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


  • Thomas Jefferson, architect; original designs in the Coolidge Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, with an essay and notes, by Fiske Kimball
    E 332 J48 1968

  • Words and Worlds Turned Around : Indigenous Christianities in Colonial Latin America / edited by David Tavárez
    F 1219.3 R38 W67 2017eb

    A sophisticated, state-of-the-art study of the remaking of Christianity by indigenous societies, Words and Worlds Turned Around reveals the manifold transformations of Christian discourses in the colonial Americas. The book surveys how Christian messages were rendered in indigenous languages; explores what was added, transformed, or glossed over; and ends with an epilogue about contemporary Nahuatl Christianities.

    In eleven case studies drawn from eight Amerindian languages--Nahuatl, Northern and Valley Zapotec, Quechua, Yucatec Maya, K'iche' Maya, Q'eqchi' Maya, and Tupi--the authors address Christian texts and traditions that were repeatedly changed through translation--a process of "turning around" as conveyed in Classical Nahuatl. Through an examination of how Christian terms and practices were made, remade, and negotiated by both missionaries and native authors and audiences, the volume shows the conversion of indigenous peoples as an ongoing process influenced by what native societies sought, understood, or accepted.

    The volume features a rapprochement of methodologies and assumptions employed in history, anthropology, and religion and combines the acuity of of methodologies drawn from philology and historical linguistics with the contextualizing force of the ethnohistory and social history of Spanish and Portuguese America.

    Contributors : Claudia Brosseder, Louise M. Burkhart, Mark Christensen, John F. Chuchiak IV, Abelardo de la Cruz, Gregory Haimovich, Kittiya Lee, Ben Leeming, Julia Madajczak, Justyna Olko, Frauke Sachse, Garry Sparks


  • Celebrity Influence : Politics, Persuasion, and Issue-Based Advocacy / Mark Harvey
    E 893 H37 2017eb
    Why should we listen to celebrities like Bono or Angelina Jolie when they endorse a politician or take a position on an issue? Do we listen to them? Despite their lack of public policy experience, celebrities are certainly everywhere in the media, appealing on behalf of the oppressed, advocating policy change--even, in one spectacular case, leading the birther movement all the way to the White House. In this book Mark Harvey takes a close look into the phenomenon of celebrity advocacy in an attempt to determine the nature of celebrity influence, and the source and extent of its power.

    Focusing on two specific kinds of power--the ability to "spotlight" issues in the media and to persuade audiences--Harvey searches out the sources of celebrity influence and compares them directly to the sources of politicians' influence. In a number of case studies--such as Jolie and Ben Affleck drawing media attention to the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Bob Marley uniting warring factions in Jamaica; John Lennon networking with the new left to oppose Richard Nixon's re-election; Elvis Presley working with Nixon to counter anti-war activism--he details the role of celebrities working with advocacy groups and lobbying politicians to affect public opinion and influence policy. A series of psychological experiments demonstrate that celebrities can persuade people to accept their policy positions, even on national security issues.

    Harvey's analysis of news sources reveals that when celebrities speak about issues of public importance, they get disproportionately more coverage than politicians. Further, his reading of surveys tells us that people find politicians no more or less credible than celebrities--except politicians from the opposing party, who are judged less credible. At a time when the distinctions between politicians and celebrities are increasingly blurred, the insights into celebrity influence presented in this volume are as relevant as they are compelling.

  • China, The United States, and the Future of Southeast Asia : U.S.-China Relations, Volume II / edited by David B.H. Denoon
    E 183.8 C5 C558 2017eb

  • Kings and Presidents : Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR / Bruce Riedel
    E 183.8 S25 R545 2017eb

  • The Unquiet Frontier : Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power / Jakub J. Grygiel, A. Wess Mitchell
    E 183.7 G79 2016eb

    From the Baltic to the South China Sea, newly assertive authoritarian states sense an opportunity to resurrect old empires or build new ones at America's expense. Hoping that U.S. decline is real, nations such as Russia, Iran, and China are testing Washington's resolve by targeting vulnerable allies at the frontiers of American power. The Unquiet Frontier explains why the United States needs a new grand strategy that uses strong frontier alliance networks to raise the costs of military aggression in the new century.

    Jakub Grygiel and Wess Mitchell describe the aggressive methods rival nations are using to test U.S. power in strategically critical regions throughout the world. They show how rising and revisionist powers are putting pressure on our frontier allies--countries like Poland, Israel, and Taiwan--to gauge our leaders' commitment to upholding the U.S.-led global order. To cope with these dangerous dynamics, nervous U.S. allies are diversifying their national-security "menu cards" by beefing up their militaries or even aligning with their aggressors. Grygiel and Mitchell reveal how numerous would-be great powers use an arsenal of asymmetric techniques to probe and sift American strength across several regions simultaneously, and how rivals and allies alike are learning from America's management of increasingly interlinked global crises to hone effective strategies of their own.

    The Unquiet Frontier demonstrates why the United States must strengthen the international order that has provided greater benefits to the world than any in history.


  • Moderates : The Vital Center of American Politics, from the Founding to Today / David S. Brown
    E 183 B89 2016eb

  • Mourning in America : Race and the Politics of Loss / David McIvor
    E 185.615 M3537 2016eb

    Recent years have brought public mourning to the heart of American politics, as exemplified by the spread and power of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained force through its identification of pervasive social injustices with individual losses. The deaths of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and so many others have brought private grief into the public sphere. The rhetoric and iconography of mourning has been noteworthy in Black Lives Matter protests, but David W. McIvor believes that we have paid too little attention to the nature of social mourning--its relationship to private grief, its practices, and its pathologies and democratic possibilities.

    In Mourning in America , McIvor addresses significant and urgent questions about how citizens can mourn traumatic events and enduring injustices in their communities. McIvor offers a framework for analyzing the politics of mourning, drawing from psychoanalysis, Greek tragedy, and scholarly discourses on truth and reconciliation. Mourning in America connects these literatures to ongoing activism surrounding racial injustice, and it contextualizes Black Lives Matter in the broader politics of grief and recognition. McIvor also examines recent, grassroots-organized truth and reconciliation processes such as the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004-2006), which provided a public examination of the Greensboro Massacre of 1979--a deadly incident involving local members of the Communist Workers Party and the Ku Klux Klan.


