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  • A story as sharp as a knife : the classical Haida mythtellers and their world / Robert Bringhurst
    E 99 H2 B74 2011
    A seminal collection of Haida myths and legends; now in a gorgeous new package.

    The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. Together they created a great treasury of Haida oral literature in written form.

    Having worked for many years with these century-old manuscripts, linguist and poet Robert Bringhurst brings both rigorous scholarship and a literary voice to the English translation of John Swanton's careful work. He sets the stories in a rich context that reaches out to dozens of native oral literatures and to myth-telling traditions around the globe.

    Attractively redesigned, this collection of First Nations oral literature is an important cultural record for future generations of Haida, scholars and other interested readers. It won the Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and it was chosen as the Literary Editor's Book of the Year by the Times of London.

    Bringhurst brings these works to life in the English language and sets them in a context just as rich as the stories themselves one that reaches out to dozens of Native American oral literatures, and to mythtelling traditions around the world.


  • Les Juifs du Québec : in Canada we trust : réflexion sur l'identité québécoise / Victor Teboul
    FC 2950 J8 T42 2016

  • Enquête d'histoire orale : Laterrière, instrument de recherche / Camil Girard, Normand Perron
    FC 2945 L351 G517 1985

  • The Paraguayan War : causes and early conduct / Thomas L. Whigham
    F 2687 W54 2018eb

  • Little yellow house : finding community in a changing neighbourhood / Carissa Halton
    F 1079.5 E3H35 2018eb
    "Ma'am, you sound like a very reasonable person. Can I advise you to just move?" Carissa Halton and her young family move into a neighbourhood with a tough reputation. As they make their home in one of the oldest parts of the city, she reflects on the revitalization that is slowly changing the view from her little yellow house. While others worry about the area's bad reputation, she heads out to meet her neighbours, and through them discovers the innate beauty of her community. Halton introduces us to a cast of diverse characters in her Alberta Avenue neighbourhood--including cat rescuers, tragic teens, art evangelists, and crime fighters--and invites us to consider the social and economic forces that shape and reshape our cities.

  • Canada and the challenges of international development and globalization / edited by Mahmoud Masaeli and Lauchlan T. Munro
    F 1029.5 D44C363 2018eb

    What areCanada's various links with international development and globalization? Theyextend beyond foreign aid to diplomacy, trade, finance, aid, immigration,military intervention (both peacekeeping and combat roles), membership in avariety of international organizations, relations with indigenous peoples, andpeople-to-people links.

    Thismulti-disciplinary and multi-author textbook, designed for first- orsecond-year students, introduces the main concepts, theories, and perspectivesthat have shaped Canada's interactions with developing countries in aglobalizing world. It starts by considering Canada as a case study ininternational development and globalization. It examines Canada's diplomatic,economic, military, social, immigration and aid policies, how they have changedover time and how they have interacted with each other and with Canada'streatment of Indigenous peoples. The book presents economic, political, andcultural dimensions of the process of globalization and the ways they affectCanada; examines the public institutions, private sector and civil societyorganizations in Canada; and explores the moral imperatives behind Canadianinternational policy. Finally, it examines current issues, including Canada'spromotion of human rights, democracy, good governance, support to the private sector,and relations with fragile and conflict-affected states and the emergingeconomies.



  • Études multidisciplinaires sur les liens entre Hurons-Wendat et Iroquoiens du Saint-Laurent / Louis Lesage, Jean-François Richard, Alexandra Bédard-Daigle, Neha Gupta
    E 99 H9L47 2018eb

  • Structures of indifference : an indigenous life and death in a Canadian city / Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry
    E 78 M25M33 2018eb
    Structures of Indifference examines an Indigenous life and death in a Canadian city, and what it reveals about the ongoing history of colonialism. At the heart of this story is a thirty-four-hour period in September 2008. During that day and half, Brian Sinclair, a middle-aged, non-Status Anishinaabeg resident of Manitoba's capital city, arrived in the emergency room of the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg's major downtown hospital, was left untreated and unattended to, and ultimately died from an easily treatable infection. His death reflects a particular structure of indifference born of and maintained by colonialism.McCallum and Perry present the ways in which Sinclair, once erased and ignored, came to represent diffuse, yet singular and largely dehumanized ideas about Indigenous people, modernity, and decline in cities. This story tells us about ordinary indigeneity in the City of Winnipeg through Sinclair's experience and restores the complex humanity denied him in his interactions with Canadian health and legal systems, both before and afterhis death.Structures of Indifference completes the story left untold by the inquiry into Sinclair's death, the 2014 report of which omitted any consideration of underlying factors, including racism and systemic discrimination.

