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An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman
An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman (June 2017)
The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830
Susan M. Ouellette - Author

A rare nineteenth-century journal of an everyday woman richly infused with the minutiae of antebellum daily life and work.
In 1820, Phebe Orvis began a journal that she faithfully kept for a decade. Richly detailed, her diary captures not only the everyday life of an ordinary woman in early nineteenth-century Vermont and New York, but also the unusual happenings of her family, neighborhood, and beyond. The journal entries trace...(Read More)
 
 
Radical Imagination, Radical Humanity
Radical Imagination, Radical Humanity (February 2017)
Puerto Rican Political Activism in New York
Rose Muzio - Author

Provides firsthand accounts of militant Puerto Rican activists in 1970s New York City.
In this book Rose Muzio analyzes how structural and historical factors—including colonialism, economic marginalization, racial discrimination, and the Black and Brown Power movements of the 1960s—influenced young Puerto Ricans to reject mainstream ideas about political incorporation and join others in struggles against perceived in...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Persuasion
The Politics of Persuasion (February 2017)
Economic Policy and Media Bias in the Modern Era
Anthony R. DiMaggio - Author

Examines how the US media covers high-profile public policy issues in the context of competing claims about media bias.
Tracking the effects of media content on the public is a difficult endeavor, and media effects vary on a subject-to-subject basis. To address this challenge, The Politics of Persuasion employs a multifaceted, mixed method approach to studying mass media and public attitudes. Anthony R. DiMaggio analyzes...(Read More)
 
 
Herbert H. Lehman
Herbert H. Lehman (December 2016)
A Political Biography
Duane Tananbaum - Author

The definitive biography of New York State’s four-term Governor, US Senator, humanitarian, and Jewish liberal political reformer.
This new biography of Herbert Lehman—the first in a half century—fills the void left by historians and political scientists who have neglected one of the truly great liberal icons of the mid-twentieth century. Based on extensive research in archival sources, Herbert H. Lehman ...(Read More)
 
 
Race Still Matters
Race Still Matters (December 2016)
The Reality of African American Lives and the Myth of Postracial Society
Yuya Kiuchi - Editor

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.
More than half a century after the civil rights era of the mid-1950s to the late 1960s, American society is often characterized as postracial. In other words, that the country has moved away from prejudice based on skin color and we live in a colorblind society. The reality, however, is the opposite. African Americans continue to face both explici...(Read More)
 
 
FDR on His Houseboat
FDR on His Houseboat (November 2016)
The Larooco Log, 1924-1926
Karen Chase - Editor

Presents and expands upon Roosevelt’s daily nautical log as he was trying to regain the use of his polio-damaged legs.
In the midst of the Jazz Age, while Americans were making merry, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken by polio and withdrew from public life. From 1924 to 1926, believing that warm water and warm air would help him walk again, he spent the winter months on his new houseboat, the Larooco, sailing t...(Read More)
 
 
Hopes and Expectations
Hopes and Expectations (November 2016)
The Origins of the Black Middle Class in Hartford
Barbara J. Beeching - Author

Describes in rich detail African American daily life among free blacks in the North in the 1860s.
Based on a treasure trove of more than two hundred personal letters written in the 1860s, Hopes and Expectations tells the story of three young African Americans in the North. Living on Maryland’s eastern shore, schoolteacher Rebecca Primus sent “home weeklies” to her parents in Hartford and also corresponde...(Read More)
 
 
Respectability on Trial
Respectability on Trial (October 2016)
Sex Crimes in New York City, 1900-1918
Brian Donovan - Author

Recovers and chronicles the plights of ordinary New Yorkers that resonate with contemporary debates on rape and domestic violence.
Providing a front row seat at critical courtroom battles over seduction, pimping, rape, and sodomy in early twentieth-century New York City, Brian Donovan uses verbatim trial transcripts to understand the city’s history during the so-called “first sexual revolution.” By tracing the ...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Memory
Beyond Memory (September 2016)
Italian Protestants in Italy and America
Dennis Barone - Author

Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.
In Beyond Memory, Dennis Barone uncovers the richness and diversity of the Italian Protestant experience and places it in the context of migration and political and social life in both Italy and the United States. Italian Protestants have received scant attention in the fields of Italian American studies, religious studies, and immigration studies, and thr...(Read More)
 
 
Knickerbocker Commodore
Knickerbocker Commodore (September 2016)
The Life and Times of John Drake Sloat, 1781-1867
Bruce A. Castleman - Author

Explores the life and times of John Drake Sloat, the US Navy Pacific Squadron commander who occupied Monterey and declared the annexation of California at the beginning of the war with Mexico.
Knickerbocker Commodore chronicles the life of Rear Admiral John Drake Sloat, an important but understudied naval figure in US history. Born and raised by a slave-owning gentry family in New York’s Hudson Valley, Sloat moved ...(Read More)
 
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