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Items in History of the Americas that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 30 days.


  • Replenished ethnicity : Mexican Americans, immigration, and identity / Tomás R. Jiménez
    E 184 M5 J564 2010eb

  • Real Indians : identity and the survival of Native America / Eva Marie Garroutte
    E 98 E85 G377 2003eb

  • First peoples in a new world : colonizing ice age America / David J. Meltzer
    E 77.9 M458 2009eb

  • Buddha is hiding : refugees, citizenship, the new America / Aihwa Ong
    F 869 O2 O543 2003eb

  • Beyond the borderlands : migration and belonging in the United States and Mexico / Debra Lattanzi Shutika
    F 159 K26 L388 2011eb

  • Jews & gentiles in early America, 1654-1800 / William Pencak
    E 184.3512 P463 2005eb

  • Embodying Black experience : stillness, critical memory, and the Black body / Harvey Young
    E 185.625 Y686 2010eb

  • Black cultural traffic : crossroads in global performance and popular culture / edited by Harry J. Elam, Jr., and Kennell Jackson
    E 185.625 B533 2005eb

  • The Xavánte in transition : health, ecology, and bioanthropology in central Brazil / Carlos E.A. Coimbra Jr. [et al.]
    F 2520.1 A4 X383 2002eb

  • Washington's China : the national security world, the Cold War, and the origins of globalism / James Peck
    E 183.8 C5 P435 2006eb

  • Swinging the machine : modernity, technology, and African American culture between the World Wars / Joel Dinerstein
    E 185.6 D564 2003eb

  • Remembering the forgotten war : the enduring legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War / Michael Scott Van Wagenen
    E 404 V369 2012eb

  • Making war and minting Christians : masculinity, religion, and colonialism in early New England / R. Todd Romero
    F 7 R664 2011eb

  • Celebrating the fourth : Independence Day and the rites of nationalism in the early Republic / Len Travers
    E 286 T738 1997eb

  • The problem of the color line at the turn of the twentieth century : the essential early essays / W.E.B. Du Bois ; edited by Nahum Dimitri Chandler
    E 185.97 D73 D836 2015eb

  • Ancient pathways, ancestral knowledge : ethnobotany and ecological wisdom of Indigenous peoples of northwestern North America / Nancy J. Turner
    E 98 B7 T876 2014eb

  • A place in the sun : Haiti, Haitians, and the remaking of Quebec / Sean Mills
    F 1055 H34 M555 2016eb

  • Thomas D'Arcy McGee / David A. Wilson
    F 1032 M126 W557 2008eb

  • The rock-art of eastern North America : capturing images and insight / edited by Carol Diaz-Granados and James R. Duncan
    E 78 E2 R635 2004eb

  • Apache reservation : indigenous peoples and the American state / Richard J. Perry
    E 99 A6 P477 1993eb

  • Zaprudered : the Kennedy assassination film in visual culture / Øyvind Vågnes
    E 842.9 V346 2011eb

  • Brown tide rising : metaphors of Latinos in contemporary American public discourse / Otto Santa Ana ; foreword by Joe R. Feagin
    E 184 S75 S268 2003eb

  • Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche military societies : enduring veterans, 1800 to the present / William C. Meadows
    E 99 K5 M433 2002eb

  • Shadowed ground : America's landscapes of violence and tragedy / Kenneth E. Foote
    E 159 F668 2003eb

  • Stories in red and black : pictorial histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs / Elizabeth Hill Boone
    F 1219.54 A98 B666 2000eb

  • Facundo and the construction of Argentine culture / by Diana Sorensen Goodrich
    F 2846 S247 S674 1996eb

  • Stone tool use at Cerros : the ethnoarchaeological and use-wear evidence / by Suzanne M. Lewenstein
    F 1435.1 C43 L494 1987eb

  • A history and ethnography of the Beothuk / Ingeborg Marshall
    E 99 B4 M377 1997eb

  • Anthropology, public policy, and native peoples in Canada / edited by Noel Dyck and James B. Waldram
    E 78 C2 A584 1993eb

