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


  • The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 44 1 July to 10 November 1804 / James P. McClure, editor
    E 302 J442 1950aeb vol. 44
    Aaron Burr fells Alexander Hamilton in a duel in July, but Jefferson, caring little for either adversary or for disruptive partisan warfare, gives the event only limited notice. He contends with the problem of filling the offices necessary for the establishment of Orleans Territory on October 1. He is constrained by his lack of knowledge about potential officeholders. Meanwhile, a delegation with a memorial from disgruntled Louisianians travels to Washington. In August, the U.S. Mediterranean squadron bombards Tripoli. The United States has uneasy relationships around its periphery. Jefferson compiles information on British "aggressions" in American ports and waters, and drafts a bill to allow federal judges and state governors to call on military assistance when British commanders spurn civil authority. Another bill seeks to prevent merchant ships from arming for trade with Haiti. Contested claims to West Florida, access to the Gulf of Mexico, tensions along the Texas-Louisiana boundary, and unresolved maritime claims exacerbate relations with Spain. Jefferson continues his policy of pushing Native American nations to give up their lands east of the Mississippi River. Yellow fever has devastating effects in New Orleans. Abigail Adams terminates the brief revival of their correspondence, musing that "Affection still lingers in the Bosom, even after esteem has taken its flight." In November, Jefferson delivers his annual message to Congress. He also commences systematic records to manage his guest lists for official dinners.

  • Saints, Statues, and Stories A Folklorist Looks at the Religious Art of Sonora / James S. Griffith
    F 1346 G76 2019

  • A Diné History of Navajoland Klara Kelley and Harris Francis
    E 99 N3K3345 2019

  • Colonial loyalties : celebrating the Spanish monarchy in eighteenth-century Lima / María Soledad Barbón
    F 3601.2 B37 2019

  • Xurt'an : the end of the world and other myths, songs, charms, and chants by the Northern Lacandones of Naha' / Suzanne Cook
    F 1221 L2C67 2019
    Xurt'an (the end of the world) showcases the rich storytelling traditions of the northern Lacandones of Naha' through a collection of traditional narratives, songs, and ritual speech. Formerly isolated in the dense, tropical rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico, the Lacandon Maya constitute one of the smallest language groups in the world. Although their language remains active and alive, their traditional culture was abandoned after the death of their religious and civic leader in 1996. Lacking the traditional contexts in which the culture was transmitted, the oral traditions are quickly being forgotten.

    This collection includes creation myths that describe the cycle of destruction and renewal of the world, the structure of the universe, the realms of the gods and their intercessions in the affairs of their mortals, and the journey of the souls after death. Other traditional stories are non-mythic and fictive accounts involving talking animals, supernatural beings, and malevolent beings that stalk and devour hapless victims. In addition to traditional narratives, Xurt'an presents many songs that are claimed to have been received from the Lord of Maize, magical charms that invoke the forces of the natural world, invocations to the gods to heal and protect, and work songs of Lacandon women, whose contribution to Lacandon culture has been hitherto overlooked by scholars. Women's songs offer a rare glimpse into the other half of Lacandon society and the arduous distaff work that sustained the religion. The compilation concludes with descriptions of rainbows, the Milky Way as "the white road of Our Lord," and an account of the solstices.

    Transcribed and translated by a foremost linguist of the northern Lacandon language, the literary traditions of the Lacandones are finally accessible to English readers. The result is a masterful and authoritative collection of oral literature that will both entertain and provoke, while vividly testifying to the power of Lacandon Maya aesthetic expression.

  • Ojibwe, activist, priest : the life of Father Philip Bergin Gordon, Tibishkogijik / Tadeusz Lewandowski
    E 99 C6G644 2019eb

  • The seventh heaven : travels through Jewish Latin America / Ilan Stavans
    F1419.J4

  • The Gulf of Mexico : a maritime history / John S. Sledge
    F 296 S63 2019

    The Gulf of Mexico presents a compelling, salt-streaked narrative of the earth's tenth largest body of water. In this beautifully written and illustrated volume, John S. Sledge explores the people, ships, and cities that have made the Gulf's human history and culture so rich. Many famous figures who sailed the Gulf's viridian waters are highlighted, including Ponce de León, Robert Cavelier de La Salle, Francis Drake, Elizabeth Agassiz, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dwight Sigsbee at the helm of the doomed Maine. Sledge also introduces a fascinating array of people connected to maritime life in the Gulf, among them Maya priests, French pirates, African American stevedores, and Greek sponge divers.

