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Jefferson's Body
A Corporeal Biography

What did Thomas Jefferson look like? How did he carry himself? Such questions, reasonable to ask as we look back on a person who lived in an era before photography, are the starting point for this boldly original new work. Maurizio Valsania considers all aspects of Jefferson’s complex conception of...

Valsania, Maurizio

Virginia Climate Fever
How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests

Climate disruption is often discussed on a global scale, affording many a degree of detachment from what is happening in their own backyards. Yet the consequences of global warming are of an increasingly acute and serious nature. In Virginia Climate Fever, environmental journalist Stephen Nash...

Nash, Stephen

The Law School at the University of Virginia
Architectural Expansion in the Realm of Thomas Jefferson

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterwork of Thomas Jefferson, the "Academical Village" at the heart of the University of Virginia has long attracted the attention of visitors and scholars alike. Yet today Jefferson’s original structures make up only a small fraction of a campus comprising...

Herrington, Philip Mills

The Key to the Door
Experiences of Early African American Students at the University of Virginia

The Key to the Door frames and highlights the stories of some of the first black students at the University of Virginia. This inspiring account of resilience and transformation offers a diversity of experiences and perspectives through first-person narratives of black students during the...

Apprey, Maurice, Poe, Shelli M.

Guide to the Geology and Natural History of the Blue Ridge Mountains

As you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Appalachian Trail, or visit the national and state parks scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will encounter an incredible variety of natural landscapes, microclimates, and fascinating rock formations. Over millions of years the...

Spencer, Edgar W.

The Uplift Generation
Cooperation across the Color Line in Early Twentieth-Century Virginia

Offering a fresh look at interracial cooperation in the formative years of Jim Crow, The Uplift Generation examines how segregation was molded, not by Virginia’s white political power structure alone but rather through the work of a generation of Virginian reformers across the color line who from...

Brooks, Clayton McClure

Daydreams and Nightmares
A Virginia Family Faces Secession and War

The decision of the eventual Confederate states to secede from the Union set in motion perhaps the most dramatic chapter in American history, and one that has typically been told on a grand scale. In Daydreams and Nightmares, however, historian Brent Tarter shares the story of one Virginia family...

Tarter, Brent

Lincoln's Dilemma
Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era

The Civil War forced America finally to confront the contradiction between its founding values and human slavery. At the center of this historic confrontation was Abraham Lincoln. By the time this Illinois politician had risen to the office of president, the dilemma of slavery had expanded to the...

Escott, Paul D.

Satan and Salem
The Witch-Hunt Crisis of 1692

The result of a perfect storm of factors that culminated in a great moral catastrophe, the Salem witch trials of 1692 took a breathtaking toll on the young English colony of Massachusetts. Over 150 people were imprisoned, and nineteen men and women, including a minister, were executed by hanging....

Ray, Benjamin C.

Biography of a Tenement House in New York City
An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street

"I trace my ancestry back to the Mayflower," writes Andrew S. Dolkart. "Not to the legendary ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, but to the more prosaic tenement on the southeast corner of East Broadway and Clinton Street named the Mayflower, where my father was born...

Dolkart, Andrew S.

"Esteemed Bookes of Lawe" and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia

Virginia men of law constituted one of the first learned professions in colonial America, and Virginia legal culture had an important and lasting impact on American political institutions and jurisprudence. Exploring the book collections of these Virginians therefore offers insight into the history...

Billings, Warren M., Tarter, Brent

Buildings of Wisconsin

From Milwaukee to Madison, Racine to Eau Claire, La Crosse to Sheboygan, and scores of places in between, tradition and progressivism have shaped Wisconsin's architectural landscape. This latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians' Buildings of the United States series showcases...

Weisiger, Marsha

Preserving the Desert
A History of Joshua Tree National Park

National parks are different from other federal lands in the United States. Beginning in 1872 with the establishment of Yellowstone, they were largely set aside to preserve for future generations the most spectacular and inspirational features of the country, seeking the best representative...

Dilsaver, Lary M.

Challenge of the Big Trees
The Updated History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Beginning in 1872 with the establishment of Yellowstone, national parks were set aside to preserve for future generations the most spectacular and inspirational features of the country. The best representative examples were sought out of major ecosystems, such as Yosemite, geologic forms, such as...

Tweed, William C., Dilsaver, Lary M.

Best New Poets 2016
50 Poems from Emerging Writers

Entering its eleventh year, Best New Poets has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems...

Szybist, Mary

Foreign Trends in American Gardens
A History of Exchange, Adaptation, and Reception

Foreign Trends in American Gardens addresses the influence of foreign, designed landscapes on the development of their American counterparts. Including essays from an array of significant scholars in landscape studies, this collection examines topics ranging from the importation of Western and...

Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella

Giant's Causeway
Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary

In 1845, seven years after fleeing bondage in Maryland, Frederick Douglass was in his late twenties and already a celebrated lecturer across the northern United States. The recent publication of his groundbreaking Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave had incited threats to...

Chaffin, Tom

"The Best Read Naturalist"
Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in American nature writing, yet until now readers have had no book devoted to this central theme in his work. "The Best Read Naturalist" fills this lacuna, placing several of Emerson’s lesser-known pieces of nature writing in conversation...

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Branch, Michael P., Mohs, Clinton

Boston Furniture, 1700-1900

New Perspectives on Boston Furniture gathers together nineteen essays first delivered at the Winterthur Museum’s 2013 Furniture Forum. It amply illustrates how research concerning one of America’s most productive centers of furniture-making has diversified in the forty years since the Colonial...

Jobe, Brock, Ward, Gerald W. R.

Intelligent Infrastructure
Zip Cars, Invisible Networks, and Urban Transformation

While many of its traditional elements, such as roads and utilities, do not change, urban infrastructure is undergoing a fascinating and necessary transformation in the wake of new information and communication technologies. This volume brings together many of the most important new voices in the...

Tierney, T. F.

Blood from the Sky
Miracles and Politics in the Early American Republic

In the decades following the Revolution, the supernatural exploded across the American landscape—fabulous reports of healings, exorcisms, magic, and angels crossed the nation. Under First Amendment protections, new sects based on such miracles proliferated. At the same time, Enlightenment...

Jortner, Adam

Apostles of Disunion
Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

Charles Dew’s Apostles of Disunion has established itself as a modern classic and an indispensable account of the Southern states’ secession from the Union. Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century and a half after the Civil War, the book...

Dew, Charles B.