  • Rooster Town : the history of an urban Métis community, 1901-1961 / Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner with Lawrie Barkwell
    E 99 M47P48 2018eb
    Melonville. Smokey Hollow. Bannock Town. Fort Tuyau. Little Chicago. Mud Flats. Pumpville. Tintown. La Couleeese were some of the names given to Métis communities at the edges of urban areas in Manitoba. Rooster Town, which was on the outskirts of southwest Winnipeg endured from 1901 to 1961.Those years in Winnipeg were characterized by the twin pressures of depression, and inflation, chronic housing shortages, and a spotty social support network. At the city's edge, Rooster Town grew without city services as rural Métis arrived to participate in the urban economy and build their own houses while keeping Métis culture and community as a central part of their lives.In other growing settler cities, the Indigenous experience was largely characterized by removal and confinement. But the continuing presence of Métis living and working in the city, and the establishment of Rooster Town itself, made the Winnipeg experience unique. Rooster Town documents the story of a community rooted in kinship, culture, and historical circumstance, whose residents existed unofficially in the cracks of municipal bureaucracy, while navigating the legacy of settler colonialism and the demands of modernity and urbanization.

  • Cahiers Charlevoix. Études franco-ontariennes
    F 1059.7 F83C34 vol.12eb
    Coïncidant avec le vingt-cinquième anniversaire de la Société Charlevoix, la fournée 2018 de ce douzième cahier réunit six études.
    Simon Laflamme publie l'affidavit qui a été utilisé par le Commissariat aux langues officielles pour appuyer la cause qu'il défendait contre la Société Radio-Canada. À la suite des compressions budgétaires de 2009 dont elle avait été victime, la société d'État réduisait fortement sa programmation à la station de radio Cbef de Windsor.
    Yves Frenette propose un regard comparatif de l'historiographie dans trois aires de la francophonie canadienne entre 1970 et 2000. Au cours de cette période de transition, les identités traditionnelles acadienne et canadienne-française déclinent progressivement au profit de nouvelles identités francophones provincialisées.
    Julie Boissonneault se penche sur la perception qu'on a de la langue des Franco-Ontariens. La langue française parlée en Ontario fait souvent l'objet d'un discours dépréciatif qui établit la compétence des Franco-Ontariens à l'aune de leurs manquements au français de référence. Or, ce discours, qui ne tient pas compte de l'enjeu de la variation interne de toute langue et des processus naturels d'évolution des parlers, nourrit des représentations à l'égard du parler qui sont souvent partielles ou fausses et qui, en retour, peuvent mener à un sentiment d'incompétence chez le locuteur franco-ontarien.
    Ali Reguigui inscrit son étude dans le cadre de la phonétique articulatoire et de la sociophonétique, fondée sur les données d'un questionnaire sociolinguistique recueillies auprès de sujets franco-ontariens. Il examine le cas de la consonne roulée alvéolaire voisée /r/ du latin, qui a persévéré en ancien français et moyen français jusqu'au xviie siècle dans les centres urbains, et jusqu'au XVIIIesiècle en général pour se faire remplacer par la consonne roulée uvulaire voisée, communément qualifiée de grasseyée et marquée comme variante de prestige
    Marcel Bénéteau fait le bilan de la chanson traditionnelle française en Ontario et trace son évolution dans le temps et l'espace. L'auteur décrit le travail qu'il a entrepris pour déterminer en premier lieu en quoi consiste le répertoire de l'Ontario français ; à cette fin, il précise quelles sont ses balises historiques et géographiques (où et quand le répertoire s'est-il implanté sur le territoire ?) et ce qu'il comprend au juste (combien de chansons ? quelles chansons ? quelles catégories de chansons ?).
    Jean-Pierre Pichette verse un nouveau chapitre au dossier de la transposition des récits oraux dans des oeuvres littéraires. À l'analyse des écrits destinés à la jeunesse de l'écrivaine Marie-Rose Turcot (Cahiers Charlevoix 3) et de l'ethnologue Marius Barbeau (Cahiers Charlevoix 4), il ajoute l'examen des « petits contes drolatiques » qu'un autre écrivain d'Ottawa, Régis Roy (1864-1944), a publiés entre 1906 et 1928.
    Michel Bock a compilé dans la « Chronique » les faits saillants survenus depuis la parution du dernier volume et les nouvelles des membres reliées à leurs activités professionnelles. Nous y joignons le compte rendu des activités récentes de la Société des Dix que son secrétaire, Fernand Harvey, a préparé à notre intention.

