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There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the Natural History Museum in Washington, and on December 7, author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley and photographer Susan Austin Roth will be at the museum to sign copies of their new book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild Wooded Heart of Washington D.C. A few days later, on December 11, Choukas-Bradley and Roth will give a presentation on the book at the Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society.

When a theme of University Press Week turned out to be “collaboration,” we naturally thought of Chasing Shadows, a publication that originated in the research done at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and would go on to involve not only the print side of the UVa Press but its electronic imprint, Rotunda.

The Emancipation Proclamation strikes us now as not only necessary but one of the most inevitable acts in American history. In his new book, Lincoln's Dilemma: Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era, historian Paul Escott shows that emancipation was no foregone conclusion and was a balancing act among many interests. In other words, it was politics. Professor Escott agreed to answer a few questions about this pivotal chapter in American history

We are remembering Bernard Mayes, who passed away on October 23 at the age of 85 after one of the most engaged lives imaginable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, on October 19, 1864, a band of Confederate raiders attacked the small Vermont town of St. Albans in Franklin County. To mark the anniversary, we're pleased to post the historic overview of the city and its architecture, together with one of the associated building entries, drawn from the award-winning Buildings of Vermont volume by Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson and from SAH Archipedia.

James Salter, one of the last men standing from the grand postwar era of American novelists, is the first Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. What this means for fiction fans in the Charlottesville area is three opportunities in October to see Salter speak on the craft of writing. The first lecture will be Thursday, October 9.

The 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighy House, one of the famed architect's few works in Virginia, will be celebrated at Woodlawn Mansion in Alexandria on Sunday, September 28. Steven Reiss, author of the new Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighy House, will read from the book and answer questions.

President Lincoln had to move deftly even within his own party to formulate, and finally push through, his Emancipation Proclamation. Salon is featuring an excerpt from Paul Escott's new book, Lincoln's Dilemma, that provides an inside look at the fascinating political maneuverings

Lynn Rainville, author of Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia, has upcoming talks at the Nelson County Heritage Center (September 21, details here) and at the Scottsville Historical Society and Museum (September 27, details TBA). An entire schedule of events may be found at her web site.

In a decade often accused of being anticlimactic, Watergate was the Seventies' uncontested contribution to milestone history. There is nothing small, ephemeral, or, heaven knows, anticlimactic about the scandal that brought down President Nixon—and, with him, a whole post-war era of politics. This was high tragedy.

On this, the fortieth anniversary of the historic resignation, there is much chatter about those days. Some commentators attempt to place Nixon's entire administration into a broad (you might say massive) historical context; others seek to titillate by exposing Nixon's seemingly endless moments of pettiness and paranoia. With Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate, Ken Hughes, whom Bob Woodward calls "one of America's foremost experts on secret presidential recordings," turns to the White House tapes to offer a clear narrative about the pattern of covert activity that not only brought Nixon down but which reveals something essential about his character and why his acts still resonate so strongly.

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