  • Inuit shamanism and Christianity : transitions and transformations in the twentieth century / Frédéric B. Laugrand and Jarich G. Oosten
    E 99 E7 L384 2010eb

  • The ethnic quilt : population diversity in Southern California / James P. Allen and Eugene Turner
    F 867 A454 1997eb

  • The anguish of snails : Native American folklore in the West / Barre Toelken
    E 78 W5 T645 2003eb

  • Gold and freedom : the political economy of Reconstruction / Nicolas Barreyre ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer
    E 668 B377 2015eb

  • White bound : nationalists, antiracists, and the shared meanings of race / Matthew W. Hughey
    E 184 A1 H844 2012eb

  • Roots of insurgency : Mexican regions, 1750-1824 / Brian R. Hamnett
    F 1229 H366 2002eb

  • Pre-revolutionary Caracas : politics, economy, and society, 1777-1811 / P. Michael McKinley
    F 2341 C257 M355 2002eb

  • Native society and disease in colonial Ecuador / Suzanne Austin Alchon
    F 3721.3 D58 A434 2004eb

  • Dust Bowl : the southern Plains in the 1930s / Donald Worster
    F 786 W677 2004eb

  • Pacific connections : the making of the U.S.-Canadian borderlands / Kornel S. Chang
    E 179.5 C436 2012eb

  • Blood politics : race, culture, and identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma / Circe Sturm
    E 99 C5 S787 2002eb

  • Standing ground : Yurok Indian spirituality, 1850-1990 / Thomas Buckley
    E 99 Y97 B835 2002eb

  • Rethinking the American race problem / Roy L. Brooks
    E 185.615 B766 1992eb

  • Whitewashing race : the myth of a color-blind society / Michael K. Brown ... [et al.]
    E 185.615 W458 2003eb

  • Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class / Karyn R. Lacy
    E 185.86 L339 2007eb

  • Reading Columbus / Margarita Zamora
    E 112 Z366 1993eb

  • The politics of military rule in Brazil, 1964-85 / Thomas E. Skidmore
    F 2538.25 S553 1989eb

  • The European and the Indian : essays in the ethnohistory of colonial North America / James Axtell
    E 98 C89 A984 1982eb

  • To keep the waters troubled : the life of Ida B. Wells / Linda O. McMurry
    E 185.97 W55 E393 2000eb

  • The Whiskey Rebellion : frontier epilogue to the American Revolution / Thomas P. Slaughter
    E 315 S538 1988eb

  • The crucible of race : Black/White relations in the American South since emancipation / Joel Williamson
    E 185.61 W555 1984eb

  • America in the Great War : the rise of the war welfare state / Ronald Schaffer
    E 780 S334 1994eb

  • Crowns of glory, tears of blood : the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823 / Emilia Viotti da Costa
    F 2384 C678 1997eb

  • Signifyin(g), sanctifyin' & slam dunking : a reader in African American expressive culture / edited by Gena Dagel Caponi
    E 185.86 S575 1999
    Observers of American society have long noted the distinctive contribution of African Americans to the nation's cultural life. We find references to African American music and dance, black forms of oral expression, even a black style of playing basketball. But what do such terms really mean? Is it legitimate to talk about a distinct African American aesthetic, or is it simply a vestige of an outmoded racial essentialism? What makes a particular form of cultural expression black, other than the fact that some African Americans may practice it?

  • The Rise of the Alt-Right / Thomas J. Main
    E 912 M357 2018eb
    What is the Alt-Right, and how will it affect America? Donald Trump's election as president in 2016 suddenly brought to prominence a political movement that few in political circles or the mainstream media had paid much attention to: the so-called Alt-Right. Steven Bannon, Trump's campaign manager, was a leading figure in the movement, and the election results seemed to give it a real opportunity to gain some political power. But what is the Alt-Right? Is it a movement, a theory, a trend, or just an unorganized group of people far outside of what used to be the political mainstream in America? Or, could it be all of these things? Why has it suddenly emerged into prominence? What impact is it having on American politics today, and what are the prospects for the Alt-Right in the future? Through careful research and analysis, The Rise of the Alt-Right addresses these and other questions, tracing the movement's history from the founding of modern conservatism in postwar America to the current Trump era. Although the Alt-Right might seem to be just the latest extremist group to arise in the United States--one likely to take its place in the graveyard of its many predecessors--Thomas J. Main analyzes evidence that the Alt-Right is having a greater influence on the American political mainstream than did past extremist tendencies. The Rise of the Alt-Right is thus an important study for anyone interested in the future of American politics and public life.