    Gulf events of global historical importance are detailed, such as the only defeat of armed and armored steamships by wooden sailing vessels, the first accurate deep-sea survey and bathymetric map of any ocean basin, the development of shipping containers by a former truck driver frustrated with antiquated loading practices, and the worst environmental disaster in American annals.

    Occasionally shifting focus ashore, Sledge explains how people representing a gumbo of ethnicities built some of the world's most exotic cities--Havana, way station for conquistadores and treasure-filled galleons; New Orleans, the Big Easy, famous for its beautiful French Quarter, Mardi Gras, and relaxed morals; and oft-besieged Veracruz, Mexico's oldest city, founded in 1519 by Hernán Cortés. Throughout history the residents of these cities and their neighbors along the littoral have struggled with challenges both natural and human-induced--devastating hurricanes, frightening epidemics, catastrophic oil spills, and conflicts ranging from dockside brawls to pirate raids, foreign invasion, civil war, and revolution. In the modern era the Gulf has become critical to energy production, fisheries, tourism, and international trade, even as it is threatened by pollution and climate change. The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History is a work of verve and sweep that illuminates both the risks of life on the water and the riches that come from its bounty.


  • Return to Ixil : Maya society in an eighteenth-century Yucatec town / Mark Christensen and Matthew Restall
    F 1435 C574 2019
    Return to Ixil is an examination of over 100 colonial-era Maya wills from the Yucatec town of Ixil, presented together and studied fully for the first time. These testaments make up the most significant corpus of Maya-language documents from the colonial period. Offering an unprecedented picture of material and spiritual life in Ixil from 1738 to 1779, they are rare and rich sources for the study of Maya culture and history.

    Supplemented with additional archival research, the wills provide new and detailed descriptions of various aspects of life in eighteenth-century Ixil. In each chapter, authors Mark Christensen and Matthew Restall examine a different dimension of Ixil's colonial history, including the role of notaries, Maya participation in a coastal militia, economy and modes of production, religious life and records, and the structures and patterns of familial relationships. These details offer insight into the complex network of societies in colonial Yucatan, colonial Mesoamerica, and colonial Latin America.

    Including an appendix presenting the original Maya texts as well as translations by Christensen and Restall, Return to Ixil not only analyzes the largest body of substantive wills in any Mayan language known today but also provides a rare closeup view of the inner workings of a colonial Maya town and the communal and familial affairs that made up a large part of the Maya colonial experience. It will be of great interest to Mayanists as well as to students and scholars of history, anthropology, ethnohistory, linguistics, and social history.

    The publication of this book is supported in part by Brigham Young University and Penn State University .

  • Photographing Texas the Swartz brothers, 1880-1918 / Richard F. Selcer
    F 394 F7S465 2019
    One of the most famous images in western history is a photograph of the Wild Bunch outlaw gang, also known as "The Fort Worth Five," featuring Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, and three other members of the gang dressed to the nines and posing in front of a studio backdrop. This picture, taken by John Swartz in his Fort Worth studio in November 1900, helped bring the gang down when distributed around the country by the Pinkerton Agency. It may be seen today as a prominent marketing image for the Sundance Square development in downtown Fort Worth.

    John, David, and Charles Swartz, three brothers who moved from Virginia to Fort Worth in the late nineteenth century, captured not only the famous "Wild Bunch" image, but also a visual record of the people, places, and events that chronicles Fort Worth's fin-de-si cle transformation from a frontier outpost to a bustling metropolis--the ing nue, the dashing young gentleman, the stern husband, the loving wife, the nuclear family, the solid businessman, and so on. Only occasionally does a hint of something different show up: an independent-looking woman, a spoiled child, a roguish male.

    In Photographing Texas: The Swartz Brothers, 1880-1918 , historian and scholar Richard Selcer gathers a collection of some of the Swartz brothers' most important images from Fort Worth and elsewhere, few of which have ever been assembled in a single repository. He also offers the fruits of exhaustive research into the photographers' backgrounds, careers, techniques, and place in Fort Worth society. The result is an illuminating and entertaining perspective on frontier photography, western history, and life in Fort Worth at the turn of the nineteenth-to-twentieth centuries.