  • Czech refugees in Cold War Canada / Jan Raska
    F 1035 C9R37 2018eb
    During the Cold War, more than 36,000 individuals entering Canada claimed Czechoslovakia as their country of citizenship. A defining characteristic of this migration of predominantly political refugees was the prevalence of anti-communist and democratic values. Diplomats, industrialists, politicians, professionals, workers, and students fled to the West in search of freedom, security, and economic opportunity.Jan Raska's Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada explores how these newcomers joined or formed ethnocultural organizations to help in their attempts to affect developments in Czechoslovakia and Canadian foreign policy towards their homeland. Canadian authorities further legitimized the Czech refugees' anti-communist agenda and increased their influence in Czechoslovak institutions. In turn, these organizations supported Canada's Cold War agenda of securing the state from communist infiltration. Ultimately, an adherence to anti-communism, the promotion of Canadian citizenship, and the cultivation of a Czechoslovak ethnocultural heritage accelerated Czech refugees' socioeconomic and political integration in Cold War Canada.By analyzing oral histories, government files, ethnic newspapers, and community archival records, Raska reveals how Czech refugees secured admission as desirable immigrants and navigated existing social, cultural, and political norms in Cold War Canada.

  • Claiming the land : British Columbia and the making of a new El Dorado / Daniel Marshall
    F 1089 F7M37 2018eb
    This trailblazing history of early British Columbia focuses on a single year, 1858, the year of the Fraser River gold rush -- the third great massmigrationof gold seekers after the Californian and Australian rushes in search of a new El Dorado. Marshall's history becomes an adventure, prospecting the rich pay streaks of British Columbia's "founding" event and the gold fever that gripped populations all along the Pacific Slope. Marshall unsettles many of our most taken-for-granted assumptions: he shows how foreign miner-militias crossed the 49th parallel, taking the law into their own hands, and conducting extermination campaigns against Indigenous peoples while forcibly claiming the land. Drawing on new evidence, Marshall explores the three principal cultures of the goldfields -- those of the fur trade (both Native and the Hudson's Bay Company), Californian, and British world views. The year 1858 was a year of chaos unlike any other in British Columbia and American Pacific Northwest history. It produced not only violence but the formal inauguration of colonialism, Native reserves and, ultimately, the expansion of Canada to the Pacific Slope. Among the haunting legacies of this rush are the cryptic place names that remain -- such as American Creek, Texas Bar, Boston Bar, and New York Bar -- while the unresolved question of Indigenous sovereignty continues to claim the land.

  • Flesh reborn : the Saint Lawrence Valley mission settlements through the seventeenth century / Jean-François Lozier
    E 78 Q3L69 2018eb

  • The free people = Li gens libres : a history of the MeÌt̂is community of Batoche, Saskatchewan / Diane P. Payment
    E 99 M47P393 2009eb

  • Homes for B.C a 30-point plan for housing affordability in British Columbia
    ELECTRONIC

  • Child care B.C. caring for kids, lifting up families the path to universal child care
    ELECTRONIC

  • Holding pattern call wait times for income assistance and disability assistance
    ELECTRONIC

  • Working within the rules supporting employment for income assistance recipients
    ELECTRONIC

  • Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on recommendations for legislative change, May 2018
    ELECTRONIC

  • Black Scholarly Activism between the Academy and Grassroots : A Bridge for Identities and Social Justice / Ornette D. Clennon
    E185.86

  • Latinx immigrants : transcending acculturation and xenophobia / Patricia Arredondo, editor
    E184.S75

