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Peter Charles Hoffer

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Distinguished Research Professor

Hoffer's most recent work includes Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, and Fraud in the Writing of American History (PublicAffairs, 2004); Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos that Reshaped American History (PublicAfairs, 2006); The Brave New World: A History of Early America (Johns Hopkins, 2007); The Supreme Court: An Essential History (Kansas, 2007); The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr (Kansas, 2008); and The Historian's Paradox: A Philosophy of History for Our Times (NYU, 2008). In 2010, Cry Liberty, his book length essay on the Stono Rebellion appeared from Oxford University Press, and his Nation of Laws: America's Incomplete Search for Justice was published by Kansas. In 2011, Kansas released his Free Press Crisis of 1800: The Trial of Thomas Cooper for Seditious Libel. Johns Hopkins published his When Benjamin Franklin Met the Reverend George Whitefield: Revivalism, Enlightenment, and the Power of the Printed Word in Early America in its Witness to History series in 2012 and his Prelude to Revolution:The Salen Gunpowder Raid of 1775 in 2014. In that year, NYU Press published his Clio Among the Muses: Essays on History and the Humanities. In 2015, Oxford University Press released his Benjamin Franklin Explains the Stamp Act Crisis to Parliament, 1766. In 2016, the University Press of Kansas released his Rutgers v. Waddington: Alexander Hamilton, The End of the War for Independence, and the Origins of Judicial Review. Later in that year, his co-authored The Federal Courts: An Essential History came out from Oxford University Press. In 2017, his John Quincy Adams and the Gag Rule, 1835-1850 appeared from the Johns Hopkins University Press. In 2018, his Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers Civil War, from Oxford; The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and the Crisis in the Legal Profession, from Cornell; and a new edition of his The Supreme Court: An Essential History appeared. He awaits publication of his Searching for Justice: Lawyers in the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1975, from Chicago, in 2019. Hoffer has won the Choice "Outstanding Academic Title" award four times, in 1991, 1992, 2005, and 2008.

Selected Publications:

Hoffer, Peter C. The Free Press Crisis Of 1800: Thomas Cooper's Trial For Seditious Libel. Kansas, 2011. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. When Benjamin Franklin Met The Reverend Whitefield: Enlightenment, Revival And The Power Of The Printed Word. Johns Hopkins, 2011. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. A Nation Of Laws: America's Imperfect Search For Justice. Kansas, 2010. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. Roe V. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy In American History. University Press of Kansas, 2010. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion Of 1739. Oxford, 2010. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Historian's Paradox: The Study Of History In Our Time. NYU, 2008. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Treason Trials Of Aaron Burr. Kansas, 2008. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Supreme Court: An Essential History. Kansas, 2007. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Brave New World: A History Of Early America. Hopkins, 2007. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos That Reshaped America. PublicAffairs, 2006. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, And Fraud In The Writing Of American History. PublicAffairs, 2004. Print.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Great New York Conspiracy Of 1741: Slavery, Crime, And Colonial Law. University Press of Kansas, 2003. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. Sensory Worlds In Early America. Hopkins, 2003. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Salem Witchcraft Trials:a Legal History. University Press of Kansas, 1997. Web.

Hoffer, Peter C. The Devil's Disciples:the Makers Of The Salem Witchcraft Trials. Hopkins, 1996. Web.


PhD, Harvard University, History 1970

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Join us in celebrating the release of Peter Hoffer's latest book, The Search for Justice: Lawyers in the Civil Rights Revolution, 1950-1975, (U Chicago Press, 2019).

Peter Hoffer is a Distinguished Research Professor at UGA. In 2016, the University Press of Kansas…

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