Publications

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

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.
"Was Abolitionism a Failure?" New York Times, January 30, 2015.
"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 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 Drawing on hundreds of unpublished diaries and letters – by barmaids and belles, sharecroppers and cowboys – it explores the way children, youths, and young adults used democracy to win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.

"The Wild Children of Yesteryear" New York Times, May 31, 2014
"D.I.Y. Education Before YouTube," The New York Times, July 11, 2015.
"Anxious Youth, Then and Now" New York Times, December 31, 2013
"Was Abolitionism a Failure?" The New York Times, January 30, 2015.
"When the Civil War Came to New York," New York Times, July 13, 2013
"Don't Throw the Bums Out" The New York Times, September 24, 2014.
"Riling Up the 'Shrewd, Wild Boys'" New York Times, August 9, 2012
"How Coffee Fueled the Civil War" The New York Times, July 9, 2014.
"The Stephen Colbert of the Civil War" New York Times, June 11, 2012
“Young Men for War”: The Wide Awakes and Lincoln’s 1860 Presidential Campaign Journal of American History, 96 (Sept. 2009), 357–78
"Laugh During Wartime" New York Times, January 9, 2012
"The Wild Children of Yesteryear" The New York Times, May 31, 2014.
"'Young Men for War': The Wide Awakes and Lincoln's 1860 Presidential Campaign" Journal of American History, 96 (Sept. 2009), 357–78.  
"Anxious Youth, Then and Now" New York Times, December 31, 2013.
"How Generational Divisions Have Driven Down Voter Turnout in the United States," The Atlantic, July 30, 2016.
“Labyrinthine Walk: A Guide for Politically Incorrect Tourists,” in Culture as the Tourist Product, ed. by Mike Robinson, Nigel Evans, and Paul Callaghan. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1996, pp. 141–157.

The text of a paper delivered at a conference on tourism analyzes the goals of tourists when visiting museums as part of a sight-seeing ritual.

“Betty Hahn: The Early Years,” essay in Betty Hahn: Photography or Maybe Not, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.

This essay describes the influence of Hahn's graduate school photography professor, Henry Holmes Smith, on her early work, including her revival of "obsolete" photographic processes such as gum-bichromate. Her technical and aesthetic experiments are described.

“Automatic Photobooths in Context(s),” foreword in Nakki Goranin, American Photobooth.   New York:  W.W. Norton & Co., Feb. 2008, pp. 9-13.

A psychological and cultural meditation about the unique experience of photobooth photographs, with notes about the NMAH Hall of Photography’s photobooth.

"The Scurlock Studio: A Biography," (with Donna M. Wells), Picturing the Promise: The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington.  Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the National Museum of American history, 2009, pp. 196-212.

A history of the Scurlock family studio and its significance for the African American community of Washington.

“American Photographs in Europe and Illusions of Travel,” American Photographs in Europe, ed. by David Nye and Mick Gidley. Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1994, pp. 57–75.

A discussion of the interrelationship of stereograph publisher Underwood & Underwood's European sales activities and its stereoscopic documentation of Europe for both the American and European markets.

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