  • The Eagle and the Trident : U.S.—Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times / Steven Pifer
    E 183.8 U38 P54 2017eb

  • Avoiding War with China : Two Nations, One World / Amitai Etzioni
    E 183.8 C5 E79 2017eb

    Are the United States and China on a collision course? In response to remarks made by Donald Trump's secretary of state, China's state-run newspaper Global Times asserted, "Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the [disputed] islands will be foolish." Some experts contend that conflict is inevitable when an established power does not make sufficient room for a rising power. In this timely new work, renowned professor of international relations Amitai Etzioni explains why this would be disastrous and points to the ways the two nations can avoid war.

    The United States is already preparing for a war with China, Etzioni reveals. However, major differences of opinion exist among experts on the extent of military commitment required, and no plan has been formally reviewed by either Congress or the White House, nor has any been subjected to a public debate. Etzioni seeks here to provide a context for this long overdue discussion and to explore the most urgent questions: How aggressive is China? How powerful is it? Does it seek merely regional influence, or regional dominance, or to replace the United States as the global superpower?

    The most effective means of avoiding war, several experts argue, requires integrating China into the prevailing rule-based, liberal, international order. Etzioni spells out how this might be achieved and considers what can be done to improve the odds such an integration will take place. Others call for containing or balancing China, and Etzioni examines the risk posed by our alliances with various countries in the region, particularly India and Pakistan.

    With insight and clarity Etzioni presents our best strategy to reduce tension between the two powers, mapping out how the United States can accommodate China's regional rise without undermining its core interests, its allies, and the international order.


  • Global Perspectives on the United States : Pro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between / edited by Virginia R. Dominguez and Jane C. Desmond
    E 183.7 G558 2017eb

  • A Glass Half Full? : Rebalance, Reassurance, and Resolve in the U.S.-China Strategic Relationship / Michael E. O'Hanlon and James Steinberg
    E 183.8 C5 O534 2017eb

  • The Bitter Taste of Hope : Ideals, Ideologies, and Interests in the Age of Obama / Stephen Eric Bonner
    E 907 B76 2017eb

  • US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy : Candidates, Campaigns, and Global Politics from FDR to Bill Clinton / edited by Andrew Johnstone and Andrew Priest
    E 840 U557 2017eb

    While domestic issues loom large in voters' minds during American presidential elections, matters of foreign policy have consistently shaped candidates and their campaigns. From the start of World War II through the collapse of the Soviet Union, presidential hopefuls needed to be perceived as credible global leaders in order to win elections -- regardless of the situation at home -- and voter behavior depended heavily on whether the nation was at war or peace. Yet there is little written about the importance of foreign policy in US presidential elections or the impact of electoral issues on the formation of foreign policy.

    In US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy , a team of international scholars examines how the relationship between foreign policy and electoral politics evolved through the latter half of the twentieth century. Covering all presidential elections from 1940 to 1992 -- from debates over American entry into World War II to the aftermath of the Cold War -- the contributors correct the conventional wisdom that domestic issues and the economy are always definitive. Together they demonstrate that, while international concerns were more important in some campaigns than others, foreign policy always matters and is often decisive. This illuminating commentary fills a significant gap in the literature on presidential and electoral politics, emphasizing that candidates' positions on global issues have a palpable impact on American foreign policy.


  • Black Bostonians and the Politics of Culture, 1920-1940 / Lorraine Elena Roses
    E 185.6 R765 2017eb

  • Whiteness on the Border : Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White / Lee Bebout
    E 184 M5 B434 2017eb

  • Flashpoints for Asian American Studies / Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, editor ; afterword by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    E 184 A75 F534 2018eb

  • Whispers of Cruel Wrongs : The Correspondence of Louisa Jacobs and Her Circle, 1879-1911 / edited by Mary Maillard
    E 185.96 W475 2017eb

  • In the Name of the Mother : Italian Americans, African Americans, and Modernity from Booker T. Washington to Bruce Springsteen / Samuele F.S. Pardini
    E 184 I8 Peb
    In the Name of the Mother examines the cultural relationship between African American intellectuals and Italian American writers and artists, and how it relates to American blackness in the twentieth century. Samuele Pardini links African American literature to the Mediterranean tradition of the Italian immigrants and examines both against the white intellectual discourse that defines modernism in the West. This previously unexamined encounter offers a hybrid, transnational model of modernity capable of producing democratic forms of aesthetics, social consciousness, and political economy. This volume emphasizes the racial "in-betweenness" of Italian Americans rearticulated as "invisible blackness," a view that enlarges and complicates the color-based dimensions of American racial discourse. This strikingly original work will interest a wide spectrum of scholars in American Studies and the humanities.

  • Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party : A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford / Scott Kaufman
    E 866 K38 2017eb
    Within eight turbulent months in 1974 Gerald Ford went from the United States House of Representatives, where he was the minority leader, to the White House as the country's first and only unelected president. His unprecedented rise to power, after Richard Nixon's equally unprecedented fall, has garnered the lion's share of scholarly attention devoted to America's thirty-eighth president. But Gerald Ford's (1913-2006) life and career in and out of Washington spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party captures for the first time the full scope of Ford's long and remarkable political life.

    The man who emerges from these pages is keenly ambitious, determined to climb the political ladder in Washington, and loyal to his party but not a political ideologue. Drawing on interviews with family and congressional and administrative officials, presidential historian Scott Kaufman traces Ford's path from a Depression-era childhood through service in World War II to entry into Congress shortly after the Cold War began. He delves deeply into the workings of Congress and legislative-executive relations, offering insight into Ford's role as the House minority leader in a time of conservative insurgency in the Republican Party.

    Kaufman's account of the Ford presidency provides a new perspective on how human rights figured in the making of U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War era, and how environmental issues figured in the making of domestic policy. It also presents a close look at the 1976 presidential election--emphasizing the significance of image in that contest--and extensive coverage of Ford's post-presidency. In sum, Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party is the most comprehensive political biography of Gerald Ford and will become the definitive resource on the thirty-eighth president of the United States.