  • Reshaping the Political Arena in Latin America : From Resisting Neoliberalism to the Second Incorporation / edited by Eduardo Silva and Federico M. Rossi
    F 1414 R45 2018eb

  • Paving the Way for Reagan : The Influence of Conservative Media on US Foreign Policy / Laurence R. Jurdem
    E 744 J877 2018eb

    From 1964 to 1980, the United States was buffeted by a variety of international crises, including the nation's defeat in Vietnam, the growing aggression of the Soviet Union, and Washington's inability to free the fifty two American hostages held by Islamic extremists in Iran. Through this period and in the decades that followed, Commentary, Human Events, and National Review magazines were critical in supporting the development of GOP conservative positions on key issues that shaped events at home and abroad. These publications and the politicians they influenced pursued a fundamental realignment of US foreign policy that culminated in the election of Ronald Reagan.

    Paving the Way for Reagan closely examines the ideas and opinions conveyed by the magazines in relationship to their critiques of the dominant liberal foreign policy events of the 1960s and 1970s. Revealed is how the journalists' key insights and assessments of the US strategies on Vietnam, China, the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT), the United Nations, the Panama Canal, Rhodesia, and the Middle East applied pressure to leaders on the Right within the GOP who they believed were not being faithful to conservative principles. Their views were ultimately adopted within the conservative movement, and subsequently, helped lay the foundation for Reagan's "peace through strength" foreign policy.

    Incorporating primary sources and firsthand accounts from writers and editors, Jurdem provides a comprehensive analysis of how these three publications played a fundamental role influencing elite opinion for a paradigm shift in US foreign policy during this crucial sixteen--year period.


  • Standing on Principle : Lessons Learned in Public Life / James J. Florio ; foreword by Senator Bill Bradley
    F 140.22 F56 A3 2018eb
    James J. Florio is best known as governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994. But his career in local, state, and national government is far more varied, and his achievements as a progressive reformer are more substantial than most realize.

    This political memoir tells the remarkable story of how Florio, a high school dropout who left to join the Navy as a teenager, went on to become an attorney, a state assemblyman, a congressman, and a governor. A passionate defender of the environment, Florio played a crucial role in the enactment of 1980s-era Superfund laws, which helped to clean up toxic waste sites in New Jersey and around the country. As governor, he fought for the groundbreaking Clean Water Enforcement Act. But his reforms quite literally came at a cost, as he raised New Jersey sales taxes and income taxes to balance the state budget. Florio reflects upon the challenges of meeting the state's budgetary needs while keeping his tax-averse constituents happy.

    Standing on Principle reveals a politician who has never been afraid to take a progressive stand--including a firm stance against semiautomatic weapons that led gun lobbyists to bankroll his opponent. His story is sure to inspire readers from New Jersey and across the nation.

    Published in cooperation with the Center on the American Governor, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

  • My Life in Progressive Politics : Against the Grain / Joseph D. Tydings ; with John W. Frece
    E 840.8 T93 A3 2018eb

  • Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country / edited by Marianne O. Nielsen and Karen Jarratt-Snider
    E 98 C87 C757 2018eb

  • Limits to Decolonization : Indigeneity, Territory, and Hydrocarbon Politics in the Bolivian Chaco / Penelope Anthias
    F 3320.1 L35 A58 2018eb

    Penelope Anthias's Limits to Decolonization addresses one of the most important issues in contemporary indigenous politics: struggles for territory. Based on the experience of thirty-six Guaraní communities in the Bolivian Chaco, Anthias reveals how two decades of indigenous mapping and land titling have failed to reverse a historical trajectory of indigenous dispossession in the Bolivian lowlands. Through an ethnographic account of the "limits" the Guaraní have encountered over the course of their territorial claim--from state boundaries to landowner opposition to hydrocarbon development--Anthias raises critical questions about the role of maps and land titles in indigenous struggles for self-determination.

