Nathaniel MillettThe Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World

December 20, 2013

This is a very timely book, coming as it does in the midst of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 — the war that gave birth to the maroon community of Prospect Bluff, Florida. In his book The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World (UP of Florida, [...]

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Julia H. LeeInterracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in African and Asian American Literatures, 1896-1937

December 18, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Asian American Studies] Julia H. Lee is the author of Interracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in African and Asian American Literatures, 1896-1937 (New York University Press, 2011). Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Interracial Encounters investigates the overlapping of African American and Asian American literature. [...]

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Molly WorthenApostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

December 18, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Intellectual History] Molly Worthen, author most recently of Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, 2013), spoke with Ray Haberski about the ideas that moved a variety of evangelicals in America over the last seventy years.  Worthen argues that attentive observers of American evangelical history must contend [...]

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Kevin KerraneDollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting

December 13, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Culture] Kevin Kerrane‘s Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting (CreateSpace, 2013) represents the first major study of the history and practice of professional baseball scouting.  Based on Kerrane’s ethnographic research with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1981 season, the book provides an inside look at one of sports’ least understood [...]

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Julie BerebitskySex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power and Desire

December 11, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Gender Studies] How to research the history of sexual harassment in the office, when the term sexual harassment was only invented in 1975 and it was long tabou to even use the word sex in conversation? Using an array of rich sources — from Treasury Department archives to trial records, congressional [...]

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Brian Jay JonesJim Henson: The Biography

December 6, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Biography] In the field of children’s programming, few people- with the possible exception of Fred Rogers- are as beloved as Jim Henson, a contributor to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, but most famous for his creation of the Muppets. And yet, he’s remained an enigmatic figure in the years since his death. People [...]

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Emily MatcharHomeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

December 5, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Big Ideas] A couple of years ago I was living in a hip district of a university town in the Midwest. It had all the hip stuff you’d expect: a record store (and I mean record store), a big used bookstore, a greasy spoon, two dive bars, a coffee shop, and two restaurants [...]

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Guadalupe San Miguel Jr.Chicana/o Struggles for Education: Activism in the Community

December 2, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Guadalupe San Miguel Jr. is the author of Chicana/o Struggles for Education: Activism in the Community (Texas A&M Press 2013). He is professor of history at the University of Houston and previously published three books by Texas A&M Press on education and Mexican Americans. This book focuses on the period of 1960 [...]

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Glenn FeldmanThe Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944

November 25, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Glenn Feldman is the author of The Irony of the Solid South: Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944 (Alabama UP 2013). He is professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the author of eight other books. Feldman’s book is a deeply provocative analysis of southern politics and political history. [...]

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Kim TallBearNative American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science

November 23, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] Is genetic testing a new national obsession? From reality TV shows to the wild proliferation of home testing kits, there’s ample evidence it might just be. And among the most popular tests of all is for so-called “Native American DNA.” All of this rests upon some uninterrogated (and potentially destructive) assumptions [...]

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