  • Winning Our Freedoms Together : African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960 / Nicholas Grant
    E 185.61 G74 2017eb

  • Chocolate City : A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital / Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove
    E 185.93 D6 A78 2017eb

  • The Greatest Trials I Ever Had : The Civil War Letters of Margaret and Thomas Cahill / edited by Ryan W. Keating
    E 499.5 9th C34 2017eb

    This edited collection of Civil War correspondence between Col. Thomas Cahill and his wife, Margaret, offers a rare glimpse into the symbiotic relationship between soldiers and their home communities. In the only substantial extant collection of letters from an Irish American woman on the northern home front, Margaret's pivotal role as a go-between in the financial affairs of men in the regiment and their wives is made evident, as is the broader interplay between the community of New Haven, Connecticut, and the regiment.

    The couple's correspondence was nearly constant in their four years apart. There is an inherent intimacy in the way that daily life during the Civil War is documented and in particular in the gradual revelation of the emotional toll taken by a long-distance relationship. Because the volume includes letters from both Cahill and his wife, the interplay between the regiment and the home front is traced in a way most collections are not able to achieve.

    This lively correspondence provides a great introduction to primary source reading for students of the Civil War home front. These teaching opportunities will supplemented by a companion website that features more correspondence, maps, and additional learning materials.


  • “This Infernal War” : The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard / Edited by Bell Irvin Wiley with the assistance of Lucy E. Fay
    E 605 F25eb

  • The Wars inside Chile's Barracks : Remembering Military Service under Pinochet / Leith Passmore
    F 3100 P375 2017eb

  • Big Medicine From Six Nations / Ted Williams ; edited and with an afterword by Debra Roberts ; foreword by Christopher Vecsey
    E 99 T9 W55 2007eb

  • The Palatine Wreck : The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship / Jill Farinelli
    F 87 B6 F37 2017eb
    Two days after Christmas in 1738, a British merchant ship traveling from Rotterdam to Philadelphia grounded in a blizzard on the northern tip of Block Island, twelve miles off the Rhode Island coast. The ship carried emigrants from the Palatinate and its neighboring territories in what is now southwest Germany. The 105 passengers and crew on board--sick, frozen, and starving--were all that remained of the 340 men, women, and children who had left their homeland the previous spring. They now found themselves castaways, on the verge of death, and at the mercy of a community of strangers whose language they did not speak.

    Shortly after the wreck, rumors began to circulate that the passengers had been mistreated by the ship's crew and by some of the islanders. The stories persisted, transforming over time as stories do and, in less than a hundred years, two terrifying versions of the event had emerged.

    In one account, the crew murdered the captain, extorted money from the passengers by prolonging the voyage and withholding food, then abandoned ship. In the other, the islanders lured the ship ashore with a false signal light, then murdered and robbed all on board. Some claimed the ship was set ablaze to hide evidence of these crimes, their stories fueled by reports of a fiery ghost ship first seen drifting in Block Island Sound on the one-year anniversary of the wreck. These tales became known as the legend of the Palatine, the name given to the ship in later years, when its original name had been long forgotten. The flaming apparition was nicknamed the Palatine Light.

    The eerie phenomenon has been witnessed by hundreds of people over the centuries, and numerous scientific theories have been offered as to its origin. Its continued reappearances, along with the attention of some of nineteenth-century America's most notable writers--among them Richard Henry Dana Sr., John Greenleaf Whittier, Edward Everett Hale, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson--has helped keep the legend alive. This despite evidence that the vessel, whose actual name was the Princess Augusta, was never abandoned, lured ashore, or destroyed by fire.

    So how did the rumors begin? What really happened to the Princess Augusta and the passengers she carried on her final, fatal voyage? Through years of painstaking research, Jill Farinelli reconstructs the origins of one of New England's most chilling maritime mysteries.

  • Inglorious Passages : Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War / Brian Steel Wills
    E 468.9 W58 2017eb
    Of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who died in the Civil War, two-thirds, by some estimates, were felled by disease; untold others were lost to accidents, murder, suicide, sunstroke, and drowning. Meanwhile thousands of civilians in both the north and south perished--in factories, while caught up in battles near their homes, and in other circumstances associated with wartime production and supply. These "inglorious passages," no less than the deaths of soldiers in combat, devastated the armies in the field and families and communities at home. Inglorious Passages for the first time gives these noncombat deaths due consideration.

    In letters, diaries, obituaries, and other accounts, eminent Civil War historian Brian Steel Wills finds the powerful and poignant stories of fatal accidents and encounters and collateral civilian deaths that occurred in the factories and fields of the Union and the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865. Wills retrieves these stories from obscurity and the cold calculations of statistics to reveal the grave toll these losses exacted on soldiers and civilians, families and society. In its intimate details and its broad scope, his book demonstrates that for those who served and those who supported them, noncombat fatalities were as significant as battle deaths in impressing the full force of the American Civil War on the people called upon to live through it. With the publication of Inglorious Passages , those who paid the supreme sacrifice, regardless of situation or circumstance, will at last be included in the final tabulation of the nation's bloodiest conflict.

  • The Rise of the Arab American Left : Activists, Allies, and Their Fight against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s / Pamela E. Pennock
    E 184 A65 P46 2017eb

  • Mr. Chairman : The Life and Times of Ray C. Bliss / William L. Hershey and John C. Green
    E 840.8 B585 H47 2017eb
    Ray Bliss was a masterful behind-the-scenes force in the Republican Party for more than three decades at the local, state, and national levels. Recognized as a master of the "nuts and bolts" of practical politics, Bliss was among the first to use polling and television in campaigns. When Bliss took over as national chairman in 1965, the GOP was on life support after Barry Goldwater's landslide defeat in the 1964 presidential election. Bliss rebuilt the party through hard work, innovation, a keen eye for detail, and uncanny political instincts. His shrewd ability to unite liberal, moderate, and conservative Republicans helped put Richard M. Nixon in the White House in 1968. This thorough biography chronicles Bliss's career from campus political czar at the University of Akron, to Akron City Hall, the Ohio Statehouse, and finally the national capital in Washington, DC. It details his complicated relationship with Nixon, who used Bliss's skills to become president, but then forced his resignation as national chairman.

