Publications

Forthcoming
These Truths: A History of the United States
Lepore, Jill. Forthcoming. These Truths: A History of the United States. New York: Norton.Abstract

In the most ambitious, one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

 

The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation’s history. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation’s founding truths, or belied them. “A nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, will fight forever over the meaning of its history,” Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish. Part spellbinding chronicle, part old-fashioned civics book, These Truths, filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation.

2018
Lepore, Jill. 2018. “It's Alive: Two hundred years of Frankenstein.” The New Yorker, February 12, 2018. Article Bibliography
Lepore, Jill. 2018. “Valley of the Dolls: Barbie, Bratz, and the end of originality.” The New Yorker, 1/22/18.
2017
Lepore, Jill. 2017. “Dead Weight: The burden of the corpse.” The New Yorker, October 16, 2017. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2017. “The History Test: How Should the Courts Use History?.” The New Yorker, March 27, 2017. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2017. “Inquietude.” The New Yorker, October 9, 2017. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2017. “No,we cannot.” The New Yorker, June 5, 2017. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2017. “The Strategy of Truth.” The New Yorker, June 5, 2017. Article
Walsh, Colleen. 2017. “The art of the matter: Historian Jill Lepore writes her arguments to life.” Harvard Gazette. Article
Cohen, B.R. 2017. “Jill Lepore on the Challenge of Explaining Things.” Public Books April 24, 2017. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2017. “The Autumn of the Atom: How arguments about nuclear weapons shaped the climate-change debate.” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography.pdf
Roosevelt, Eleanor. 2017. “Introduction.” It's Up to the Women. New York: The Nation Books. Book
2016
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “The Problem With Polls Isn't Technical, It's Political.” Nieman Reports, Nov 16 2016. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “Esme in Neverland: The film J.D. Salinger nearly made.” The New Yorker. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “Wars Within (from Aftermath: Sixteen Writers on Trump's Election).” The New Yorker. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “The State of Debate: How should Presidential candidates--and voters--argue about politics?.” The New Yorker. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “American Exposure.” newyorker.com, July 12, 2016. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “The War and the Roses: a tale of two Conventions.” The New Yorker. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “How to Steal an Election: The crazy history of nominating conventions.” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography.pdf
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “The Woman Card: How feminism and antifeminism created Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography.pdf

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