  • Le statut de Métis au Canada : histoire, identité et enjeux sociaux / Denis Gagnon
    E 99 M47G346 2019eb

  • Lester B. Pearson : le réalisme éclairé / Jean-François Thibault
    F 1034.3 P4T45 2019eb

  • Ranching under the arch : stories from the southern Alberta rangelands / D. Larraine Andrews
    F 1076 A53 2019eb

    A visually rich, historically epic tale of cattle ranching in southern Alberta, focusing on multi-generational family-owned ranches that are still in existence today.

    In the 1880s, a group of fledgling cattle ranchers descended on the plains of southern Alberta. They were drawn by the promise of the West, where the grass seemed endless and they could ranch under the arch of the Chinook-the warm Pacific wind that swooped down the eastern slopes of the Rockies to melt the snow and clear the land for year-round grazing. They came with wild optimism, but their ambition was soon tempered by the brutal reality of a frontier land.

    Ranching under the Arch is a tale of survival, perseverance, and prosperity in the face of struggle, loss, and loneliness. Following over a dozen ranches still in operation that have roots dating to the late nineteenth century, historian D. Larraine Andrews recounts the culture that developed around this unique vocation. These ranches have endured as vibrant enterprises, sometimes into the fifth generation of the same family, sometimes with new faces and dreams to change the focus of the narrative. Drawing from historical archives, diaries, and personal accounts, and illustrated by informative maps, fascinating archival imagery, and stunning contemporary photography, Ranching under the Arch is an epic portrait of the "Cattle Kingdom" and its place in Alberta history.


  • Cornelius O'Keefe : the life, loves, and legacy of an Okanagan rancher / Sherri L. Field
    F 1088 O34 2019eb

    An entertaining biography of cattle baron and land magnate Cornelius O'Keefe, founder of the Historic O'Keefe Ranch.

    From humble beginnings to a life of prosperity in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Cornelius O'Keefe is best known today through the historic ranch in Vernon, BC, that still bears his name. Established in 1867, the O'Keefe Ranch was at one time the largest cattle ranch in the region, with thousands of head of cattle grazing in the vast open ranges. By the early 1900s, the ranch had grown to over 12,000 acres, and Cornelius O'Keefe had built quite a legacy for himself. Known as a tireless worker who dabbled in a number of professions in addition to cattle ranching - from mining to operating a general store to being a postmaster - O'Keefe also had a full personal life. He married three times and had seventeen children. His family continued to live on the ranch until the 1960s, when it was opened to the public as a heritage site and tourist attraction. This concise biography brings the dynamic figure of O'Keefe to life and illuminates a fascinating period in BC history.


  • Searching for Pitt Lake gold : fact and fantasy in the legend of Slumach / Fred Braches
    F 1089 P5B73 2019eb

    A smart, concise analysis of the legend of Slumach's Gold, which strives to uncover the truth behind this mythical gold deposit said to be hidden north of Pitt Lake.

    British Columbia is gold country, and with gold comes legends that have been passed down through the generations. Ever since the Fraser Canyon gold rush, prospectors and adventurers have been looking for a mysterious, exceedingly rich gold deposit in the watershed of Pitt Lake, first mentioned in a small newspaper entry in November 1869. Over time, as the story spread, the man at the centre of this legendary gold start was endowed with the identity of Slum.ook, better known as Slumach, a Katzie man who was ultimately hanged in 1891 for shooting and killing another man in anger. The legend of the gold grew into that of an exceedingly rich deposit known as "Slumach's gold." This book presents, unravels, and dissects the legends of the gold of Pitt Lake, and tells the stories of some of the daredevils and venerable prospectors who searched for the mythical gold at their peril.


