Publications

2005
Lepore, J. 2005. “"The Tightening Vise: Slavery and Freedom in British New York".” Enslaved City: Slavery, Resistance and Abolition in New York City, 1623 to 1865, edited by I Berlin and L Harris. New York: The Free Press.
Lepore, J, and J Downs. 2005. “"Writing for History".” Why We Write. London: Routledge.
Lepore, J. 2005. “"People Power: Revisiting the origins of American democracy".” The New Yorker. Publisher's Version
New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
Lepore, J. 2005. New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan. New York: Knopf. Publisher's Version
2003
Lepore, J. 2003. “Reckoning.” Common-place 3 (2). WebsiteAbstract

"[I]f Joss Whedon, spy in the house of love, isn't willing or able to wrestle with the legacy of slavery, who is?"

Lepore, J. 2003. “The Sea in Me Blood.” Common-place 4 (1). WebsiteAbstract

"Why, bless me watery soul, are pirates now so silly that the word 'avast' makes people sputter?"

2002
A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States
Lepore, J. 2002. A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States. New York: Vintage. Publisher's VersionAbstract
What ties Americans to one another? What unifies a nation of citizens with different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds? These were the dilemmas faced by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they sought ways to bind the newly United States together. In A is for American, award-winning historian Jill Lepore portrays seven men who turned to language to help shape a new nation’s character and boundaries. From Noah Webster’s attempts to standardize American spelling, to Alexander Graham Bell’s use of “Visible Speech” to help teach the deaf to talk, to Sequoyah’s development of a Cherokee syllabary as a means of preserving his people’s independence, these stories form a compelling portrait of a developing nation’s struggles. Lepore brilliantly explores the personalities, work, and influence of these figures, seven men driven by radically different aims and temperaments. Through these superbly told stories, she chronicles the challenges faced by a young country trying to unify its diverse people.
Lepore, J. 2002. “"Literacy and Reading in Puritan New England".” Perspectives on Book History: Artifacts and Commentary, edited by S Casper, J Chaison, and J Groves. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.
Lepore, J. 2002. “Plagiarize This.” Common-place, 2 (3). WebsiteAbstract

"[W]hile the New York Times and the Boston Globe are gleefully covering Historygate, is anyone, besides the Weekly World News, talking about history?"

2001
Lepore, J. 2001. “"Wigwam Words".” The American Scholar 70: 97-108.
Lepore, J. 2001. ““Historians Who Love Too Much: Reflections on Microhistory and Biography”.” Journal of American History 88: 129-144. Article
Lepore, J. 2001. “Go West, Sensitive New Age Guy.” Common-place 1 (3). WebsiteAbstract

"A mere four hundred British families applied to live for three months in London's retrofitted 1900 House, but nearly ten times as many Americans are seeking to live for twice as long in the far more physically grueling Frontier House."

Lepore, J. 2001. “No More Kings.” Common-place 2 (1). WebsiteAbstract

"Stanford historian Jack Rakove, who serves as consultant, confesses, 'If you ask from a historian's vantage point, how does this correspond to contemporary scholarship? Well, probably, not that well. But if you ask, what is it that students of this age ought to be introduced to so that they have a rough idea of the Revolution, it's actually pretty good.'"

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