Marci A. HamiltonGod vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty (2nd Edition)

June 7, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Law] The constitution guarantees Americans freedom of religious practice and freedom from government interference in the same same. But what does religious liberty mean in practice? Does it mean that the government must permit any religious practice, even one that’s nominally illegal? Clearly not. You can’t shoot someone even if God [...]

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Amy StambachConfucius and Crisis in American Universities: Culture, Capital, and Diplomacy in U.S. Public Higher Education

June 6, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Education] Dr. Amy Stambach is the author of Confucius and Crisis in American Universities: Culture, Capital, and Diplomacy in U.S. Public Higher Education (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Stambach is a lecturer in Comparative and International Education at University of Oxford. Dr. Stambach’s book, a part of the Education in Global Contextseries, offers an ethnographic look at [...]

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David WilliamsI Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era

June 5, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] Lincoln was very clear–at least in public–that the Civil War was not fought over slavery: it was, he said, for the preservation of the Union first and foremost. So it’s not surprising that when the conflict started he had no firm plan to emancipate the slaves in the borderland or [...]

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Mark PradoLiving Colour: Beyond the Cult of Personality

June 3, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Music] The New York-based rock band Living Colour exploded into national consciousness in 1988 after their video for the thunderous “Cult of Personality” went into heavy rotation on MTV. Their album, Vivid, broke into the Billboard Top Ten and sold more than two million copies.  A worldwide tour followed, which included Los Angeles [...]

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Jace WeaverThe Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927

June 3, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] For all the incisive work published in Native American and Indigenous studies over the past decades, troubling historical myths still circulate in both academic and popular discourse. One of the most persistent is how we tell the story of the Atlantic world as a set of unidirectional processes [...]

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Hans NoelPolitical Ideologies and Political Parties in America

June 2, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Hans Noel is the author of Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Noel is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown University. He is also the co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. To most casual observers of politics ideology and party affiliation are [...]

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Alison PearlmanSmart Casual: The Transformation of Gourmet Restaurant Style in America

May 29, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Food] When you imagine a gourmet experience, what comes to mind? An elegant restaurant, perhaps, with a single candle flickering at the center of a luminous white tablecloth? Maybe a quartet plays somewhere in the romantic distance, as the waiter slips a perfectly plated appetizer of escargot before you, and you [...]

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John HudakPresidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants

May 26, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] John Hudak is the author of Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants (Brookings Institute Press 2014). Hudak is a fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institution. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University. Hudak analyzes the often understudied side of presidential power: the power [...]

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Cornelia H. Dayton and Sharon V. SalingerRobert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston

May 21, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Law] In early America, the practice of “warning out” was unique to New England, a way for the community to regulate those who might fall into poverty and need assistance from the town or province. Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) is the first book about this [...]

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Christine KnauerLet Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights

May 20, 2014

Recent controversies over integrating the military have focused on issues of gender and sexuality. In the 1940s and 50s, however, the issue was racial integration. As Christine Knauer shows in her new book Let Us Fight as Free Men: Black Soldiers and Civil Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), the persistence of soldiers and activists of color forced [...]

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