  • Stories from the magic canoe of Wa'xaid / byCecil Paul, as told to Briony Penn ; foreword by Roy Henry Vickers
    E99.H23

    My name is Wa'xaid, given to me by my people. 'Wa' is 'the river', 'Xaid' is 'good' - good river. Sometimes the river is not good. I am a Xenaksiala, I am from the Killer Whale Clan. I would like to walk with you in Xenaksiala lands. Where I will take you is the place of my birth. They call it the Kitlope. It is called Xesdu'wäxw (Huschduwaschdu) for 'blue, milky, glacial water'. Our destination is what I would like to talk about, and a boat - I call it my magic canoe. It is a magical canoe because there is room for everyone who wants to come into it to paddle together. The currents against it are very strong but I believe we can reach that destination and this is the reason for our survival. --Cecil Paul

    Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa'xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope -- now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet. Paul's cultural teachings are more relevant today than ever in the face of environmental threats, climate change and social unrest, while his personal stories of loss from residential schools, industrialization and theft of cultural property (the world-renowned Gps'golox pole) put a human face to the survivors of this particular brand of genocide.

    Told in Cecil Paul's singular, vernacular voice, Stories from the Magic Canoe spans a lifetime of experience, suffering and survival. This beautifully produced volume is in Cecil's own words, as told to Briony Penn and other friends, and has been meticulously transcribed. Along with Penn's forthcoming biography of Cecil Paul, Following the Good River (Fall 2019), Stories from the Magic Canoe provides a valuable documented history of a generation that continues to deal with the impacts of brutal colonization and environmental change at the hands of politicians, industrialists and those who willingly ignore the power of ancestral lands and traditional knowledge.


  • The Leamington Italian community : ethnicity and identity in Canada / Walter Temelini
    F1059.5.L436

  • Island Home : Out and about on Vancouver Island
    F 1089.5 V22S36 2018eb

    A collection of humorous essays about Vancouver Island's unique quirks, from the south end to the north from beloved storyteller, Anny Scoones.

    Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have a reputation for their ineffable charisma, laid-back pace, and distinct grooviness. As Anny Scoones travels the length of our beloved Vancouver Island, and visits the little coastal and inland towns and iconic places, she shares her observations, musing on its fascinating and layered history.

    Whether it's an account of the chainsaw carving festival in Campbell River, a take on the giant gnome just north of Nanoose Bay, or a description of folks met at the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair in Cumberland, this book takes us to extraordinary locations and introduces us to the people who make this part of the world so compelling. Observe, pause, ponder, and have what Anny likes to call "a little think" on the various characteristics and personalities of these areas.

    Whether you're a Lycra-clad cyclist climbing the hills of Mayne Island, a slow food enthusiast besotted with "sexy" apples on Salt Spring Island, or someone dreaming about Vancouver Island as a potential destination, these essays and illustrations will connect you with people and places that seem curiously familiar.


  • A reluctant welcome for Jewish people : voices in Le Devoir's editorials, 1910-1947 / by Pierre Anctil ; translated by Tõnu Onu
    F 1054.5 M89J42513 2019

    Noted historian Pierre Anctil takes a deep dive intoeditorials devoted to Jews and Judaism in Quebec's daily Le Devoir in the firsthalf of the twentieth century. Long one of the most discussed historiographicalissues in Canadian Jewish history, these editorials are of great significanceas they are representative of the reaction of the nationalist Francophone eliteto the Jewish presence in Montreal, to German Nazi State anti-Semitism and tothe Shoah.

    Pierre Anctil proposes a new reading of the editorialspublished in the pages of Le Devoir from 1910 to 1947--from the founding of thenewspaper by Henri Bourassa until the death of its second director, GeorgesPelletier. During that time, some two hundred editorials were devoted to Jewsand Judaism, of which Anctil has selected sixty for inclusion in this volume.Although many of the editorials conveyed the clearly anti-Semitic views of LeDevoir's editorialists and of Quebec society at large, a number of theeditorials did express positive views of Jewish activities and accomplishmentsin Quebec society. Readers will find this to be an in-depth analysis andnuanced treatment of an important aspect of Canadian Jewish history.

    This book is published in English, translated from the original "À chacun ses juifs".

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    Quelle place la question juive a-t-elle occupée dans les pages du quotidien québécois Le Devoir dans la première moitié du XXe siècle? L'historien Pierre Anctil propose une analyse détaillée des éditoriaux publiés par ce journal respecté entre 1910 et 1947.

    La position du Devoir relativement à la communauté juive de Montréal et au judaïsme en général est l'une des questions historiographiques les plus débattues en histoire juive canadienne.