  • Michelle Obama's Impact on African American Women and Girls / Michelle Duster, Paula Marie Seniors, Rose C. Thevenin, editors
    E185.86

  • Brazil and the United States during World War II and its aftermath : negotiating alliance and balancing giants / Frank D. McCann
    E183.8.B6

  • De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica libri quatuordecim
    F2230.1.M4
    De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica libri quatuordecim

  • The martyr and the traitor : Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution / Virginia DeJohn Anderson
    E 280 H2 A76 2017
    In September 1776, two men from Connecticut each embarked on a dangerous mission. One of the men, a soldier disguised as a schoolmaster, made his way to British-controlled Manhattan and began furtively making notes and sketches to bring back to the beleaguered Continental Army general, GeorgeWashington. The other man traveled to New York to accept a captain's commission in a loyalist regiment before returning home to recruit others to join British forces. Neither man completed his mission. Both met their deaths at the end of a hangman's rope, one executed as a spy for the American causeand the other as a traitor to it.Neither Nathan Hale nor Moses Dunbar deliberately set out to be a revolutionary or a loyalist, yet both suffered the same fate. They died when there was every indication that Britain would win the American Revolution. Had that been the outcome, Dunbar, convicted of treason and since forgotten, mightwell be celebrated as a martyr. And Hale, caught spying on the British, would likely be remembered as a traitor, rather than a Revolutionary hero. In The Martyr and the Traitor, Virginia DeJohn Anderson offers an intertwined narrative of men from very similar backgrounds and reveals how their relationships within their families and communities became politicized as the imperial crisis with Britain erupted. She explores how these men forgedtheir loyalties in perilous times and believed the causes for which they died to be honorable. Through their experiences, The Martyr and the Traitor illuminates the impact of the Revolution on ordinary lives and how the stories of patriots and loyalists were remembered and forgotten afterindependence.

  • Canada, the great river, the lands and the men, by Marion I. Newbigin
    FC 305 N49 1926

  • Historia de Cuba / Eduardo Torres-Cuevas, Oscar Loyola Vega
    F 1776 T677 2001

  • Portraits of Thayendanegea, Joseph Brant
    E 99 M8 B73 1993

  • Canada : the heroic beginnings / Donald Creighton
    FC 163 C74 1974

  • Un dilema cubano : nacionalismo y vanguardia / Celina Manzoni
    F 1787 M25 2001

  • Diario de viaje a Estados Unidos de América / José Miguel Carrera ; prólogo, transcripción y notas de José Miguel Barros
    E 165 C39 2015

  • Calibán y otros ensayos / Roberto Fernández Retamar
    F 1408.3 F42 2017

  • Pensamiento anticolonial de nuestra América / Roberto Fernández Retamar ; prólogo de Aurelio Alonso
    F 1408.3 F4245 2016

  • Habana Vieja / Julio Larramendi, Raida Mara Suárez Portal
    F 1799 H34 L37 2005

  • Chiapas, la paz negada / José Roberto Mendirichaga ; presentación del Horacio Guajardo
    F 1256 M57 1995

  • Colonial Latin America / Mark A. Burkholder, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Lyman L. Johnson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    F 1412 B96 2019
    This text is a concise study of the history of the Iberian colonies in the New World from their pre-conquest background to the wave of independence in the early nineteenth century. This new tenth edition includes improved and expanded discussions of daily life in colonial Latin America,helping students gain a deeper understanding of the facinating, rich, and often tragic history of the cultures, the people, and the struggles that have played a part in shaping contemporary Latin America.

  • A journey to freedom : Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power movement / Kent Blansett
    E 93 B526 2018
    The first book-length biography of Richard Oakes, a Red Power activist of the 1960s who was a leader in the Alcatraz takeover and the Red Power Indigenous rights movement

    A revealing portrait of Richard Oakes, the brilliant, charismatic Native American leader who was instrumental in the takeovers of Alcatraz, Fort Lawton, and Pit River and whose assassination in 1972 galvanized the Trail of Broken Treaties march on Washington, DC. The life of this pivotal Akwesasne Mohawk activist is explored in an important new biography based on extensive archival research and key interviews with activists and family members.

