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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.

Lepore, Jill. 2017. “Dead Weight: The burden of the corpse.” The New Yorker, October 16, 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
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “American Exposure.” newyorker.com, July 12, 2016. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2016. “The Rebirth of a Nation.” newyorker.com, January 31, 2016. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2015. “"Mourning Lincoln" and "Lincoln's Body".” The New York Times. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2013. “The Dark Ages: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and the Law of Torment.” The New Yorker, March 18, 2013. Article Bibliography
Lepore, Jill. 2013. “The Man in the Box: Fifty years of Doctor Who.” The New Yorker, November 11, 2013. Article Bibliography
Lepore, Jill. 2013. “The Force: How much military is enough?.” The New Yorker, January 28, 2013. Article
Lepore, Jill. 2012. “Battleground America: One Nation, Under the Gun.” The New Yorker, April 23, 2012. Article
Lepore, J. 2010. “Tea and Sympathy: Who owns the American Revolution?.” The New Yorker. Article
Lepore, J. 2010. “The Uprooted: Chronicling the Great Migration.” The New Yorker. Article Bibliography