    En effet, les éditoriaux parus dans Le Devoir sont d'une grande signification dans la mesure où ils sont représentatifs de la réaction de l'élite francophone nationaliste à la présence juive à Montréal, à l'antisémitisme de l'État nazi allemand, et à la Shoah.

    Plusieurs ouvrages de langue anglaise décrivent Le Devoir comme un exemple typique de la position idéologique du Canada français des années 1930 et sa méfiance, voire son hostilité, envers les Juifs. Jusqu'à maintenant, toutefois, aucune étude sérieuse n'avait été réalisée pour appuyer ou pour réfuter ce postulat.

    Pierre Anctil propose une nouvelle lecture des éditoriaux du Devoir parus entre 1910 et 1947 - soit depuis la fondation du journal par Henri Bourassa jusqu'à la mort de son deuxième éditeur, Georges Pelletier. Environ 200 des éditoriaux publiés pendant cette période - soit 2 % du nombre total - portaient sur les Juifs et le judaïsme. Anctil a fait une sélection de soixante éditoriaux et les présente en version intégrale et offre un commentaire critique pour chacun.

    De cette collection d'éditoriaux et leur analyse émerge enfin une idée plus claire de l'antisémitisme de l'époque, à la fois dans Le Devoir et dans la société québécoise.

    Ce livre est publié en anglais, une traduction du titre original "À chacun ses juifs" .


  • Boom & bust : the resilient women of historic Telegraph Cove / Jennifer L. Butler
    F 1089.5 T45B88 2019eb

    Telegraph Cove, one of Vancouver Island's most visited tourist destinations, has humble origins as a one-shack telegraph station, established a century ago. The community grew, first with a salmon saltery and sawmill, then with new industries developed by the ingenuity of the Cove's inhabitants. From the 1920s, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Danish, Italian, and English community members, along with other old and new Canadians, were neighbours in a place accessible only by boat.

    In this book, more than 25 women tell their own stories and memories of life in the Cove. They faced down the impacts of isolation, hazardous terrain, war, occupation, immigration, internment, social change, economic development, community decline, and environmental degradation--remarkable, given that Telegraph Cove's population peaked at 60. From these lives come stories of resilience, resourcefulness, heartbreak, humour, and triumph. Boom and Bust draws the reader in for an intimate view, accompanied by never-before-published archival photographs.


  • Bahia's independence : popular politics and patriotic festival in Salvador, Brazil, 1824-1900 / Hendrik Kraay
    F 2551 K73 2019

  • Tiny lights for travellers / Naomi K. Lewis
    F1035.J5
    Why couldn't I occupy the world as those model-looking women did, with their flowing hair, pulling their tiny bright suitcases as if to say, I just arrived from elsewhere, and I already belong here, and this sidewalk belongs to me?When her marriage suddenly ends, and a diary documenting her beloved Opa's escape from Nazi-occupied Netherlands in the summer of 1942 is discovered, Naomi Lewis decides to retrace his journey to freedom. Travelling alone from Amsterdam to Lyon, she discovers family secrets and her own narrative as a second-generation Jewish Canadian. With vulnerability, humour, and wisdom, Lewis's memoir asks tough questions about her identity as a secular Jew, the accuracy of family stories, and the impact of the Holocaust on subsequent generations.

  • Unconventional candour / George Smitherman
    F1058
    George Smitherman tells all about his successes and failures as a politician -- in Ontario's legislature and in Toronto's city hall -- and shares the joys and sorrows of his personal life.



    From modest beginnings, George Smitherman rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in Ontario and then plummeted, defeated by one of the most notorious: Rob Ford. This memoir takes readers on the roller-coaster ride of his career and his personal life as a gay man struggling with the constraints of society and family.



    Smitherman offers candid insights into the hardball politics of city hall and the provincial legislature, as well as the Liberal government under Dalton McGuinty, including accomplishments like prescription drug reforms and the green energy plan, and the so-called eHealth, Ornge, and gas plant scandals. He reveals how he lost the mayoral race but managed to rebound from that defeat, as well from the suicide of his husband. .

