Boyd CothranRemembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

December 9, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] If George Armstrong Custer had kept off of Greasy Grass that June day in 1875, Vine Deloria, Jr.’s manifesto might well have been called “Canby Died For Your Sins.” The highest ranking U.S. military official to be killed in the so-called “Indian Wars,” General Edward Canby’s death at [...]

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Cathy L. SchneiderPolice Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York

December 8, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Cathy L. Schneider is the author of Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). She is associate professor in the School of International Service at American University. Timeliness is not something that every scholarly book can claim, but Cathy Schneider has published a [...]

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Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper, eds.1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men

December 2, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Film] When television began to grow in popularity, broadcasters had to come up with programming to fill the day. Growing from the Flash Gordon movie serials, science fiction shows geared towards young people filled the air in the 1950s, affecting both entertainment and the consumer culture. The series were also major [...]

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Henry R. NauConservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Reagan, Truman, and Polk

November 28, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have raised important questions about the future direction of U.S. foreign policy and how Americans can best exercise power abroad in the coming years. Commentators have not shied away from offering advice. Some defend the record of the George W. Bush administration [...]

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Victor PickardAmerica’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform

November 25, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Technology] The media system in the United States could have developed into something very different than what it is today. In fact, there was an era in which significant media reform was considered. This was a time when media consumers were tired of constant advertising, bias, and control by corporate entities, and [...]

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Brian PurnellFighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn

November 25, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] Scholars interested in the history of the civil rights movement in the North will definitely be interested in Brian Purnell‘s new book, Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn (University Press of Kentucky, 2014). This case study of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Brooklyn joins one [...]

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Roundup on U.S. Immigration

November 24, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] With immigration in the news, it is worth revisiting some of the best New Books in Political Science podcasts on the subject for 2014. At the start of the summer, Benjamin Marquez brought to the podcast Democratizing Texas Politics: Race, Identity, and Mexican American Empowerment, 1945-2002 (University of Texas Press [...]

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Candis Watts SmithBlack Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity

November 18, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science]  Candis Watts Smith is the author of Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity (NYU Press, 2014). Watts Smith is assistant professor of political science at Williams College. How do Black immigrants in the US view their racial and ethnic identities? Do they identify with being Black, African American, or something [...]

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Rachel Clare Donaldson“I Hear America Singing”: Folk Music and National Identity

November 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Culture] The last few decades has seen a turn toward traditional forms of American music; call it Americana, alternative country, or a new folk revival.  In “I Hear America Singing”: Folk Music and National Identity (Temple University Press, 2014), Rachel Clare Donaldson, an independent scholar based in Baltimore, offers a history of [...]

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Steven ConnAmericans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century

November 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Urban Studies] Americans have a paradoxical relationship with cities, Steven Conn argues in his new book, Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2014).  Nearly three-quarters of the population lives near an urban center, the result of a centuries-old, global trend that reflects not just industrialization but the role [...]

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