    Anthias argues that these unresolved territorial claims are shaping the contours of an era of "post-neoliberal" politics in Bolivia. Limits to Decolonization reveals the surprising ways in which indigenous peoples are reframing their territorial projects in the context of this hydrocarbon state and drawing on their experiences of the limits of state recognition. The tensions of Bolivia's "process of change" are revealed, as Limits to Decolonization rethinks current debates on cultural rights, resource politics, and Latin American leftist states. In sum, Anthias reveals the creative and pragmatic ways in which indigenous peoples contest and work within the limits of postcolonial rule in pursuit of their own visions of territorial autonomy.


  • Dissensual Subjects : Memory, Human Rights, and Postdictatorship in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay / Andrew C. Rajca
    F 2849.2 R327 2018eb

  • American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump / Hal Brands
    E 912 B733 2018eb

  • Keeping Faith in Congress : Why Persistence, Compassion, and Teamwork Will Save Our Democracy / Lois Capps ; foreword by Nancy Pelosi
    F 866.4 C37 C375 2018eb
    In 1996, Walter Capps won a seat in US House of Representatives. Less than a year later, he suffered a massive heart attack at Dulles Airport and died in his wife's arms. Lois Capps, a retired school nurse, decided just a few days later to run for her husband's seat. She won that election and went on to serve eight more terms in Congress, representing the central coast of California and advocating progressive causes.In Keeping Faith in Congress, Lois Capps poignantly tells her story--of her husband's death and her decision to run, of her daughter's death to cancer just a few years later, of her efforts to work across the aisle, and of her work on behalf of her constituents.No matter what personal or professional obstacles she faced, Representative Capps never lost faith in democracy. Instead, even the challenges taught her lessons. Now she shares those lessons, hoping that others can be inspired to work on behalf of the common good.

  • Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas : The Ghost Dance, Peyote, and Christianity / Benjamin R. Kracht
    E 99 K5 K75 2018eb
    Framed by theories of syncretism and revitalization, Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas examines changes in Kiowa belief and ritual in the final decades of the nineteenth century. During the height of the horse-and-bison culture, Kiowa beliefs were founded in the notion of daudau , a force permeating the universe that was accessible through vision quests. Following the end of the Southern Plains wars in 1875, the Kiowas were confined within the boundaries of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache (Plains Apache) Reservation. As wards of the government, they witnessed the extinction of the bison herds, which led to the collapse of the Sun Dance by 1890. Though prophet movements in the 1880s had failed to restore the bison, other religions emerged to fill the void left by the loss of the Sun Dance. Kiowas now sought daudau through the Ghost Dance, Christianity, and the Peyote religion.

    Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas examines the historical and sociocultural conditions that spawned the new religions that arrived in Kiowa country at the end of the nineteenth century, as well as Native and non-Native reactions to them. A thorough examination of these sources reveals how resilient and adaptable the Kiowas were in the face of cultural genocide between 1883 and 1933. Although the prophet movements and the Ghost Dance were short-lived, Christianity and the Native American Church have persevered into the twenty-first century. Benjamin R. Kracht shows how Kiowa traditions and spirituality were amalgamated into the new religions, creating a distinctive Kiowa identity.

  • The Bungling Host : The Nature of Indigenous Oral Literature / Daniel Clement ; translated by Peter Frost
    E 98 F6 C6413 2018eb
    The Bungling Host motif appears in countless indigenous cultures in North America and beyond. In this groundbreaking work Daniel Clément has gathered nearly four hundred North American variants of the story to examine how myths acquire meaning for their indigenous users and explores how seemingly absurd narratives can prove to be a rich source of meaning when understood within the appropriate context. In analyzing the Bungling Host tales, Clément considers not only material culture but also social, economic, and cultural life; Native knowledge of the environment; and the world of plants and animals.

    Clément's analysis uncovers four operational modes in myth construction and clarifies the relationship between mythology and science. Ultimately he demonstrates how science may have developed out of an operational mode that already existed in the mythological mind.