  • James MacLeod : the Red Coats' first true leader / Elle Andra-Warner
    F 1060.9 M254A53 2019

    A descendant of warriors, chiefs and military men of the Clan MacLeod, James A.F. Macleod led an adventurous life that took him from his birthplace on Scotland's Isle of Skye to the Canadian west. After immigrating to Ontario, Macleod became a lawyer and militia officer before joining the effort to quell the 1870 Red River Rebellion. In 1874, he was appointed assistant commissioner of the newly formed North West Mounted Police and led his troops west to smash the whisky trade and bring law and order to the vast North-West Territories.

    Macleod smoked the peace pipe with prominent chiefs like Crowfoot and Red Crow, earning their trust as a man who kept his promises. As a policeman and judge, Macleod showed a strong sense of justice, sympathizing with the plight of First Nations peoples and challenging the government when it failed to fulfil treaty obligations.

    This exciting new biography is a vivid account of the life and times of the larger-than-life Canadian hero who played a major role in the peaceful development of western Canada.


  • Flora of the Voynich Codex : an exploration of Aztec plants / Arthur O. Tucker, Jules Janick
    F 1219.76 E83T83 2019

  • Thomas Francis Meagher : an Irish revolutionary in America / Robert G. Athearn
    E 467.1 M4A83 1976

  • Reconstruction during the Civil War in the United States of America
    E 459 S3 1969

  • President Roosevelt and the coming of the war, 1941 : a study in appearances and realities / by Charles A. Beard
    E 806 B43P

  • Horace Greeley : print, politics, and the American conflict / James M. Lundberg
    E 415.9 G8L86 2019

    The founder and editor of the New-York Tribune , Horace Greeley was the most significant--and polarizing--American journalist of the nineteenth century. To the farmers and tradesmen of the rural North, the Tribune was akin to holy writ. To just about everyone else--Democrats, southerners, and a good many Whig and Republican political allies--Greeley was a shape-shifting menace: an abolitionist fanatic; a disappointing conservative; a terrible liar; a power-hungry megalomaniac.

    In Horace Greeley , James M. Lundberg revisits this long-misunderstood figure, known mostly for his wild inconsistencies and irrepressible political ambitions. Charting Greeley's rise and eventual fall, Lundberg mines an extensive newspaper archive to place Greeley and his Tribune at the center of the struggle to realize an elusive American national consensus in a tumultuous age. Emerging from the jangling culture and politics of Jacksonian America, Lundberg writes, Greeley sought to define a mode of journalism that could uplift the citizenry and unite the nation. But in the decades before the Civil War, he found slavery and the crisis of American expansion standing in the way of his vision.

    Speaking for the anti-slavery North and emerging Republican Party, Greeley rose to the height of his powers in the 1850s--but as a voice of sectional conflict, not national unity. By turns a war hawk and peace-seeker, champion of emancipation and sentimental reconciliationist, Greeley never quite had the measure of the world wrought by the Civil War. His 1872 run for president on a platform of reunion and amnesty toward the South made him a laughingstock--albeit one who ultimately laid the groundwork for national reconciliation and the betrayal of the Civil War's emancipatory promise.

    Lively and engaging, Lundberg reanimates this towering figure for modern readers. Tracing Greeley's twists and turns, this book tells a larger story about print, politics, and the failures of American nationalism in the nineteenth century.


  • The color of the third degree : racism, police torture, and civil rights in the American South, 1930-1955 / Silvan Niedermeier ; translated by Paul Cohen
    E 185.61 N4913 2019

  • Democracy's capital : black political power in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s / Lauren Pearlman
    F 200 P43 2019

  • These people have always been a republic : indigenous electorate in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, 1598-1912 / Maurice Crandall
    E 91 C73 2019

  • Boy on the bridge : the story of John Shalikashvili's American success / Andrew Marble
    E 840.5 S473M37 2019eb

    His life and career were the embodiment of the American dream. Born in Poland, John Shalikashvili (1936--2011) descended from aristocratic European families that served with distinction in both battle and government for centuries. After barely surviving the Warsaw Uprising, he and his family fled to Germany during World War II to escape advancing Soviet troops and emigrated to the United States in 1952. Shalikashvili was drafted into the army as a private in 1958 and rose steadily through the ranks, serving in every level of unit command from platoon to division. In 1993 Shalikashvili was tapped by President Bill Clinton to replace General Colin Powell as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, becoming the first immigrant, first draftee, and first Officer Candidate School graduate to hold the position.

