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Michael McCoy

Image of Michael McCoyMichael B. McCoy is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Global Studies at SUNY Orange. He earned his MA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied Early American and Atlantic History. For the past decade, his research has focused on the political, social, and economic lives of working people in the late colonial and Early Republic eras.


The Anxious Republic: A History of the New American Nation, 1788-1848 2nd Edition (Dubuque, IA: 2016).

Journal Articles & Chapters

“The High Price of Living: The Lives of Insolvent Laborers in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1815-1842” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 84.2 (Spring 2017): 171-213.

“Forgetting Freedom: White Anxiety, Black Presence, and Gradual Abolition in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1780-1838,” PHMB: Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography, 136.2 (April, 2012): 141-68.

“The Margins of Enlightenment: Benjamin Rush, the Rural World, and Sociability in Post-Revolutionary Pennsylvania,” in Scott Breuninger and David Burrow, Sociability and Cosmopolitanism: Social Bonds on the Fringes of the Enlightenment (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012): 141-62.

“Hybridity and Creolization in Early Pennsylvania,” [Review Essay] Eighteenth Century Studies 45.1 (Fall, 2011), 153-56.

“Barbarian Philosophe: Market, Modernity & the Enlightenment on James Smith’s Frontier,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 76.3 ‘Special Issue: Pennsylvania and the Atlantic World’ (Summer, 2009): 217-49.

"Absconding Servants, Anxious Germans, and Angry Sailors: Working People and the Making of the Philadelphia Election Riot of 1742,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 74.4 (Fall, 2007): 427-51.

Curriculum Vitae
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Hudson Hall 114E

History Links

Pennsylvania Historical Association*

McNeil Center for Early American Studies*

American Historical Association*