Howard Jones

Howard Jones

Dr. Howard Jones

University Research
Professor Emeritus


hjones@as.ua.edu
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1973

Research Interests

  • U.S. Foreign Relations from the 18th-Century to the Present

Courses Taught

  • HY325/525: Rise of America to World Power (to 1898)
  • HY 326/526: U.S. as a World Power (1898-Present)
  • HY341/541: U.S.-Vietnam War

Recent Publications

  • Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations, a volume in the “Littlefield History of the Civil War” series (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010).
    • Lincoln Prize, Honorable Mention (2010)
  • The Bay of Pigs, a volume in the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).
    • A Selection of:
      • The Book-of-the-Month Club
      • The History Book Club
      • The Military Book Club
      • The BOMC 2
  • Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations since 1945 (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009).
  • Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913, revised edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009).
  • Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations from 1897, revised ed. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).
  • Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War(New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
    • One of Choice Magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Books” for 2003.
  • Crucible of Power: A History of American Foreign Relations to 1913 (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).
  • “Cinqué of the Amistad a Slave Trader? Perpetuating a Myth.” Journal of American History 87 (2000): 923-939.
  • Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War (Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 1999).
  • With Donald A. Rakestraw, Prologue to Manifest Destiny: Anglo-American Relations in the 1840s (Wilmington, DE: SR Books, 1997).
    • One of Choice Magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Books” for 1997.
  • Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1992).
    • History Book Club Selection
    • Winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Book Award.
  • With Randall B. Woods, Dawning of the Cold War: The United States’ Quest for Order (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1991).
  • “A New Kind of War”: America’s Global Strategy and the Truman Doctrine in Greece (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).
  • Editor, The Foreign and Domestic Dimensions of Modern Warfare: Vietnam, Central America, and Nuclear Strategy (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1988).
  • Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987, revised, 1997).
    • A selection of:
      • The Book-of-the-Month Club
      • The History Book Club
      • The Quality Paperbacks Book Club
    • Also, used by Steven Spielberg as a key source for his film Amistad (1997).
  • To the Webster-Ashburton Treaty: A Study in Anglo-American Relations, 1783-1843 (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1977).
    • Winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Book Award.
    • Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Current Projects

  • Into the Heart of Darkness: My Lai, a volume in the “Pivotal Moments in American History” series (Oxford University Press)
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Diplomat (Rowman and Littlefield)
  • Destiny at Sea: The Alabama Crisis During the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press)

Awards and Honors

  • Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor, University of Alabama (1999).
  • Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award (1989).
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