  • Posthumous America : Literary Reinventions of America at the End of the Eighteenth Century / Benjamin Hoffmann ; translated by Alan J. Singerman
    E 164 H71513 2018eb

  • Civil Obedience : Complicity and Complacency in Chile since Pinochet / Michael J. Lazzara
    F 3100 L394 2018eb

  • Exiled : From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back / Katya Cengel
    F 870 K45 C46 2018eb
    San Tran Croucher's earliest memories are of fleeing ethnic attacks in her Vietnamese village, only to be later tortured in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.

    Katya Cengel met San when San was seventy-five years old and living in California, having miraculously survived the Cambodian genocide with her three daughters, Sithy, Sithea, and Jennifer. But San's family's troubles didn't end after their resettlement in California. As a teenager under the Khmer Rouge, San's daughter Sithy had been the family's savior, the strong one who learned how to steal food to keep them alive. In the United States, Sithy's survival skills were best suited for a life of crime, and she was eventually jailed for drug possession. U.S. immigration law enforces deportation of any immigrant or refugee who is found guilty of certain illegal activities, and San has hired a lawyer to fight Sithy's deportation case. Only time will tell if they are successful.

    In Exiled Cengel follows the stories of four Cambodian families, including San's, as they confront criminal deportation forty years after their resettlement in the United States. Weaving together these stories into a single narrative, Cengel finds that violence comes in many forms and that trauma is passed down through generations. With no easy answers, Cengel reveals a cycle of violence, followed by safety, and then loss.

  • The Man in the Arena : The Life and Times of U.S. Senator Gale McGee / Rodger McDaniel ; foreword by Alan K. Simpson
    E 748 M1482 M33 2018eb
    There was a time when Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain and midwestern states were as likely to elect a liberal Democrat to Congress as they were a conservative Republican. Gale McGee (1915-92) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958, at the height of American liberalism. He typified what Teddy Roosevelt called "the man in the arena" and was a major player in the development of America's post-World War II foreign policy and almost every legislative milestone in U.S. history from the 1950s to 1980. McGee's careers as an academic, a senator, and an ambassador spanned World War II, the Red Scare, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the activist Congress of the 1960s. This elegantly conceived biography of a liberal from the conservative rural state of Wyoming offers readers a glimpse into formative political shifts of the twentieth century.

    The national liberal consensus of the 1960s, in which McGee played a major role, gave the nation Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the minimum wage, and the right to collective bargaining, as well as landmark civil rights and environmental reforms. That consensus had ended by the mid-1970s as McGee's liberalism would no longer be welcome to represent the Equality State.

    Moving beyond biography, Rodger McDaniel addresses the significant shift in government and details how the attribution "liberal" became a candidate's epitaph, as widespread distrust of government cast a shadow on the many benefits acquired through the old liberal consensus. McDaniel's insights into the past as well as McGee's experiences in the arena shed unexpected light on the present state of U.S. politics and government.

  • Politics in Uniform : Military Officers and Dictatorship in Brazil, 1960-80 / Maud Chirio
    F 2538.25 C4913 2018eb

  • Mexico City, 1808 : Power, Sovereignty, and Silver in an Age of War and Revolution / John Tutino
    F 1386.3 T88 2018eb

  • A Strife of Tongues : The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War / Stephen E. Maizlish
    E 423 M26 2018eb

    Near the end of a nine-month confrontation preceding the Compromise of 1850, Abraham Venable warned his fellow congressmen that "words become things." Indeed, in politics--then, as now--rhetoric makes reality. But while the legislative maneuvering, factional alignments, and specific measures of the Compromise of 1850 have been exhaustively studied, much of the language of the debate, where underlying beliefs and assumptions were revealed, has been neglected.

    The Compromise of 1850 attempted to defuse confrontation between slave and free states on the status of territories acquired during the Mexican-American War--which would be free, which would allow slavery, and how the Fugitive Slave Law would be enacted. A Strife of Tongues tells the cultural and intellectual history of this pivotal political event through the lens of language, revealing the complex context of northern and southern ideological opposition within which the Civil War occurred a decade later. Deftly drawing on extensive records, from public discourse to private letters, Stephen Maizlish animates the most famous political characters of the age in their own words. This novel account reveals a telling irony--that the Compromise debates of 1850 only made obvious the hardening of sectional division of ideology, which led to a breakdown in the spirit of compromise in the antebellum period and laid the foundations of the U.S. Civil War.


