Extraordinary Times: New Early American Histories

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Hosted by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture


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Robert Parkinson (The Common Cause) and Douglas Winiarski (Darkness Falls on the Land of Light) discuss their acclaimed books, presenting important new discoveries and voices from early American political and religious history, and examining themes that echo true today. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“The field of the American Revolution has not seen many game-changing books in the twenty-first century, but [The Common Cause] is one. Political history meets military history meets cultural history here in an argument about both the nature of the Revolutionary War and the emerging U.S. political culture. The narrative integrates white fears of native Americans and African Americans into the story, explaining what happened between 1775 and 1783 with tremendous implications for the future of the nation.”—David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

“Brilliant, timely, and indispensable… Parkinson writes with authority on military, political, social, and cultural history, reconstructing the story of this critical period as it actually unfolded, with everything happening at once.”—Annette Gordon-Reed, New York Review of Books

“For those who thought that little more could be done with colonial New England religious life, here comes Doug Winiarski to prove them, oh, so wrong. With a nose for manuscripts like no other, he has scoured the repositories, churches, and historical societies of the region for sources that delight and amaze, offering us new voices, the voices of the awakened. The results of his searches, presented with sensitivity and expert analysis, give us a truly innovative and fresh view of the transition, not so much from puritan to Yankee, but from puritanism to evangelicalism.”—Kenneth P. Minkema, Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University

“Filled with fresh discoveries and attuned to the experiences of a fascinating cast of characters, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light offers a compelling narrative of religious revival and social discord in early New England. Beautifully written, cogently argued, and astonishingly researched, this is the most riveting book on America’s eighteenth-century revivals to appear in decades.”—Mark Valeri, Washington University in St. Louis