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Executing the Constitution
Executing the Constitution (July 2006)
Putting the President Back into the Constitution
Christopher S. Kelley - Editor

Draws attention to how American presidents have creatively interpreted the Constitution to expand the power of the executive branch.

Over the last thirty years, a great deal of attention has been paid to executive branch interpretation of the Constitution. Executing the Constitution focuses on the creative interpretation of constitutional powers to either expand executive branch policymaking or to shield its ...(Read More)
 
 
The Transformation of Plantation Politics
The Transformation of Plantation Politics (July 2006)
Black Politics, Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta
Sharon D. Wright Austin - Author

Examines the political and economic changes of recent decades in the Mississippi Delta.

The Transformation of Plantation Politics explores the effects of black political exclusion, the sharecropping system, and white resistance on the Mississippi Delta’s current economic and political situation. Sharon D. Wright Austin’s extensive interviews with residents of the region shed light on the transforma...(Read More)
 
 
The Italian American Experience in New Haven
The Italian American Experience in New Haven (July 2006)
Images and Oral Histories
Anthony V. Riccio - Author
Mary Ann McDonald Carolan - Foreword by
Philip Langdon - Afterword

A compelling social history of a vibrant immigrant community, told through interviews and photographs.

“This volume describes, both in words and in images, the physical, emotional, and spiritual sensibilities of the Italian immigrant. These stories, like the photographs that accompany them, are a fundamental part of our individual and collective experience as a nation.” — from the Foreword by Mary ...(Read More)
 
 
The Body and the State
The Body and the State (February 2006)
Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence
Cary Federman - Author

Traces the history of the writ of habeas corpus and its influence on federal-state relations.

The writ of habeas corpus is the principal means by which state prisoners, many on death row, attack the constitutionality of their conviction in federal courts. In The Body and the State, Cary Federman contends that habeas corpus is more than just a get-out-of-jail-free card—it gives death row inmates a...(Read More)

 
 
Eye on Israel
Eye on Israel (February 2006)
How America Came to View Israel as an Ally
Michelle Mart - Author

Examines the image of Israel in American culture before 1960.

Eye on Israel shows how the seeds of contemporary U.S.-Israeli relations were sown in the cultural narratives of the late 1940s and 1950s, long before American policymakers formed a close political and strategic relationship with Israel. Michelle Mart brings together diverse areas of history and examines the cultural antecedents of this much-h...(Read More)
 
 
In the Name of Terrorism
In the Name of Terrorism (October 2005)
Presidents on Political Violence in the Post-World War II Era
Carol K. Winkler - Author

2008 Outstanding Book Award, presented by the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association

Traces the shifts in presidential discourse on terrorism since World War II.

The topic of terrorism has evolved into an ideological marker of American culture, one that has fundamentally altered the relationship between the three branches of government, between the governme...(Read More)
 
 
Defining NASA
Defining NASA (May 2005)
The Historical Debate over the Agency's Mission
W. D. Kay - Author

Examines the politics behind the funding of NASA.

Most observers would point to the 1969 Apollo moon landing as the single greatest accomplishment of NASA, yet prominent scientists, engineers, and public officials were questioning the purpose of the U.S. space program, even at the height of its national popularity. Defining NASA looks at the turbulent history of the space agency and the political controversies ...(Read More)
 
 
Hospital Transports
Hospital Transports (May 2005)
A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in the Summer of 1862
Laura L. Behling - Edited and with an introduction by

Details the reactions of men and women serving aboard a hospital transport ship during the American Civil War.

The care of the sick, wounded, and dying during the American Civil War was a complex endeavor that brought ordinary men and women into contact with the terror of the battlefield. Hospital Transports is a compilation of letters and other papers written by physicians and nurses serving aboard the Union h...(Read More)
 
 
The Other New York
The Other New York (March 2005)
The American Revolution beyond New York City, 1763-1787
Joseph S. Tiedemann - Editor
Eugene R. Fingerhut - Editor

Essays exploring rural New York during the American Revolution.

The Other New York provides the first comprehensive look at New York State's rural areas during the American Revolution. This county-by-county survey of the regions outside of New York City describes the social and cultural conditions on the eve of the Revolution and details the events leading up to the conflict, the battles and campaigns fought wi...(Read More)
 
 
The First Presidential Communications Agency
The First Presidential Communications Agency (February 2005)
FDR's Office of Government Reports
Mordecai Lee - Author

The history of FDR's Office of Government Reports.

This book explores a forgotten chapter in modern U.S. history: the false dawn of the communications age in American politics. The Office of Government Reports (OGR) was created in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but after World War II Congress refused President Truman's request to continue funding it. OGR proved to be ahead of its time, a predecessor to the n...(Read More)
 
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