I just learned that the theme of the recent issue of the Journal of Social History is “Friendship in Early America.”
Here is the table of contents:
Janet Moore Lindman, “Histories of Friendship in Early America: An Introduction”
Gregory Smithers, “‘Our Hands and Hearts are Joined Together’: Friendship, Colonialism, and the Cherokee People in Early America”
Shelby Balik, “‘Dear Christian Friends’: Charity Bryant, Sylvia Drake, and the Making of a Spiritual Network”
Thomas Balcerski, “‘A Work of Friendship’: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Franklin Pierce, and the Politics of Enmity in the Civil War Era”
Janet Moore Lindman, “‘This Union of the Soul’: Spiritual Friendship among Early American Protestants”
Nik Ribianszky, “‘Tell Them that My Dayly Thoughts are with Them as Though I was Amidst Them All”: Friendship among Property-Owning Free People of Color in Nineteenth-Century Natchez, Mississippi.