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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

"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.

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

An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility

"Trustbuilding, using personal narrative and exhaustive reporting by Rob Corcoran, chronicles how Hope in the Cities has moved what looked like an immoveable barricade. The job is not done, but Hope in the Cities has provided a map for the future."—from the foreword by Governor Tim Kaine The...

Corcoran, Rob

Mathilde Blind
Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters

With Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters, James Diedrick offers a groundbreaking critical biography of the German-born British poet Mathilde Blind (1841–1896), a freethinking radical feminist. Born to politically radical parents, Blind had, by the time she was thirty,...

Diedrick, James

Pulpit and Nation
Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America

In Pulpit and Nation, Spencer McBride highlights the importance of Protestant clergymen in early American political culture, elucidating the actual role of religion in the founding era. Beginning with colonial precedents for clerical involvement in politics and concluding with false rumors of...

McBride, Spencer W.

Democracy's Muse
How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead

In political speech, Thomas Jefferson is the eternal flame. No other member of the founding generation has served the agendas of both Left and Right with greater vigor. When Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the iconic Jefferson Memorial on the founder’s two hundredth birthday, in 1943, he declared the...

Burstein, Andrew

The First Republican Army
The Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War

Although much is known about the political stance of the military at large during the Civil War, the political party affiliations of individual soldiers have received little attention. Drawing on archival sources from twenty-five generals and 250 volunteer officers and enlisted men, John Matsui...

Matsui, John H.

Citizens of Convenience
The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border

Like merchant ships flying flags of convenience to navigate foreign waters, traders in the northern borderlands of the early American republic exploited loopholes in the Jay Treaty that allowed them to avoid border regulations by constantly shifting between British and American nationality. In...

Hatter, Lawrence B. A.

Easy On, Easy Off
The Urban Pathology of America's Small Towns

Life outside our nation’s big cities comprises a remarkably rich aspect of America—culturally, historically, and physically. Because of the way we move through the country, however—on roads built for maximum expediency—most of us are rarely if ever exposed to these small communities, a trend that...

Williams, Jack

Fatal Politics
The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of Reelection

In his widely acclaimed Chasing Shadows ("the best account yet of Nixon’s devious interference with Lyndon Johnson’s 1968 Vietnam War negotiations"-- Washington Post), Ken Hughes revealed the roots of the covert activity that culminated in Watergate. In Fatal Politics, Hughes turns to the final...

Hughes, Ken