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Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

Published by EH.Net (May 2024). Scott Borchert. Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America. New York: Picador, 2022. x + 385 pp. $20 (paperback), ISBN 978-1250849083. Reviewed for EH.Net by Samuel Barbour, Lincoln Land Community College.   The American Guide series comprised 50 volumes, one for each of the […]

The Glasgow Sugar Aristocracy: Scotland and Caribbean Slavery, 1775-1838

Published by EH.Net (May 2024). Stephen Mullen. The Glasgow Sugar Aristocracy: Scotland and Caribbean Slavery, 1775-1838. London: University of London Press, 2022. 340 pp. $120 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1909646773. Reviewed for EH.Net by William A Wardle, former Principal of York St John University and James Watt College of Further and Higher Education.   This is a […]

Traders in Men: Merchants and the Transformation of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Published by EH.Net (April 2024). Nicholas Radburn. Traders in Men: Merchants and the Transformation of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2023. xii +341 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0300257618. Reviewed for EH.Net by Matthew David Mitchell, The University of the South.   Among historians of business generally, it goes without saying that […]

Replanting a Slave Society: The Sugar and Cotton Revolutions in the Lower Mississippi Valley

Published by EH.Net (April 2024). Patrick Luck. Replanting a Slave Society: The Sugar and Cotton Revolutions in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Press, 2022. 256 pp. $49.50 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0813947815. Reviewed for EH.Net by Samuel C. Hyde, Southeastern Louisiana University.   Delineating the limits of the slave system in many senses […]

The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume II: The Age of Limits, 1917-1933

Published by EH.Net (March 2024). Albert J. Churella. The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume II: The Age of Limits, 1917-1933. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2023. xiv + 891 pp. $60 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0253066350. Reviewed by Patrick Newman, Department of Economics, University of Tampa.   This book is the second volume of what might be called Albert Churella’s […]

The Corporation and the Twentieth Century: The History of American Business Enterprise

Published by EH.Net (March 2024). Richard Langlois. The Corporation and the Twentieth Century: The History of American Business Enterprise. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023. xii + 799 pp. $50 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0691246987. Reviewed for EH.Net by Amanda G. Gregg, Middlebury College.   In Alfred Chandler’s The Visible Hand, the American managerial corporation emerged to take […]

Immigration: An American History

Published by EH.Net (March 2024). Carl J. Bon Tempo and Hasia R. Diner. Immigration: An American History. New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2022. 364 pp. $40 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0300226867. Reviewed for EH.Net by Suzanne M. Sinke, Florida State University.   For people seeking an overview of immigration in US history, Bon Tempo and Diner have […]

Rebellions, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages

Published by EH.Net (January 2024). Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod. Rebellions, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2021. xx + 511 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0691234021. Reviewed for EH.Net by W. Elliot Brownlee, University of California, Santa Barbara.   Michael Keen is Ushioda Fellow at […]

The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are

Published by EH.Net (January 2024). David Henkin. The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021. xxi + 264 pp. $22.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-0300271157. Reviewed for EH.Net by Benjamin Schneider, Oslo Metropolitan University.   When economic historians analyze time, our primary interest is in […]