H-Early-America welcomes new book review editors

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As 2021 begins, the H-Early-America team welcomes two new book review editors.  Troy Bickham, a Professor of History at Texas A&M University, has a trans-Atlantic perspective on early America and the wider Atlantic world, as well as extensive experience as an author, editor, and reviewer.  His books include Eating the Empire: Food and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2020) and The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812 (2012).  Patrick Luck, an Assistant Professor of History at Florida Polytechnic University, also approaches early American history with an Atlantic twist; his research on the Lower Mississippi Valley bridges the Spanish colonial and American republican periods in the region.  Welcome, Patrick and Troy!

Josh Jeffers, who has edited book reviews for H-Early-America since the spring of 2017, will be stepping down to focus on other professional projects.  Josh re-started the reviews program after H-Early-America's hiatus in the mid-2010s and has been instrumental in getting the list back on a firmer footing.  Thank you, Josh, for all you have done for H-Early-America!

Darcy R. Fryer and Joe Borsato, H-Early-America editors

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Thank you Darcy and Joe for your introduction to H-Early-America. I'm looking forward to being part of the H-Early-America team. 

Let me just say a little bit more about my research and what I am interested in bringing to H-Early-America.  

My research interest focus on the study of slavery and slave systems in the Americas. I am currently completing a book manuscript entitled Replanting a Slave Society: Making the Sugar and Cotton Revolutions in the Lower Mississippi Valley, which studies the causes and effects of the transormations in plantation slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley with the adoption of cotton and sugar in the 1790s. I have also begun working on a second project that is a focused study of the lives of an American Colonization Society emancipator, John McDonogh, and two young enslaved men, David and Washington McDonogh, who he sent to college in the North to learn skills necessary to "lead my people" to Africa. Many twists and turns ensue, but David ends up becoming one of the first black doctors in America and active in black politics in New York, and Washington ends up a respected member of Liberian society and a government official. 

As a book review editor, one of my major goals is for the reviews we publish to reflect the broad range of interests shared by historians of Early America. However, I am particularly interested in bringing to H-Early-America book reviews on slavery, the African diaspora, and histories of areas colonized by non-Anglophone European empires. 

If you are interested in reviewing books for H-Early-America, please send me a brief cover letter and CV to pluck@floridapoly.edu

Thank you, Darcy and Joe, for your introduction. Like Patrick, I am excited to be joining the H-Early-America team.

As Darcy and Joe mentioned, my teaching and research interests are fairly diverse, spanning early America, the British Empire, and the Atlantic world in the seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries. As with many members of the network, teaching this past year has meant developing new technological skillsets, rethinking how to engage students, and negotiating the accessibility of digital resources (both for teaching and research).

To echo Patrick’s remarks, I aim to solicit a broad range of reviews that reflect the diversity of both the topics that fall under the large umbrella of early America as well as the interests of H-Early-America’s subscribers.

If you interested in reviewing books for H-Early-America (or if you have reviewed for the network in the past and want to reiterate your interest) please send me an email describing your interests/expertise and a brief CV to tbickham@tamu.edu.

Best wishes—

Troy Bickham