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William Hogeland writes and speaks (and sometimes picks banjo) on a variety of topics that illuminate connections between early American history and today’s political and cultural struggles, with a focus on insurrections, economic crises, social class, and conflicting American visions of democracy, equality, and liberty.

Hogeland is author of the critically acclaimed founding-era narrative histories Declaration and The Whiskey Rebellion (both in Simon & Schuster’s “America Collection”); a collection of essays on public history, Inventing American History (MIT Press/Boston Review Books); and the chapter on insurrections in A Blackwell Companion to American Military History. His latest book is Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosure, Protest, and Crackdown Made Us a Nation, in the University of Texas Press “Discovering America” series, edited by Mark Crispin Miller. His next book is under contract to Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hogeland was born in Virginia and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Saint Ann’s and Oberlin, he began his career as a playwright, actor, and performance artist with shows at the Kitchen, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Atlantic,” “American History,” “Boston Review,” “Slate,” Huffington Post,” “Alternet,” “Salon,” and elsewhere; he has blogged on founding-era American finance for Next New Deal and Bloomberg View’s “Echoes”  and on a variety of history and culture matters at http://www.williamhogeland.com. His essay “American Dreamers” was selected by Greil Marcus for Best American Music Writing 2009. He has worked as a teacher, a tutor, a marketing copywriter, a content and branding strategist, and a ghostwriter, among other things.

A lively public speaker for groups, schools, and organizations, Hogeland has told arresting tales of early American history and culture to responsive audiences at the National Archives, the Museum of American Finance History, Historic Philadelphia, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (keynote talk at Aspen), the John Adams National Historic Park, the Kansas City Public Library, Saint Ann’s School, Quincy College, CUNY’s Gotham Center, the Bostonian Society, and elsewhere. He has also appeared on PBS TV “History Detectives,” CBS TV “Good Morning, America,” C-SPAN “Book TV,” PCN “PA Books,” Minnesota Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, Fox News Radio, and many other broadcast, cable, and online shows and channels. William Hogeland lives and works in New York City.

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“For William Hogeland, thinking about history is an act of moral inquiry and high citizenship. A searching and original voice.”
Rick Perlstein

“Throwing down the gauntlet against the élites in the history business.”
David Skeel, Books and Culture

“Conjures up a lively post-Revolutionary world.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Good stuff.”
Douglass Rushkoff

“Political maneuvering of the kind that would make an Obama strategist’s mouth water … Delicious suspense.”
James Srodes, The Washington Times

“The most compelling and dramatically rendered story of the Whiskey Rebellion ever written.”
Gary Nash, UCLA

“Even-handed history and an implicit critique of contemporary politics.”
Michael Washburn, Boston Globe

“Deserves to be seen as a politics of anti-founding.”
Tom Cutterham, Jacobin

“Full of smart, unsettling observations that will enlighten — and discomfort — liberals and conservatives alike.”
Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia

“Insight, verve and an eye for the telling detail. A complex reading of minds and motivations.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Makes the great men seem all too human.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[Hogeland’s] acute angles on America’s dawn … serve as a vital reminder: Like us, the Founders were human beings living in muddied times.”
Gene Santoro, American History Magazine

“Narrative history writing at its finest . . . Reads like fiction, with unexpected twists and turns.”
Baltimore City Paper

“Provocative.”
Library Journal

“Thought-provoking.”
— Booklist

“One of the best books on the revolutionary period ever written . . . Makes you look at everything in a different light.”
— A Guy on Amazon

“Suitable for the recycle bin . . . This book is a joke.”
A Guy on Amazon