    This first-ever biography of Shalikashvili's riches-to-rags-and-back-to-riches story reveals how his distinctive background helped him become one of the United States's greatest military leaders. He exhibited a unique and unconventional leadership style -- employing expertise, humility, straightforwardness, and empathy -- that he adroitly used to resolve or prevent destructive conflict. His distinctive leadership style greatly benefited the United States, Europe, and beyond: as when he led the rescue of 500,000 Kurdish refugees in the first Gulf War's aftermath; when he represented Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell in helping secure loose nukes in the former Soviet republics; as he joined forces with fellow immigrant Madeleine Albright on the Partnership for Peace initiative and NATO enlargement program in the 1990s; and in retirement, when he helped end the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, thereby finally allowing gay servicemembers to serve openly without fear of dishonorable discharge.


  • Taking possession : the politics of memory in a St. Louis town house / Heidi Aronson Kolk
    F 474 S257K65 2019

    West of downtown St. Louis sits an 1851 town house that bears no obvious relationship to the monumental architecture, trendy condominiums, and sports stadia of its surroundings. Originally the residence of a fur-trade tycoon and now the Campbell House Museum, the house has been subject to energetic preservation and heritage work for some 130 years.

    In Taking Possession, Heidi Aronson Kolk explores the complex and sometimes contradictory motivations for safeguarding the house as a site of public memory. Crafting narratives about the past that comforted business elites and white middle-class patrons, museum promoters assuaged concerns about the city's most pressing problems, including racial and economic inequality, segregation and privatization, and the legacies of violence for which St. Louis has been known since Ferguson. Kolk's case study illuminates the processes by which civic pride and cultural solidarity have been manufactured in a fragmented and turbulent city, showing how closely linked are acts of memory and forgetting, nostalgia and shame.


  • Justice Daniel Cohalan, 1865-1946 : American patriot and Irish-American nationalist / Michael Doorley
    E 184 I6D66 2019

  • Our suffering brethren : foreign captivity and nationalism in the early United States / David J. Dzurec III
    E 310.7 D98 2019

    For many years, the far right has sown public distrust in the media as a political strategy, weaponizing libel law in an effort to stifle free speech and silence African American dissent. In Sullivan's Shadow demonstrates that this strategy was pursued throughout the civil rights era and beyond, as southern officials continued to bring lawsuits in their attempts to intimidate journalists who published accounts of police brutality against protestors. Taking the Supreme Court's famous 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan as her starting point, Aimee Edmondson illuminates a series of fascinating and often astounding cases that preceded and followed this historic ruling.

    Drawing on archival research and scholarship in journalism, legal history, and African American studies, Edmondson offers a new narrative of brave activists, bold journalists and publishers, and hard­headed southern officials. These little-known courtroom dramas at the intersection of race, libel, and journalism go beyond the activism of the 1960s and span much of the country's history, beginning with lawsuits filed against abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and concluding with a suit spawned by the 1988 film Mississippi Burning.


  • A South you never ate : savoring flavors and stories from the eastern shore of Virginia / Bernard L. Herman
    F 232 E2H47 2019

  • Frog Hollow : stories from an American neighborhood / Susan Campbell
    F 104 H3C27 2019

    Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood is a collection of colorful historical vignettes of an ethnically diverse neighborhood just west of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. Its 1850s row houses have been home to a wide variety of immigrants. During the Revolutionary War, Frog Hollow was a progressive hub, and later, in the mid-late 19th century, it was a hotbed of industry. Reporter Susan Campbell tells the true stories of Frog Hollow with a primary focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: the inventors, entrepreneurs and workers, as well as the impact of African American migration to Hartford, the impact of the Civil Rights movement and the continuing fight for housing. Frog Hollow was also one of the first neighborhoods in the country to experiment with successful urban planning models, including public parks and free education. From European colonists to Irish and Haitian immigrants to Puerto Ricans, these stories of Frog Hollow show the multiple realities that make up a dynamic urban neighborhood. At the same time, they reflect the changing faces of American cities. Features 40 illustrations.


