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Michael Gold
Michael Gold (December 2020)
The People's Writer
Patrick Chura - Author

An authoritative biography of the dean of American proletarian writers during the interwar years.

Jewish American Communist writer and cultural figure Michael Gold (1893–1967) was a key progressive author of his generation, yet today his work is too often forgotten. A novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, journalist, and editor, Gold was the leading advocate of leftist, proletaria...(Read More)
 
 
The Hebrew Orient
The Hebrew Orient (December 2020)
Palestine in Jewish American Visual Culture, 1901-1938
Jessica L. Carr - Author

Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American identity.

In the decades before the establishment of the State of Israel, striking images of Palestine circulated widely among Jewish Americans. These images visualized “the Orient” for American viewers, creating the possibility for Jewish Americans to understand themselves through imagining “Oriental” counterp...(Read More)
 
 
Angel on a Freight Train
Angel on a Freight Train (September 2020)
A Story of Faith and Queer Desire in Nineteenth-Century America
Peter C. Baldwin - Author

The story of a nineteenth-century New Yorker’s struggle to reconcile his same-sex erotic desires with his commitment to a Christian life.

Angel on a Freight Train examines the experiences of Samuel Edward Warren (1831–1909), a teacher and college professor in Troy, New York, who struggled to reconcile his same-sex erotic desires with his commitment to a Christian life. Unli...(Read More)
 
 
Freedom in Laughter
Freedom in Laughter (August 2020)
Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, and the Civil Rights Movement
Malcolm Frierson - Author

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin' circuit to the mainstream.

In this groundbreaking book, Malcolm Frierson moves comedy from the margins to the center of the American Civil Rights Movement. Freedom in Laughter reveals how stand-up comedians Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby used their increasing mainstream success to advance pol...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Presidential Impeachment
The Politics of Presidential Impeachment (August 2020)
Daniel P. Franklin - Author
Stanley M. Caress - Author
Robert M. Sanders - Author
Cole D. Taratoot - Author

Argues that impeachment may no longer be an effective check on overreach by American presidents.

The Politics of Presidential Impeachment takes a distinctive and fresh look at the impeachment provision of the US Constitution. Instead of studying it from a legal-constitutional perspective, the authors use a social science approach incorporating extensive case studies and qua...(Read More)
 
 
What Remains
What Remains (June 2020)
The Suitcases of Charles F. at Willard State Hospital
Ilan Stavans - Essay by
Jon Crispin - Photographer

Combining photography and essay, presents a speculative portrait of a Jewish immigrant living out the end of his days in New York’s midcentury mental health system.

After the closure of Willard Psychiatric Center on New York’s Seneca Lake in 1995, more than four hundred abandoned suitcases were discovered in its attic, containing thousands of personal possessions belonging to former patients. Three of the suitcases w...(Read More)
 
 
The Historical Mind
The Historical Mind (May 2020)
Humanistic Renewal in a Post-Constitutional Age
Justin D. Garrison - Editor
Ryan R. Holston - Editor

Timely and provocative assessment of various cultural, moral, and political problems in “post-constitutional” America.

America is increasingly defined not only by routine disregard for its fundamental laws, but also by the decadent character of its political leaders and citizens—widespread consumerism and self-indulgent behavior, cultural hedonism and anarchy, the coarsening of moral and political discourse, an...(Read More)
 
 
Black Cultural Mythology
Black Cultural Mythology (April 2020)
Christel N. Temple - Author

Offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies.

Black Cultural Mythology retrieves the concept of “mythology” from its Black Arts Movement origins and broadens its scope to illuminate the relationship between legacies of heroic survival, cultural memory, and creative production in the African diaspora. Christel N. Temple comprehensively ...(Read More)
 
 
The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939
The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939 (December 2019)
Michael Hammond - Author

Assesses how America’s film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.

This is the definitive account of how America’s film industry remembered and reimagined World War I from the Armistice in 1918 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Based on detailed archival research, Michael Hammond shows how the war and the sociocultural changes it brought made their way into cinematic stories and images. H...(Read More)
 
 
Reconciling Nature
Reconciling Nature (November 2019)
Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945
Robert M. Myers - Author

Reveals how classic American novels embodied the tensions embedded in American views of the natural world from the Centennial until the end of the Second World War.

Reconciling Nature maps the complex views of the environment that are evident in celebrated American novels written between the Centennial Celebration of 1876 and the end of the Second World War. During this per...(Read More)
 
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