The shaping of the American nation

From Common-place, a review of Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts by Daniel K. Richter; a review of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America by Kate Haulman; and a review of The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation by Andrea Wulf. Daniel Wickberg on the present and future of American intellectual history. A review of What WE Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement by Fred Pelka. From Boston Review, a forum on the Port Huron Statement at 50. Battleground America: Jill Lepore on the insanity of our gun laws. A look at the the most hilariously paranoid things you can buy on the NRA website. What ever happened to the American arcade? The last tower: Ben Auten on the decline and fall of public housing. Michael J. Lewis on the decline of American monuments and memorials. Robert Moffit on why Congress must confront the administrative state. How Americans lost trust in our greatest institutions: It's not just Washington — across the country, citizens' faith in their city halls, newspapers, and churches is fading.