    Historian Kent Blansett offers a transformative and new perspective on the Red Power movement of the turbulent 1960s and the dynamic figure who helped to organize and champion it, telling the full story of Oakes's life, his fight for Native American self-determination, and his tragic, untimely death. This invaluable history chronicles the mid-twentieth century rise of Intertribalism, Indian Cities, and a national political awakening that continues to shape Indigenous politics and activism to this day.

  • Why learn history (when it's already on your phone) / Sam Wineburg
    E 175.8 W59 2018
    Let's start with two truths about our era that are so inescapable as to have become clichés: We are surrounded by more readily available information than ever before. And a huge percentage of it is inaccurate. Some of the bad info is well-meaning but ignorant. Some of it is deliberately deceptive. All of it is pernicious.

    With the internet always at our fingertips, what's a teacher of history to do? Sam Wineburg has answers, beginning with this: We definitely can't stick to the same old read-the-chapter-answer-the-questions-at-the-back snoozefest we've subjected students to for decades. If we want to educate citizens who can sift through the mass of information around them and separate fact from fake, we have to explicitly work to give them the necessary critical thinking tools. Historical thinking, Wineburg shows us in Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) , has nothing to do with test prep-style ability to memorize facts. Instead, it's an orientation to the world that we can cultivate, one that encourages reasoned skepticism, discourages haste, and counters our tendency to confirm our biases. Wineburg draws on surprising discoveries from an array of research and experiments--including surveys of students, recent attempts to update history curricula, and analyses of how historians, students, and even fact checkers approach online sources--to paint a picture of a dangerously mine-filled landscape, but one that, with care, attention, and awareness, we can all learn to navigate.

    It's easy to look around at the public consequences of historical ignorance and despair. Wineburg is here to tell us it doesn't have to be that way. The future of the past may rest on our screens. But its fate rests in our hands.

  • Mandarin Brazil : race, representation, and memory / Ana Paulina Lee
    F 2659 C5 L44 2018

    In Mandarin Brazil , Ana Paulina Lee explores the centrality of Chinese exclusion to the Brazilian nation-building project, tracing the role of cultural representation in producing racialized national categories. Lee considers depictions of Chineseness in Brazilian popular music, literature, and visual culture, as well as archival documents and Brazilian and Qing dynasty diplomatic correspondence about opening trade and immigration routes between Brazil and China. In so doing, she reveals how Asian racialization helped to shape Brazil's image as a racial democracy.

    Mandarin Brazil begins during the second half of the nineteenth century, during the transitional period when enslaved labor became unfree labor--an era when black slavery shifted to "yellow labor" and racial anxieties surged. Lee asks how colonial paradigms of racial labor became a part of Brazil's nation-building project, which prioritized "whitening," a fundamentally white supremacist ideology that intertwined the colonial racial caste system with new immigration labor schemes. By considering why Chinese laborers were excluded from Brazilian nation-building efforts while Japanese migrants were welcomed, Lee interrogates how Chinese and Japanese imperial ambitions and Asian ethnic supremacy reinforced Brazil's whitening project. Mandarin Brazil contributes to a new conversation in Latin American and Asian American cultural studies, one that considers Asian diasporic histories and racial formation across the Americas.


  • Up against whiteness : race, school, and immigrant youth / Stacey J. Lee ; foreword by Lois Weis
    F 590 H55 L44 2005
    Pushing the boundaries of Asian American educational discourse, this book explores the way a group of first- and second-generation Hmong students created their identities as new Americans in response to their school experiences.

  • White like me : reflections on race from a privileged son / Tim Wise
    E 185.615 W565 2011
    With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

    Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are "white like him." He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.

  • My grandmother's hands : racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies / Resmaa Menakem
    E 185.615 M38 2017

    The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affectAfrican Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans--our police.

    My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.

    Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy--how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system. Offers a step-by-step solution--a healing process--in addition to incisive social commentary.

    Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW , is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. Menakem has studied with bestselling authors Dr. David Schnarch ( Passionate Marriage ) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk ( The Body Keeps the Score ). He also trained at Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.


  • Lies my teacher told me : everything your American history textbook got wrong / James W. Loewen
    E 175.85 L64 2018
    Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important - and successful - history books of our time. Having sold over two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new introduction that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems.

  • Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America / Ibram X. Kendi
    E 185.61 K358 2016
    The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.

    Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

    In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.

    As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities.

    In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.