  • Black towns, black futures : the enduring allure of a black place in the American West / Karla Slocum
    E 185.93 O4S58 2019

  • Breath & smoke : tobacco use among the Maya / edited by Jennifer A. Loughmiller-Cardinal and Keith Eppich ; foreword by John E. Staller
    F 1435.3 T63B74 2019

    From Classical antiquity to the present, tobacco has existed as a potent ritual substance. Tobacco use among the Maya straddles a recreational/ritual/medicinal nexus that can be difficult for Western audiences to understand. To best characterize the pervasive substance, this volume assembles scholars from a variety of disciplines and specialties to discuss tobacco in modern and ancient contexts. The chapters utilize research from archaeology, ethnography, mythic narrative, and chemical science from the eighth through the twenty-first centuries.



    Breath and Smoke explores the uses of tobacco among the Maya of Central America, revealing tobacco as a key topic in pre-Columbian art, iconography, and hieroglyphics. By assessing and considering myths, imagery, hieroglyphic texts, and material goods, as well as modern practices and their somatic effects, this volume brings the Mayan world of the past into greater focus and sheds light on the practices of today.


  • Radio active / William O'Shaughnessy
    E 839.4 O84 2019

  • Canada from sea to sea / by Walter N. Sage
    F 1026 S26

  • Black utopia : the history of an idea from black nationalism to Afrofuturism / Alex Zamalin
    E 185 Z36 2019eb
    Alex Zamalin offers a groundbreaking examination of African American visions of utopia and their counterutopian counterparts. Considering figures linked to racial separatism, postracialism, anticolonialism, Pan-Africanism, and Afrofuturism, he argues that the black utopian tradition continues to challenge American political thought and culture.

  • Shifting the meaning of democracy : race, politics, and culture in the United States and Brazil / Jessica Lynn Graham
    E 185.61 G738 2019
    This book offers a historical analysis of one of the most striking and dramatic transformations to take place in Brazil and the United States during the twentieth century--the redefinition of the concepts of nation and democracy in racial terms. The multilateral political debates that occurred between 1930 and 1945 pushed and pulled both states towards more racially inclusive political ideals and nationalisms. Both countries utilized cultural production to transmit these racial political messages. At times working collaboratively, Brazilian and U.S. officials deployed the concept of "racial democracy" as a national security strategy, one meant to suppress the existential threats perceived to be posed by World War II and by the political agendas of communists, fascists, and blacks. Consequently, official racial democracy was limited in its ability to address racial inequities in the United States and Brazil. Shifting the Meaning of Democracy helps to explain the historical roots of a contemporary phenomenon: the coexistence of widespread antiracist ideals with enduring racial inequality.

  • Réclamer notre pouvoir et notre place : le rapport final de l'enquête nationale sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées
    E 78 C2N38 2019b

  • Reclaiming power and place : the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
    E 78 C2N38 2019

  • Trick mirror : reflections on self-delusion / Jia Tolentino
    E 169.12 T63 2019
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "From The New Yorker 's beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television." --Esquire

    "A whip-smart, challenging book."--Zadie Smith * "Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time." --Vulture

    Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.

    Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine's journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino's sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.

    Praise for Trick Mirror

    "Jia Tolentino is the best young essayist at work in the United States, one I've consistently admired and learned from, and I was exhilarated to get a whole lot of her at once in Trick Mirror . In these nine essays, she rethinks troubling ingredients of modern life, from the internet to mind-altering drugs to wedding culture. All through the book, single sentences flash like lightning to show something familiar in a startling way, but she also builds extended arguments with her usual, unusual blend of lyricism and skepticism. In the end, we have a picture of America that was as missing as it was needed." --Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me

  • Nature's noblemen : transatlantic masculinities and the nineteenth-century American West / Monica Rico
    F 596.3 B7R53 2013

    In this fascinating book Monica Rico explores the myth of the American West in the nineteenth century as a place for men to assert their masculinity by "roughing it" in the wilderness and reveals how this myth played out in a transatlantic context. Rico uncovers the networks of elite men--British and American--who circulated between the West and the metropoles of London and New York.

    Each chapter tells the story of an individual who, by traveling these transatlantic paths, sought to resolve anxieties about class, gender, and empire in an era of profound economic and social transformation. All of the men Rico discusses--from the well known, including Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody, to the comparatively obscure, such as English cattle rancher Moreton Frewen--envisioned the American West as a global space into which redemptive narratives of heroic upper-class masculinity could be written.

Updated: Monday 11 November 2019
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