  • What Remains : Searching for the Memory and Lost Grave of John Paul Jones / Robert Hornick
    E 207 J7 H67 2017eb

  • "Our Aim Was Man" : Andrew's Sharpshooters in the American Civil War / edited by Roberta Senechal de la Roche
    E 513.9 O78 2016eb

  • Gerry Studds : America's First Openly Gay Congressman / Mark Robert Schneider
    E 840.8 S778 S38 2017eb

  • An Abolitionist Abroad : Sarah Parker Remond in Cosmopolitan Europe / Sirpa Salenius
    E 449 R319 S25 2016eb

  • The Fires of New England : A Story of Protest and Rebellion in Antebellum America / Eric J. Morser
    F 38 M67 2017eb

  • Through an Indian's Looking-Glass : A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot / Drew Lopenzina
    E 99 P53 L67 2017eb

  • My Brother's Keeper : George McGovern and Progressive Christianity / Mark A. Lempke
    E 840.8 M34 L46 2017eb

  • Making an Antislavery Nation : Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle over Freedom / Graham A. Peck
    E 449 P39 2017eb

  • The Denmark Vesey Affair : A Documentary History / edited by Douglas R. Egerton and Robert L. Paquette ; foreword by Stanley Harrold and Randall M. Miller
    F 279 C49 N417 2017eb
    "A truly invaluable collocation of documents. Highly Recommended."-- Choice "Brilliantly conceptualized, exhaustively researched, and eloquently written, it is a gold mine for anyone interested in America's ongoing dilemma with slavery and race."--John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln "This stunning and magisterial documentary history accumulates and analyzes much evidence never before considered adequately, if at all. The work of fifteen years by assiduous senior historians of slave rebellions, it not only considers the prehistory of the affair but also the long aftermath."--David Moltke-Hansen, editor of William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War: Consequences for a Southern Man of Letters "Will surely become the definitive source on the Vesey conspiracy. Such an impressive assemblage and explication of records show not only how Vesey's actions contributed to America's Civil War but also why he continues to influence us, particularly in the South."--Bernard E. Powers Jr., author of Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885 "Places the Denmark Vesey conspiracy in a broad context. This volume should put to rest the argument by some historians that the conspiracy was little more than 'loose talk' among those held in bondage."--Loren Schweninger, author of Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law

    In 1822, thirty-four slaves and their leader, a free black man named Denmark Vesey, were tried and executed for "attempting to raise an insurrection" in Charleston, South Carolina. In The Denmark Vesey Affair , Douglas Egerton and Robert Paquette annotate and interpret a vast collection of contemporary documents that illuminate and contextualize this complicated saga, ultimately arguing that the Vesey plot was one of the most sophisticated acts of collective slave resistance in the history of the United States. This is the definitive account of a landmark event that spurred the South to secession.

    Douglas R. Egerton , professor of history at Le Moyne College, is the author of Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America . Robert L. Paquette , executive director of The Alexander Hamilton Institute in Clinton, New York, is coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas. A volume in the series Southern Dissent, edited by Stanley Harrold and Randall M. Miller

  • Coup : The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal / by Keel Hunt
    F 440 H86 2017eb

  • The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant / Charles W. Calhoun
    E 671 C25 2017eb
    As controversial in politics as he was in the military, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was an embattled president, enormously popular with the American people, yet the target of unrelenting censure by political enemies. For the first time in almost a century, this book by the distinguished historian Charles W. Calhoun examines Grant's administration in depth, offering a fresh look at the 18th president's policies and actions during his two terms in office (1869-1877).

    Most biographers focus on Grant's military career, giving less attention to the significant and complex questions that marked his presidential terms. These concerns, the issues of politics and governance, are at the core of this book. As a political historian with a vast knowledge of nineteenth-century America and an extensive array of original sources at his command, Calhoun approaches Grant's presidency not as an incongruous or inconsequential sequel to his military career but instead as the polestar of American public life during a crucial decade in the nation's political development. He explores Grant's leadership style and traces his contributions to the office of president, including creating a White House staff, employing modern technology to promote the mobility of the presidency, and developing strong ties with congressional leaders to enhance executive influence over legislation.

    The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant provides a detailed discussion of the administration's endeavors in a variety of areas--Reconstruction and civil rights, economic policy, the Peace Policy for Native Americans, foreign policy, and civil service reform. It also offers a straightforward examination of the scandals associated with the period, highlighting the "embattled" nature of Grant's presidency and the deep antagonism that marked his relations with key critics such as Charles Sumner, Henry Adams, and Benjamin Bristow. In sum, this book is a long overdue re-evaluation of a pivotal presidency in America's political history.

  • Tejano Tiger : Jose de los Santos Benavides and the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1823-1891 / Jerry D. Thompson
    E 467.1 B395 T46 2016eb

  • Fugitive Science : Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture / Britt Rusert
    E 185.89 I56 B78 2017eb
    Exposes the influential work of a group of black artists to confront and refute scientific racism.

    Traversing the archives of early African American literature, performance, and visual culture, Britt Rusert uncovers the dynamic experiments of a group of black writers, artists, and performers. Fugitive Science chronicles a little-known story about race and science in America. While the history of scientific racism in the nineteenth century has been well-documented, there was also a counter-movement of African Americans who worked to refute its claims.

    Far from rejecting science, these figures were careful readers of antebellum science who linked diverse fields--from astronomy to physiology--to both on-the-ground activism and more speculative forms of knowledge creation. Routinely excluded from institutions of scientific learning and training, they transformed cultural spaces like the page, the stage, the parlor, and even the pulpit into laboratories of knowledge and experimentation. From the recovery of neglected figures like Robert Benjamin Lewis, Hosea Easton, and Sarah Mapps Douglass, to new accounts of Martin Delany, Henry Box Brown, and Frederick Douglass, Fugitive Science makes natural science central to how we understand the origins and development of African American literature and culture.

    This distinct and pioneering book will spark interest from anyone wishing to learn more on race and society.

