Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

"Virgins, Booze, and American Elections," New York Times, April 8, 2016.
"Laugh During Wartime" New York Times, January 9, 2012
“Young Men for War”: The Wide Awakes and Lincoln’s 1860 Presidential Campaign Journal of American History, 96 (Sept. 2009), 357–78
"'Young Men for War': The Wide Awakes and Lincoln's 1860 Presidential Campaign" Journal of American History, 96 (Sept. 2009), 357–78.  
"The Wild Children of Yesteryear" The New York Times, May 31, 2014.
"How Generational Divisions Have Driven Down Voter Turnout in the United States," The Atlantic, July 30, 2016.
"Anxious Youth, Then and Now" New York Times, December 31, 2013.
"America's 'Violent Little Partisans,'" The Atlantic, May 8, 2016.
"When the Civil War Came to New York" New York Times, July 13, 2013.
"A Birthday Like None Other: Turning Twenty-One in the Age of Popular Politics" Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present, Ed. Corinne Field (New York: New York University Press, 2015), 86-102.
"Riling Up the 'Shrewd, Wild Boys" New York Times, August 9, 2012.
“Sorrowfully Amusing: The Popular Comedy of the Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era, (September, 2011), 313-338.
"The Stephen Colbert of the Civil War" New York Times, June 11, 2012.
"When Anger Trumped Progress" New York Times, January 16, 2016
"Laugh During Wartime" New York Times, January 9, 2012.
"D.I.Y Education Before YouTube" New York Times, July 11, 2015
"Was Abolitionism a Failure?" New York Times, January 30, 2015.
The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
"Don't Throw the Bums Out" New York Times, September 12, 2014
"How Coffee Fueled the Civil War," New York Times, July 9, 2014
"The Wild Children of Yesteryear" New York Times, May 31, 2014
The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century Forthcoming, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

The Virgin Vote uncovers the forgotten role young men and women played in American politics from 1840 through 1900. Drawing on hundreds of unpublished diaries and letters – by barmaids and belles, sharecroppers and cowboys – it explores the way children, youths, and young adults used democracy to win maturity. At the same time, parents and politicians trained children to be “violent little partisans” and pushed young men to assert their masculinity by casting their “virgin votes” at age twenty-one, pushing voter turnouts to historic peaks. On a personal level, youths used democracy to win adulthood, while on a structural level politicians used youths to maintain political power.

"Anxious Youth, Then and Now" New York Times, December 31, 2013
"D.I.Y. Education Before YouTube," The New York Times, July 11, 2015.
"When the Civil War Came to New York," New York Times, July 13, 2013

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