    Praise for Stamped from the Beginning:

    "We often describe a wonderful book as 'mind-blowing' or 'life-changing' but I've found this rarely to actually be the case. I found both descriptions accurate for Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning... I will never look at racial discrimination again after reading this marvellous , ambitious , and clear-sighted book." - George Saunders, Financial Times , Best Books of 2017

    " Ambitious, well-researched and worth the time of anyone who wants to understand racism." - Seattle Times

    "A deep (and often disturbing) chronicling of how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society." - The Atlantic

    Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Bestseller Finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Boston Globe , Washington Post , Chicago Review of Books , The Root , Buzzfeed , Bustle , and Entropy


  • Waking up white : and finding myself in the story of race / Debby Irving
    E 185.615 I778 2014
    For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

  • Tears we cannot stop : a sermon to white America / Michael Eric Dyson
    E 185.615 D97 2017
    "Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish." --Toni Morrison"Here's a sermon that's as fierce as it is lucid. It shook me up, but in a good way. This is how it works if you're black in America, this is what happens, and this is how it feels. If you're black, you'll feel a spark of recognition in every paragraph. If you're white, Dyson tells you what you need to know--what this white man needed to know, at least. This is a major achievement. I read it and said amen." --Stephen KingAs the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it "an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain" and "crushingly powerful," and Beyonce tweeted about it. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop--a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. Short, emotional, literary, powerful--this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.

  • Standing soldiers, kneeling slaves : race, war, and monument in nineteenth-century America / Kirk Savage
    E 468.9 S28 2018
    The United States began as a slave society, holding millions of Africans and their descendants in bondage, and remained so until a civil war took the lives of a half million soldiers, some once slaves themselves. Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves explores how the history of slavery and its violent end was told in public spaces--specifically in the sculptural monuments that came to dominate streets, parks, and town squares in nineteenth-century America. Looking at monuments built and unbuilt, Kirk Savage shows how the greatest era of monument building in American history took place amid struggles over race, gender, and collective memory. Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves probes a host of fascinating questions and remains the only sustained investigation of post-Civil War monument building as a process of national and racial definition. Featuring a new preface by the author that reflects on recent events surrounding the meaning of these monuments, and new photography and illustrations throughout, this new and expanded edition reveals how monuments exposed the myth of a "united" people, and have only become more controversial with the passage of time.

  • These truths : a history of the United States / Jill Lepore
    E 178 L57 2018
    Written in elegiac prose, Lepore's groundbreaking investigation places truth itself--a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence--at the center of the nation's history. The American experiment rests on three ideas--"these truths," Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation's truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News.Along the way, Lepore's sovereign chronicle is filled with arresting sketches of both well-known and lesser-known Americans, from a parade of presidents and a rogues' gallery of political mischief makers to the intrepid leaders of protest movements, including Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and ultimately tragic populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights strategist; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited architect of modern conservatism.Americans are descended from slaves and slave owners, from conquerors and the conquered, from immigrants and from people who have fought to end immigration. "A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden," These Truths observes. "It can't be shirked. There's nothing for it but to get to know it."

  • A dark inheritance : blood, race, and sex in colonial Jamaica / Brooke N. Newman
    F 1896 A1 N49 2018
    A major reassessment of the development of race and subjecthood in the British Atlantic

    Focusing on Jamaica, Britain's most valuable colony in the Americas by the mid-eighteenth century , this book explores the relationship between racial classifications and the inherited rights and privileges associated with British subject status. Brooke Newman reveals the centrality of notions of blood and blood mixture to evolving racial definitions and sexual practices in colonial Jamaica and to legal and political debates over slavery and the rights of imperial subjects on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Weaving together a diverse range of sources, Newman shows how colonial racial ideologies rooted in fictions of blood ancestry at once justified permanent, hereditary slavery for Africans and barred members of certain marginalized groups from laying claim to British liberties on the basis of hereditary status. This groundbreaking study demonstrates that challenges to an Atlantic slave system underpinned by distinctions of blood had far-reaching consequences for British understandings of race, gender, and national belonging.