  • "Our Little Monitor" : The Greatest Invention of the Civil War / Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White
    E 595 M7 H65 2017eb

  • The Only Woman in the Room : The Norma Paulus Story / Norma Paulus ; with Gail Wells and Pat McCord Amacher
    F 881.35 P38 A3 2017eb

  • Building an American Empire : The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion / Paul Frymer
    E 179.5 F79 2017eb

    How American westward expansion was governmentally engineered to promote the formation of a white settler nation

    Westward expansion of the United States is most conventionally remembered for rugged individualism, geographic isolationism, and a fair amount of luck. Yet the establishment of the forty-eight contiguous states was hardly a foregone conclusion, and the federal government played a critical role in its success. This book examines the politics of American expansion, showing how the government's regulation of population movements on the frontier, both settlement and removal, advanced national aspirations for empire and promoted the formation of a white settler nation.

    Building an American Empire details how a government that struggled to exercise plenary power used federal land policy to assert authority over the direction of expansion by engineering the pace and patterns of settlement and to control the movement of populations. At times, the government mobilized populations for compact settlement in strategically important areas of the frontier; at other times, policies were designed to actively restrain settler populations in order to prevent violence, international conflict, and breakaway states. Paul Frymer examines how these settlement patterns helped construct a dominant racial vision for America by incentivizing and directing the movement of white European settlers onto indigenous and diversely populated lands. These efforts were hardly seamless, and Frymer pays close attention to the failures as well, from the lack of further expansion into Latin America to the defeat of the black colonization movement.

    Building an American Empire reveals the lasting and profound significance government settlement policies had for the nation, both for establishing America as dominantly white and for restricting broader aspirations for empire in lands that could not be so racially engineered.


  • Gentlemen Revolutionaries : Power and Justice in the New American Republic / Tom Cutterham
    E 303 C87 2017eb

    In the years between the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the Constitution, American gentlemen--the merchants, lawyers, planters, and landowners who comprised the independent republic's elite--worked hard to maintain their positions of power. Gentlemen Revolutionaries shows how their struggles over status, hierarchy, property, and control shaped the ideologies and institutions of the fledgling nation.

    Tom Cutterham examines how, facing pressure from populist movements as well as the threat of foreign empires, these gentlemen argued among themselves to find new ways of justifying economic and political inequality in a republican society. At the heart of their ideology was a regime of property and contract rights derived from the norms of international commerce and eighteenth-century jurisprudence. But these gentlemen were not concerned with property alone. They also sought personal prestige and cultural preeminence. Cutterham describes how, painting the egalitarian freedom of the republic's "lower sort" as dangerous licentiousness, they constructed a vision of proper social order around their own fantasies of power and justice. In pamphlets, speeches, letters, and poetry, they argued that the survival of the republican experiment in the United States depended on the leadership of worthy gentlemen and the obedience of everyone else.

    Lively and elegantly written, Gentlemen Revolutionaries demonstrates how these elites, far from giving up their attachment to gentility and privilege, recast the new republic in their own image.


  • The Stormy Present : Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865 / Adam I.P. Smith
    F 106 S598 2017eb

  • The American Elsewhere : Adventure and Manliness in the Age of Expansion / Jimmy L. Bryan Jr
    E 179.5 B79 2017eb
    As important cultural icons of the early nineteenth-century United States, adventurers energized the mythologies of the West and contributed to the justifications of territorial conquest. They told stories of exhilarating perils, boundless landscapes, and erotic encounters that elevated their chauvinism, avarice, and violence into forms of nobility. As self-proclaimed avatars of American exceptionalism, Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. suggests in The American Elsewhere , adventurers transformed westward expansion into a project of romantic nationalism.

    A study of US expansionism from 1815-1848, The American Elsewhere delves into the "adventurelogues" of the era to reveal the emotional world of men who sought escape from the anonymity of the urban East and pressures of the Market Revolution. As volunteers, trappers, traders, or curiosity seekers, they stepped into "elsewheres," distant and dangerous. With their words and art, they entered these unfamiliar realms that had fostered caution and apprehension, and they reimagined them as regions that awakened romantic and reckless optimism. In doing so, Bryan shows, adventurers created the figure of the remarkable American male that generated a wide appeal and encouraged a personal investment in nationhood among their audiences.

    Bryan provides a thorough reading of a wide variety of sources--including correspondence, travel accounts, fiction, poetry, artwork, and material culture--and finds that adventurers told stories and shaped images that beguiled a generation of Americans into believing in their own exceptionality and in their destiny to conquer the continent.

  • Modernity and the Great Depression : The Transformation of American Society, 1930 - 1941 / Kenneth J. Bindas
    E 169.1 B4974 2017eb
    Order, planning, and reason--in the depths of the Great Depression, with the nation teetering on the brink of collapse, this was what was needed. And this, Kenneth J. Bindas suggests, was what the ideas and ideals of modernity offered--a way to make sense of the chaos all around. In Modernity and the Great Depression , Bindas offers a new perspective on the provenance and power of modernist thought and practice in early twentieth-century America.

    In the midst of a terrible economic, social, and political crisis, modernism provided an alternative to the response of many traditional moralists and religious leaders. Promoting a faith based in reason, organization, and planning, modernists espoused a salvation that was not eternal but rather temporal, tangible, and, for a generation with so little to hold onto, eminently practical--one that found virtue in pleasure and private pursuits. After surveying the contested definitional terrain of "modernism" and "modernity," Bindas tracks their course and influence through such government programs as the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Youth Administration; in the massive American Expositions and World's Fairs that heralded progress and a better future; on the efforts of women interior decorators to update and enhance the comforts of the modern home; and--thanks to the proliferation of electricity and radio--on the popular and high-culture musical recordings and broadcasts that reinforced a shift away from traditional modes of performance and reception.

    In the transformation he describes, Bindas also locates the limits of modernism's influence, as later generations confronted the spiritual shortcomings of its ultra-rationalist and materialist paradigm.

  • The Election of 1860 : "A Campaign Fraught with Consequences" / Michael F. Holt
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    Because of its extraordinary consequences and because of Abraham Lincoln's place in the American pantheon, the presidential election of 1860 is probably the most studied in our history. But perhaps for the same reasons, historians have focused on the contest of Lincoln versus Stephen Douglas in the northern free states and John Bell versus John C. Breckinridge in the slaveholding South. In The Election of 1860 a preeminent scholar of American history disrupts this familiar narrative with a clearer and more comprehensive account of how the election unfolded and what it was actually about. Most critically, the book counters the common interpretation of the election as a referendum on slavery and the Republican Party's purported threat to it. However significantly slavery figured in the election, The Election of 1860 reveals the key importance of widespread opposition to the Republican Party because of its overtly anti-southern rhetoric and seemingly unstoppable rise to power in the North after its emergence in 1854. Also of critical importance was the corruption of the incumbent administration of Democrat James Buchanan--and a nationwide revulsion against party.

