Books by Thomas P. Slaughter

INDEPENDENCE by Thomas P. Slaughter
Released: June 10, 2014

"Erudite and fascinating but occasionally too dense and difficult to follow."
There was a lot more to gaining independence from Britain than the Boston Tea Party. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Any understanding of the history of social reform in America begins with Woolman, and understanding Woolman begins here."
A masterful biography of the Quaker prophet and path-breaking social reformer. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"A rich, provocative work that merits attention during the commemorative season to come. (See Brian Hall's I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, p. 1494, for an expertly drawn fictional recreation of the Lewis and Clark expedition.)"
In chapters that stand alone as essays and follow themes not found in more sober works of history ("Dreams," "Writing First," "Why Snakes?," etc.), Slaughter (History/Notre Dame) examines questions that some celebrants of the Lewis and Clark bicentenary may not want to see raised. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An invigorating, accessible contribution to the study of early American science."
A fine exploration of the history of natural history, focusing on the Bartrams of Pennsylvania, father and son. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An admirable study of a significant precursor to the Civil War, with specific details providing a springboard to broader treatment of the issues and tensions of the time."
A wide-ranging, fascinating investigation by Slaughter (History/Rutgers) into the social and racial circumstances surrounding the Christiana Riot of 1851, in which runaway slaves stood up to the master who tracked them down and killed him. Read full book review >