Published   semiannually
Language(s)   English
ISSN   0705-7113
Editorial Board


TIMOTHY MINCHIN, School of History and European Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne
JAN PILDITCH, Department of English, University of Waikato, Hamilton


CLARE CORBOULD, Review Editor, (History), Department of History, University of Sydney, Sydney

BRIAN EDWARDS, Review Editor, (Literature and related disciplines), School of Literary and Communications Studies, Deakin University, Geelong Campus
STEPHEN ROBERTSON Review Editor, (History and related disciplines), Department of History, University of Sydney, Sydney
IAN GORDON, Department of History, National University of Singapore, Singapore
GEOFF LEALAND Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato, Hamilton
HEATHER NEILSON, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW@ADFA, Canberra
PAUL TAILLON, Department of History, Auckland University, Auckland

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to: Timothy Minchin, School of History and European Studies, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 3086 or email: or Jan Pilditch, Department of English, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand or email: <>

Manuscripts should normally be submitted electronically or on disk. The disk must be 2DD or 2HD, in IBM format, Microsoft Word 5, or above. Font should be Times New Roman 11 for the text and Times New Roman 9 for the endnotes. Submissions are requested to follow the conventions of the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers published by the Australian Government Publishing Service (4th edition or above). All articles are refereed and should not normally exceed 6,000 words in length. Footnotes and references should be grouped at the end of the article. Contributors are requested to include institutional affiliation with accompanying biographical details.

The Editorial Board is responsible for the selection and acceptance of all contributions, but the opinions expressed and the accuracy of statements made therein remain the responsibility of individual authors. Papers are considered with the understanding that they have not been published and are not under consideration elsewhere. All contributions will be treated with care, but the Editorial Board cannot be responsible for losses from any cause. Contributors are urged to retain copies of all works submitted.

Articles appearing in this journal are index in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.  All material published in AJAS becomes the property of the Editors on behalf of the Australian and American Studies Association. AJAS is sent free to all members of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association. Individual issues, including back copies, may be purchased from the Treasurer. Prices on application.


Australasian Journal of American Studies

Published by the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association

AJAS (ISSN 0705-7113) is the official journal of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association.  It is published twice a year, in July and December.


The purpose of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA) is to encourage study and research in all aspects of U.S. culture and society.  In addition to publishing this Journal, the Association holds scholarly biennial conferences, supports postgraduate seminars, publishes occasional papers, supports research travel to the United States for postgraduate research candidates and encourages scholarly exchanges between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.




University of Melbourne

Vice President (Australia)
Charles Sturt University

Vice President (New Zealand)
University of Auckland


University of Melbourne



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Enquiries concerning the Association may be directed to:
Dr Barbara Keys, Department of History, University of Melbourne,


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July 2005, Vol. 24, No. 1

Editing AJAS: the first three years

‘Let’s Do Lunch’: Benjamin Franklin and the American Character

Trevor Burnard, Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World; Lisa Lindquist Dorr, White Women, Rape, and the Power of Race in Virginia, 1900-1960

Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

Rebecca J. Mead, How the Vote was Won: Woman Suffrage in the Western United States, 1868-1914

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The People and the President – America’s Conversation with FDR

Andrew Ross and Kristen Ross, Anti-Americanism

Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

Mike Marqusee, Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan’s Art


Teaching Students to Read Online Sources

Neither Male nor Female: Androgyny, Nativism and International Anti-Catholicism

Acquiescence or Resistance: Reconsidering Interracial Relationships Between Plantation Women in South Carolina, 1830-1861

‘Fashionable Female Studies’: The Popular Dissemination of Science in Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1830-60

‘What Might Have Been’ – Bill Clinton and American Political Power


The Price of Success: Tolerating a Failed Planter Patriarch

The King is Dead! Long Live the King?

The Planter, the Revolution, and the Historian

Landon Carter and his Slaves

Other Issues

December 2005, Vol. 24, No. 2