  • Jefferson on Display : Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation / G.S. Wilson
    E 332.2 W576 2018eb

    When we think of Thomas Jefferson, a certain picture comes to mind for some of us, combining his physical appearance with our perception of his character. During Jefferson's lifetime this image was already taking shape, helped along by his own assiduous cultivation. In Jefferson on Display, G. S. Wilson draws on a broad array of sources to show how Jefferson fashioned his public persona to promote his political agenda. During his long career, his image shifted from cosmopolitan intellectual to man of the people. As president he kept friends and foes guessing: he might appear unpredictably in old, worn, and out-of-date clothing with hair unkempt, yet he could as easily play the polished gentleman in a black suit, as he hosted small dinners in the President's House that were noted for their French-inspired food and fine European wines. Even in retirement his image continued to evolve, as guests at Monticello reported being met by the Sage clothed in rough fabrics that he proudly claimed were created from his own merino sheep, leading Americans by example to manufacture their own clothing, free of Europe.

    By paying close attention to Jefferson's controversial clothing choices and physical appearance--as well as his use of portraiture, architecture, and the polite refinements of dining, grooming, and conversation--Wilson provides invaluable new insight into this perplexing founder.


  • Engines of Rebellion : Confederate Ironclads and Steam Engineering in the American Civil War / Saxon T. Bisbee
    E 596 B63 2018eb

  • Island in the City : A Memoir / Micah McCrary
    E 185.97 M337 M335 2018eb
    What forges the unique human personality? In Island in the City Micah McCrary, taking his genetic inheritance as immutable, considers the role geography has played in shaping who he is. Place often leaves indelible marks: the badges of self-discovery; the scars from adversity and hardship; the gilded stamps from personal triumphs; the tattoos of memory; and the new appendages--friendships, experiences, and baggage--we carry with us. Each place, with its own personality, has the power to form or revise our personhood in surprising and fascinating ways.

    McCrary considers three places he has called home (Normal, Illinois; Chicago; and Prague) and reflects on how these surroundings have shaped him. His sharp-eyed, charming memoir-in-essays contemplates how aspects of his identity, such as being black, male, middle-class, queer, and American, have developed and been influenced by where he hangs his hat.

  • The Contest : The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul / Michael Schumacher
    E 851 S383 2018eb

    A dramatic, deeply informed account of one of the most consequential elections and periods in American history

    1968--rife with riots, assassinations, anti-Vietnam War protests, and realpolitik--was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year. Bringing a fresh perspective to events that still resonate half a century later, this book is especially timely, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics.

    Author Michael Schumacher sets the stage with a deep look at the people with important roles in the unfolding drama: Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, George Wallace, Richard Nixon, and especially Hubert H. Humphrey, whose papers and journals afford surprising new insights. Following these politicians in the lead-up to the primaries, through the chaotic conventions, and down the home stretch to the general election, The Contest combines biographical and historical details to create a narrative as intimate in human detail as it is momentous in scope and significance.

    An election year when the competing forces of law and order and social justice were on the ballot, the Vietnam War divided the country, and the liberal regime begun with Franklin D. Roosevelt was on the defensive, 1968 marked a profound shift in the nation's culture and sense of itself. Thorough in its research and spellbinding in the telling, Schumacher's book brings sharp focus to that year and its lessons for our current critical moment in American politics.


  • The Mentelles : Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky / Randolph Paul Runyon
    F 460 F8 R86 2018eb

    Though they were not, as Charlotte claimed, refugees from the French Revolution, Augustus Waldemar and Charlotte Victoire Mentelle undoubtedly felt like exiles in their adopted hometown of Lexington, Kentucky -- a settlement that was still a frontier town when they arrived in 1798. Through the years, the cultured Parisian couple often reinvented themselves out of necessity, but their most famous venture was Mentelle's for Young Ladies, an intellectually rigorous school that attracted students from around the region and greatly influenced its most well-known pupil, Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Drawing on newly translated materials and previously overlooked primary sources, Randolph Paul Runyon explores the life and times of the important but understudied pair in this intriguing dual biography. He illustrates how the Mentelles' origins and education gave them access to the higher strata of Bluegrass society even as their views on religion, politics, and culture kept them from feeling at home in America. They were intimates of statesman Henry Clay, and one of their daughters married into the Clay family, but like other immigrant families in the region, they struggled to survive.