    Grounding his history in a nuanced retelling of the pre-1860 story, Michael F. Holt explores the sectional politics that permeated the election and foreshadowed the coming Civil War. He brings to light how the campaigns of the Republican Party and the National (Northern) Democrats and the Constitutional (Southern) Democrats and the newly formed Constitutional Union Party were not exclusively regional. His attention to the little-studied role of the Buchanan Administration, and of perceived threats to the preservation of the Union, clarifies the true dynamic of the 1860 presidential election, particularly in its early stages.

  • Andrew Jackson Donelson : Jacksonian and Unionist / Richard Douglas Spence
    E 382.1 D57 S64 2017eb

  • More Argentine Than You : Arabic-Speaking Immigrants in Argentina / Steven Hyland Jr
    F 3021 A59 H95 2017eb

  • Rainy Lake House : Twilight of Empire on the Northern Frontier / Theodore Catton
    F 612 R18 C37 2017eb

    In September 1823, three men met at Rainy Lake House, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post near the Boundary Waters. Dr. John McLoughlin, the proprietor of Rainy Lake House, was in charge of the borderlands west of Lake Superior, where he was tasked with opposing the petty traders who operated out of US territory. Major Stephen H. Long, an officer in the US Army Topographical Engineers, was on an expedition to explore the wooded borderlands west of Lake Superior and the northern prairies from the upper Mississippi to the forty-ninth parallel. John Tanner, a "white Indian" living among the Ojibwa nation, arrived in search of his missing daughters, who, Tanner believed, were at risk of being raped by the white traders holding them captive at a nearby fort.

    Rainy Lake House weaves together the captivating stories of these men who cast their fortunes in different ways with the western fur trade. Drawing on their combined experiences, Theodore Catton creates a vivid depiction of the beautiful and dangerous northern frontier from a collision of vantage points: American, British, and Indian; imperial, capital, and labor; explorer, trader, and hunter. At the center of this history is the deeply personal story of John Tanner's search for kinship: first among his adopted Ojibwa nation; then in the search for his white family of origin; and finally in his quest for custody of his half-Indian children.

    Rainy Lake House is a character-driven narrative about ambition, adventure, alienation, and revenge. Catton deftly crafts one grand narrative out of three and reveals the perilous lives of the white adventurers and their Indian families, who lived on the fringe of empire.


  • Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction / A. James Fuller
    F 526 M87 F85 2017eb

  • Phantoms of the South Fork : Captain McNeill and His Rangers / Steve French
    E 581.6 M36 F74 2017eb

  • Undermined in Coal Country : On the Measures in a Working Land / Bill Conlogue
    F 159 S4 C66 2017eb

    Deep mining ended decades ago in Pennsylvania's Lackawanna Valley. The barons who made their fortunes have moved on. Low wages and high unemployment haunt the area, and the people left behind wonder whether to stay or seek their fortunes elsewhere.

    Bill Conlogue explores how two overlapping coal country landscapes--Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Marywood University--have coped with the devastating aftermath of mining. Examining the far-reaching environmental effects of mining, this beautifully written book asks bigger questions about what it means to influence a landscape to this extent--and then to live in it. In prose rivaling that of Annie Dillard and John McPhee, Conlogue argues that, if we are serious about solving environmental problems, if we are serious about knowing where we are and what happens there, we need to attend closely to all places--that is, to attend to the world in a cold, dark, and disorienting universe. Unearthing new ways of thinking about place, pedagogy, and the environment, this meditative text reveals that place is inherently unstable.


  • Radical Intellect : Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s / Christopher M. Tinson
    E 185.615 T59 2017eb

  • From New York to San Francisco : Travel Sketches from the Year 1869 / Ernst Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ; translated by Barbara H. Thiem ; edited by Gertrud Graubart Champe ; German edition by Karin Burger and Sebastian Panwitz
    E 168 M53513 2017eb

    Welcome to an America you've never seen. Where anyone can drop by the White House and visit the President between 10 a.m. and noon; where cowcatchers are bloodied daily on train tracks between New York and Boston; where spent bullets are strewn across Civil War battlefields, and Indians still roam Yosemite Valley; where pigs rut in the sand-and-clay streets of Washington, DC., and the weather-bleached skeletons of oxen and horses line the old mail roads across the West.

    For three hot summer months in 1869, Ernst Mendelssohn-Barthody, the nephew of famed composer Felix Mendelssohn, traveled by train across the United States accompanied by his older cousin. His letters back home to Prussia offer fascinating glimpses of a young, rapidly growing America. Unceasingly annoyed at the Americans' tendency to spit all the time, the Prussian aristocrats seemingly visited everyone and everywhere: meeting President Grant and Brigham Young; touring Niagara Falls, Mammoth Cave, the Redwoods, and Yosemite; taking in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Omaha, San Francisco, and the still war-ravaged city of Richmond; and crossing the continent by rail just two months after the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads had been joined at Promontory, Utah.

    Full of marvelous tales and insightful observations, Ernst Mendelssohn-Barthody's letters are a revealing window to a long-ago America.


  • A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri : The Journal and Description of Jean-Baptiste Truteau, 1794-1796 / historical introduction by Milo Milton Quaife ; introduction to the Bison book edition by Paul L. Hedren
    F 598 L332 1989eb

    A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri offers the first annotated scholarly edition of Jean-Baptiste Truteau's journal of his voyage on the Missouri River in the central and northern Plains from 1794 to 1796 and of his description of the upper Missouri. This fully modern and magisterial edition of this essential journal surpasses all previous editions in assisting scholars and general readers in understanding Truteau's travels and encounters with the numerous Native peoples of the region, including the Arikaras, Cheyennes, Lakotas-Dakotas-Nakotas, Omahas, and Pawnees. Truteau's writings constitute the very foundation to our understanding of the late eighteenth-century fur trade in the region immediately preceding the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803.


