The history of John Dewey’s leadership of the progressive People’s Lobby.
John Dewey (1859–1952) was a preeminent American philosopher who is remembered today as the founder of what is called child-centered or progressive education. In The Philosopher-Lobbyist, Mordecai Lee tells the largely forgotten story of Dewey’s effort to influence public opinion and promote democratic citizenship. Based on Dewe...(Read More)
Bringing Zion Home
Israel in American Jewish Culture, 1948–1967 Emily Alice Katz - Author
Demonstrates how American Jews used culture—art, dance, music, fashion, literature—to win the hearts and minds of postwar Americans to the cause of Israel. Bringing Zion Home examines the role of culture in the establishment of the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel in the immediate postwar decades. Many American Jews first encountered Israel through their roles as tastemakers,...(Read More)
An Irrepressible Conflict
The Empire State in the Civil War Robert Weible - Author Jennifer A. Lemak - Author Aaron Noble - Author Harold Holzer - Foreword by
Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War. An Irrepressible Conflict documents the pivotal role New York State played in our nation’s bloodiest and most enduring conflict. As the wealthiest and most populous state in the Union, the Empire State led all others in supplying men, money, and material to the causes of unity and freedom. New York’s experience provides significant insight into the...(Read More)
From the Virtuous Maiden to the Purity Princess J. Shoshanna Ehrlich - Author
Examines the organized efforts to reshape the law relating to young women’s sexuality in the United States.
Starting with the mid-nineteenth-century campaign by the American Female Moral Reform Society to criminalize seduction and moving forward to the late twentieth-century conservative effort to codify a national abstinence-only education policy, Regulating Desire explores the legal regulation of young women&rsquo...(Read More)
Explores the influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers.
This book reveals the rich, but generally unknown, influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. The translation of Persian poets such as Hafiz and Sa’di into English and the ongoing popularity of Omar Khayyam offered intriguing new spiritual perspectives to some of the major American literary figures. ...(Read More)
Politics, Greed, and the Making of Atlanta's Water Crisis Skye Borden - Author
Explores the evolution of Atlanta’s water system and charts the poor urban planning decisions that created the city’s current water shortage.
Atlanta is running out of water and is in the midst of a water crisis. Its crumbling infrastructure spews toxic waste and raw sewage into neighboring streams. A tri-state water war between Alabama, Florida, and Georgia has been raging since 1990, with Atlanta caught in the middl...(Read More)