    Throughout, Runyon reveals the Mentelles as eloquent chroniclers of crucial moments in Ohio and Kentucky history, from the turn of the nineteenth century to the eve of the Civil War. They rankled at the baleful influence of conservative religion on the local college, the influence of whiskey on the local population, and the scandal of slavery in the land of liberty. This study sheds new light on the lives of a remarkable pair who not only bore witness to key events in early American history, but also had a singular impact on the lives of their friends, their students, and their community.


  • The Kremlinologist : Llewellyn E Thompson, America's Man in Cold War Moscow / Sherry Thompson and Jenny Thompson
    E 748 T518 T56 2018eb

    Against the sprawling backdrop of the Cold War, The Kremlinologist revisits some of the twentieth century's greatest conflicts as seen through the eyes of its hardest working diplomat, Llewellyn E Thompson. From the wilds of the American West to the inner sanctums of the White House and the Kremlin, Thompson became an important advisor to presidents and a key participant in major global events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Yet unlike his contemporaries Robert S. McNamara and Dean Rusk, who considered Thompson one of the most crucial Cold War actors and the "unsung hero" of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he has not been the subject of a major biography--until now.

    Thompson's daughters Jenny and Sherry Thompson skillfully and thoroughly document his life as an accomplished career diplomat. In vigorous prose, they describe how Thompson joined the Foreign Service both to feed his desire for adventure and from a deep sense of duty. They also detail the crucial role he played as a negotiator unafraid of compromise. Known in the State Department as "Mr. Tightlips," Thompson was the epitome of discretion. People from completely opposite ends of the political spectrum lauded his approach to diplomacy and claimed him as their own.

    Refuting historical misinterpretations of the Berlin Crisis, the Austrian State Treaty, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Thompsons tell their father's fascinating story. With unprecedented access to Thompson's FBI dossier, State Department personnel files, letters, diaries, speeches, and documents, and relying on probing interviews and generous assistance from American and Russian archivists, historians, and government officials, the authors bring new material to light, including important information on the U-2, Kennan's containment policy, and Thompson's role in US covert operations machinery.

    This unique and monumental biography not only restores a central figure to history, it makes the crucial events he shaped accessible to a broader readership and gives contemporary readers a backdrop for understanding the fraught United StatesRussia relationship that still exists today.


  • Rethinking the Civil War Era : Directions for Research / Paul D. Escott
    E 468.9 E83 2018eb

    Arguably, no event since the American Revolution has had a greater impact on US history than the Civil War. This devastating and formative conflict occupies a permanent place in the nation's psyche and continues to shape race relations, economic development, and regional politics. Naturally, an event of such significance has attracted much attention from historians, and tens of thousands of books have been published on the subject. Despite this breadth of study, new perspectives and tools are opening up fresh avenues of inquiry into this seminal era.

    In this timely and thoughtful book, Paul D. Escott surveys the current state of Civil War studies and explores the latest developments in research and interpretation. He focuses on specific issues where promising work is yet to be done, highlighting subjects such as the deep roots of the war, the role of African Americans, and environmental history, among others. He also identifies digital tools which have only recently become available and which allow researchers to take advantage of information in ways that were never before possible. Rethinking the Civil War Era is poised to guide young historians in much the way that James M. McPherson and William J. Cooper Jr.'s Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand did for a previous generation. Escott eloquently charts new ways forward for scholars, offering ideas, questions, and challenges. His work will not only illuminate emerging research but will also provide inspiration for future research in a field that continues to adapt and change.


  • Land, Liberty, and Water : Morelos After Zapata, 1920–1940 / Salvador Salinas
    F 1311 S25 2018eb
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