-Century Students Cemented Their Bonds Through Friendship Albums,” Slate Vault, May 6, 2016

“Comb Through This Framed Collection of Presidential Hair,”, February 9, 2016

“The Flirtatious Friendship of Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Church Hits Broadway,” OUP Blog, November 17, 2015

“That Time When Alexander Hamilton Almost Dueled James Monroe,”, October 26, 2015

“The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,”, August 20, 2015

“When Harry Met Sally” Meets Early America, Families as They Really Are, July 28, 2015

“John Paul Jones Romantic Romp Through Paris,”, April 21, 2015

Love Stories of America’s Founding Friends, OUP Blog, February 14, 2015

Featured article on on founding fathers’ female pen pals, February 13, 2015

“Diplomacy, Slavery, Quids, and Much More in the Latest Volume of the Papers of James Monroe,” The Junto Blog, October 7, 2014

“Ann Perrin’s Album is Far From Commonplace,” Unique at Penn, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, May 31, 2012


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