    An unparalleled primary source for its descriptions of Native American tribal customs, beliefs, rituals, material culture, and physical appearances, A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri will be a classic among scholars, students, and general readers alike.


    Along with this new translation by Mildred Mott Wedel, Raymond J. DeMallie, and Robert Vézina, which includes facing French-English pages, the editors shed new light on Truteau's description of the upper Missouri and acknowledge his journal as the foremost account of Native peoples and the fur trade during the eighteenth century. Vézina's essay on the language used and his glossary of voyageur French also provide unique insight into the language of an educated French Canadian fur trader.


  • A Worldly Affair : New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond / Pamela Hanlon
    F 128.52 H259 2017eb

  • Walter Harper, Alaska Native Son / Mary F. Ehrlander
    E 99 A86 E57 2017eb
    Walter Harper, Alaska Native Son illuminates the life of the remarkable Irish-Athabascan man who was the first person to summit Mount Denali, North America's tallest mountain. Born in 1893, Walter Harper was the youngest child of Jenny Albert and the legendary gold prospector Arthur Harper. His parents separated shortly after his birth, and his mother raised Walter in the Athabascan tradition, speaking her Koyukon-Athabascan language. When Walter was seventeen years old, Episcopal archdeacon Hudson Stuck hired the skilled and charismatic youth as his riverboat pilot and winter trail guide. During the following years, as the two traveled among Interior Alaska's Episcopal missions, they developed a father-son-like bond and summited Denali together in 1913.

    Walter's strong Athabascan identity allowed him to remain grounded in his birth culture as his Western education expanded, and he became a leader and a bridge between Alaska Native peoples and Westerners in the Alaska territory. He planned to become a medical missionary in Interior Alaska, but his life was cut short at the age of twenty-five, in the Princess Sophia disaster of 1918 near Skagway, Alaska .

    Harper exemplified resilience during an era when rapid socioeconomic and cultural change was wreaking havoc in Alaska Native villages. Today he stands equally as an exemplar of Athabascan manhood and healthy acculturation to Western lifeways whose life will resonate with today's readers.



  • They Should Stay There : The Story of Mexican Migration and Repatriation during the Great Depression / Fernando Saúl Alanís Enciso ; translated by Russ Davidson ; foreword by Mark Overmyer-Velázquez
    E 184 M5 A65313 2017eb

  • Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America / William K. Bolt
    E 381 B68 2016eb

  • Shades of Green : Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era / Ryan W. Keating
    E 540 I6 K43 2017eb

  • The Battle of Peach Tree Creek : Hood's First Effort to Save Atlanta / Earl J. Hess
    E 476.7 H465 2017eb

  • The Three Graces of Val-Kill : Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own / Emily Herring Wilson
    E 807.1 R48 W473 2017eb

  • Service in a Time of Suspicion : Experiences of Muslims Serving in the U.S. Military Post-9/11 / Michelle Sandhoff
    E 184 M88 S26 2017eb

  • Warring for America : Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812 / edited by Nicole Eustace and Fredrika J. Teute
    E 354 W394 2017eb

  • Stewart L. Udall : Steward of the Land / Thomas G. Smith
    E 840.8 U34 S55 2017eb

  • These Rugged Days : Alabama in the Civil War / John S. Sledge
    E 470.7 S54 2017eb

  • Fit for War : Sustenance and Order in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Catawba Nation / Mary Elizabeth Fitts
    E 99 C24 F58 2017eb
    "Fitts combines archaeology and ethnohistory to explore Catawba strategies for retaining sovereignty and power in the colonial era. A model of interdisciplinary methodology, this book offers new insights into coalescence, colonialism, and Indigenous persistence."--Christina Snyder, author of Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America"Skillfully mobilizes a rich array of historical and archaeological evidence to recover from obscurity the decisive role that Catawba women played in guiding their society through highly precarious times."--Daniel H. Usner Jr., author of Indian Work: Language and Livelihood in Native American History"A fascinating glimpse of the Catawba Nation during this critical period. Fitts succeeds in tracing the mechanics of individual decisions that laid the groundwork for collective change."--William L. Ramsey, author of The Yamasee War: A Study of Culture, Economy, and Conflict in the Colonial SouthThe Catawba Nat ion played an important role in the early colonial Southeast, serving as a military ally of the British and a haven for refugees from other native groups, yet it has largely been overlooked by scholars and the public. Fit for War explains how the Nation maintained its sovereignty while continuing to reside in its precolonial homeland near present-day Charlotte, North Carolina.Drawing from colonial archives and new archaeological data, Mary Elizabeth Fitts shows that militarization helped the Catawba maintain political autonomy but forced them to consolidate their settlements and--with settler encroachment and a regional drought--led to a food crisis. Focusing on craft and foodways, Fitts uncovers the dynamic interactions between mid-eighteenth-century Catawba communities, as well as how Catawba women worked to feed the Nation, a story missing from colonial records. Her research highlights the double-edged nature of tactics available to American Indian groups seeking to keep their independence in the face of colonization.A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series

  • Who Owns Haiti? : People, Power, and Sovereignty / edited by Robert Maguire and Scott Freeman ; foreword by Amy Wilentz
    F 1928.2 W47 2017eb
    "A timely collection of articles by some of the leading and emerging scholars and specialists on Haiti, offering a wide range of critical perspectives on the question and meaning of sovereignty in Haiti."--Alex Dupuy, coauthor of The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti "Directly asks the provocative question of ownership and Haitian sovereignty within the post-earthquake moment--an unstable period in which ideas on (re)development, humanitarianism, globalization, militarism, self-determination, and security converge."--Millery Polyn#65533;, author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 Although Haiti established its independence in 1804, external actors such as the United States, the United Nations, and non-profits have wielded considerable influence throughout its history. Especially in the aftermath of the Duvalier regime and the 2010 earthquake, continual imperial interventions have time and again threatened its sovereignty. Who Owns Haiti ? explores the role of international actors in the country's sovereign affairs while highlighting the ways in which Haitians continually enact their own independence on economic, political, and cultural levels. The contributing authors contemplate Haiti's sovereign roots from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, anthropology, history, economics, and development studies. They also consider the assertions of sovereignty from historically marginalized urban and rural populations. This volume addresses how Haitian institutions, grassroots organizations, and individuals respond to and resist external influence. Examining how foreign actors encroach on Haitian autonomy and shape--or fail to shape--Haiti's fortunes, it argues that varying discussions of ownership are central to Haiti's future as a sovereign state. Robert Maguire is professor of international development studies at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. Scott Freeman is professorial lecturer at the School of International Service at American University.

