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Adriaen van der Donck
Adriaen van der Donck (April 2018)
A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America
J. van den Hout - Author

The first comprehensive biography of an important yet understudied figure in the Dutch colony of New Netherland.

This book tells the compelling story of the young legal activist Adriaen van der Donck (1618–1655), whose fight to secure the struggling Dutch colony of New Netherland made him a controversial but pivotal figure in early America. At best, he has been labeled a hero, a visionary, and a spokesman of the people. A...(Read More)
 
 
Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010
Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010 (February 2018)
Robert C. Smith - Author

Combines history and biography to interpret the last half century of black politics in America as represented in the life and work of a pivotal African American public intellectual.

From his leadership of the first modern lunch counter sit-ins at age twenty to his work on African American reparations at the time of his death at age seventy-two, Ronald W. Walters (1938–2010) was at the cutting edge of African American pol...(Read More)
 
 
Sabina Spielrein
Sabina Spielrein (August 2017)
The Woman and the Myth
Angela M. Sells - Author

Explores the life and work of psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein through a feminist and mytho-poetic lens.

Long stigmatized as Carl Jung’s hysterical mistress, Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942) was in fact a key figure in the history of psychoanalytic thought. Born into a Russian Jewish family, she was institutionalized at nineteen in Zurich and became Jung’s patient. Spielrein went on to earn a doctora...(Read More)
 
 
Diasporic Blackness
Diasporic Blackness (April 2017)
The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
Vanessa K. Valdés - Author

Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad.

A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He was an autodidact who matched wits with university-educated men and wo...(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, Herbe...(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)
 
 
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities (June 2016)
The Biopic and American National Identity
William H. Epstein - Editor
R. Barton Palmer - Editor

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

Biopics—films that chronicle the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history—have long been one of Hollywood’s most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. Invented Lives, Imagined Communities provides the f...(Read More)
 
 
Beirut on the Bayou
Beirut on the Bayou (March 2016)
Alfred Nicola, Louisiana, and the Making of Modern Lebanon
Raif Shwayri - Author

Weaves a people’s history of Lebanon with the personal storytelling of a family saga.

Raif Shwayri begins his family’s story with his grandfather Habib Shwayri’s arrival at Ellis Island in 1902. Having left Beirut, then a harbor city on the Syrian coast of the Ottoman Empire, only weeks before, he took the name Alfred Nicola and made his way to relatives in New Orleans. There, he began peddling...(Read More)
 
 
A Most Glorious Ride
A Most Glorious Ride (April 2015)
The Diaries of Theodore Roosevelt, 1877-1886
Edward P. Kohn - Editor

FINALIST 2015 ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the History Category

Encompasses key years and important events in Theodore Roosevelt’s early life and career.


A Most Glorious Ride presents the complete diaries of Theodore Roosevelt from 1877 to 1886. Covering the formativ...(Read More)
 
 
Creating a College That Works
Creating a College That Works (March 2015)
Audrey Cohen and Metropolitan College of New York
Grace G. Roosevelt - Author

Examines the life of education activist Audrey Cohen and her founding of Metropolitan College of New York.

In 1964 educational activist Audrey Cohen and her colleagues developed a unique curricular structure that enables urban college students to integrate their academic studies with meaningful work in community settings. Creating a College That Works chronicles Cohen’s efforts to create an innovative...(Read More)
 
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