  • Imperial benevolence : U.S. foreign policy and American popular culture since 9/11 / edited by Scott Laderman and Tim Gruenewald
    E 895 I47 2018
    This is a necessary and urgent read for anyone concerned about the United States' endless wars. Investigating multiple genres of popular culture alongside contemporary U.S. foreign policy and political economy, Imperial Benevolence shows that American popular culture continuously suppresses awareness of U.S. imperialism while assuming American exceptionalism and innocence. This is despite the fact that it is rarely a product of the state. Expertly coordinated essays by prominent historians and media scholars address the ways that movies and television series such as Zero Dark Thirty, The Avengers , and even The Walking Dead, as well as video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops , have largely presented the United States as a global force for good. Popular culture, with few exceptions, has depicted the U.S. as a reluctant hegemon fiercely defending human rights and protecting or expanding democracy from the barbarians determined to destroy it.

  • Traditional Inuit clothing / written by Nadia Mike
    E 99 E7 M63 2017

    Living in the North requires very special clothing to stay warm and move easily over the ice!
    This book introduces children to items of clothing like the parka that they might be familiar with, and uniquely Northern objects like amautis.


  • Indigenous research : theories, practices, and relationships / edited by Deborah McGregor, Jean-Paul Restoule, and Rochelle Johnston
    E 76.7 I53 2018
    Scholars understand what Indigenous research is, but how we practice Indigenous research ethically and respectfully in Canada is under exploration. This ground-breaking edited collection provides readers with concrete and in-depth examples of how to overcome the challenges of Indigenous research with respect to Indigenous worldviews, epistemologies, and ontology. In collaboration with their communities, and with guidance from Elders and other traditional knowledge keepers, each contributor links their personal narrative of Indigenous research to current discussions and debates. Accessible in nature, this interdisciplinary research tool is an essential read for all students and scholars in Indigenous Studies, as well as in the education, anthropology, sociology, and history research methodology classroom.

  • Indigenous education and international academic exchange / Robert Wesley Heber and Xuefang Peng, University of Manitoba, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, centre for Earth Observation Science, Biological Sciences and Environment Geography
    E 96.2 H42 2014

  • 90 treasures, 90 stories, 90 years / [authors, Cynthia Cooper ... et al. ; editors, Cynthia Cooper, Nicole Vallières]
    FC 2947.15 M87 2011
    In celebration of its ninetieth anniversary, the McCord Museum presents a dynamic collection of ninety of its most treasured pieces. Carefully chosen from a collection of more than one million artefacts, images, and manuscripts, this exhibition catalogue brings together the people, artists, and communities of Montreal's past and present to tell the story of a constantly changing city and museum. Dedicated to the preservation, study, and appreciation of Montreal's history, the McCord Museum first opened in 1921 and was the result one man's dream of forging links between his country's diverse cultures. David Ross McCord (1844-1930) was a lawyer and negotiator for Aboriginal communities and his passion for Canadian history compelled him to found a national museum in the heart of Montreal. Nearly a century later, the McCord Museum continues to reinvent itself to reflect its city and the world in interactive and thought-provoking ways. 90 Treasures, 90 Stories, 90 Years is an intimate glimpse of the past. The exhibit, produced by scenographer Daniel Castonguay, features fascinating objects in a dynamic and contemporary display that showcases Montreal's diverse peoples and their extraordinary histories.

  • The homesteaders / Sandra Rollings-Magnusson ; foreword by Nadine Charabin, Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
    FC 3518 R65 2018
    The Homesteaders covers the whole settler experience, beginning the year Canada was founded and the first sodbusters appeared in what is now Saskatchewan, right through the immigration boom years preceding the First World War. In their own words, settlers recount their lives from the moment they registered for their "home quarter" -- 160 acres of land given to them, so long as they could cultivate it. Homesteaders describe the formidable task of building the family home from sod or logs, the back-breaking labour of cropping and harvesting the fields, the patience needed when working with draught animals, and the misery of dealing with the pests which threatened their livelihood. Their reminiscences extend further as they discuss the type of food that was available, the medical practicesthey had to endure, and the educational experiences of their children in one-room schoolhouses, as well as their hobbies, the books that they read, the songs they sang, the pets that they owned, the games that they played, and the local dances, picnics, weddings, and chivarees that they attended during these early years.

  • The quest for social justice, 1898-1914 / by Harold Underwood Faulkner
    E 741 F26
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