  • Bouquet's Expedition Against the Ohio Indians in 1764 by William Smith / by William Smith ; introduced, edited, and annotated by Martin West
    E 83.76 S65 2016eb

    In the fall of 1764, Col. Henry Bouquet led a British-American army into what is today eastern Ohio with the intention of ending the border conflict called "Pontiac's War." Brokering a truce without violence and through negotiations, he ordered the Delawares and Shawnees to release all of their European and Colonial American captives. For the indigenous Ohio peoples, nothing was more wrenching and sorrowful than returning children from mixed parentage and adopted members of their families, many of whom had no memory of their former status or were unwilling to relinquish Native American culture.

    Provost William Smith of the College of Philadelphia wrote a history of these events in 1765 titled Bouquet's Expedition Against the Ohio Indians in 1764. Subsequent editions and printings appeared in London, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Paris until 1778, making this book the most widely circulated and read work on warfare and diplomacy in the Ohio country to emerge following the Seven Years' War. The literary reputation and impact of Bouquet's Expedition surpassed all similar contemporary works published on either side of the Atlantic and is probably the most prominent description of an Indian captivity narrative available from the eighteenth century. The dramatic return of the captives described by Smith inspired Conrad Richter's 1953 novel The Light in the Forest and the Walt Disney movie of the same name in 1958.

    This fully annotated edition of Smith's remarkable book, drawn from all the 1765-1778 versions, includes a new introduction with essays on Smith and his contributors and sources, such as Bouquet, Benjamin Franklin, and Edmund Burke, in addition to a new history of the publication. Numerous eighteenth-century images, sketches, drawings, engravings, and paintings are reproduced, and for the first time Benjamin West's two original drawings of Ohio leaders negotiating with Bouquet and the return of the captives are featured. Also included are impressive maps drawn for the book by Thomas Hutchins, Bouquet's engineer, of the Ohio country and the battle of Bushy Run in 1763.

    Bouquet's Expedition Against the Ohio Indians in 1764 is a lasting contribution to our understanding of early Ohio and of warfare and diplomacy in the eighteenth century.


  • Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet : Burt Green Wilder / Burt Green Wilder ; edited by Richard M. Reid
    E 621 W57 2017eb

    In July 1862, Burt Green Wilder left Boston to join Dr. Francis Brown, a surgeon working at Judiciary Square Hospital, one of the new army pavilion hospitals in Washington, D.C. Wilder had just finished his degree in comparative anatomy at Harvard, and the chance to assist Brown rather than serve as a soldier in the army was appealing. For the next ten months Wilder worked in the hospital's wards as a medical cadet. Although he lacked formal medical training, he had aptitude, ability, and an advanced knowledge of anatomy. These qualities were increasingly valued in a medical department being reformed by the new surgeon general, William Hammond, who demanded a more scientific approach to medical care and to the creation and dissemination of medical knowledge. Forty-five years after the war ended Wilder began to draft his recollections of an era that had transformed him personally and radically altered American medicine.

    Richard M. Reid's introduction captures the ways the war dramatically reconfigured the American medical landscape. Prior to the war, the medical community was badly fragmented, and elite physicians felt undervalued by the American public. The war offered them the chance to assert their professional control and to make medicine more scientific and evidence-based. The introduction also includes an extensive historiographical analysis of Civil War medicine and situates Wilder's recollections in the changing direction of the field.

    Wilder's manuscript, largely finished but never published, is written with humor and grace and provides a revealing eyewitness account of Civil War relief services and hospital work. The army hospitals, dramatically different from the prewar institutions, became centers of medical innovation and analytical record keeping. Even medical cadets such as Wilder conducted postmortems and were encouraged to submit specimens of combat-related injuries to Hammond's newly created Army Medical Museum. His discussions of the day-to-day practice in the hospital, the war's expansion of medical knowledge, the duties of medical cadets, scientific activity, and gender relations are particularly compelling.

    Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet provides an important source to understand wartime medicine, the impact of the conflict on American medicine in the nineteenth century, and the little discussed role of the medical cadet in the army medical system.


  • Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado : The Assassination of J. W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero / by Bill Neal
    F 391 J37 N43 2017eb

  • In the Looking Glass : Mirrors and Identity in Early America / Rebecca K. Shrum
    E 162 S557 2017eb

    What did it mean, Rebecca K. Shrum asks, for people--long-accustomed to associating reflective surfaces with ritual and magic--to became as familiar with how they looked as they were with the appearance of other people? Fragmentary histories tantalize us with how early Americans--people of Native, European, and African descent--interacted with mirrors.

    Shrum argues that mirrors became objects through which white men asserted their claims to modernity, emphasizing mirrors as fulcrums of truth that enabled them to know and master themselves and their world. In claiming that mirrors revealed and substantiated their own enlightenment and rationality, white men sought to differentiate how they used mirrors from not only white women but also from Native Americans and African Americans, who had long claimed ownership of and the right to determine the meaning of mirrors for themselves. Mirrors thus played an important role in the construction of early American racial and gender hierarchies.

    Drawing from archival research, as well as archaeological studies, probate inventories, trade records, and visual sources, Shrum also assesses extant mirrors in museum collections through a material culture lens. Focusing on how mirrors were acquired in America and by whom, as well as the profound influence mirrors had, both individually and collectively, on the groups that embraced them, In the Looking Glass is a piece of innovative textual and visual scholarship.


  • The Year I Was Peter the Great : 1956- Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia / Marvin Kalb
    E 748 K225 K359 2017eb

  • The Politics of Nonassimilation : The American Jewish Left in the Twentieth Century / David Randall Verbeeten
    E 184.353 V47 2017eb

  • To Raise and Discipline an Army : Major General Enoch Crowder, the Judge Advocate General’s Office, and the Realignment of Civil and Military Relations in World War I / Joshua Kastenberg
    E 181 C94 Keb
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