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Evergreen Ash
Ecology and Catastrophe in Old Norse Myth and Literature

Norse mythology is obsessed with the idea of an onrushing and unstoppable apocalypse: Ragnarok, when the whole of creation will perish in fire, smoke, and darkness and the earth will no longer support the life it once nurtured. Most of the Old Norse texts that preserve the myths of Ragnarok...

Abram, Christopher


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The Log Cabin
An American Icon

For roughly a century, the log cabin occupied a central and indispensable role in the rapidly growing United States. Although it largely disappeared as a living space, it lived on as a symbol of the settling of the nation. In her thought-provoking and generously illustrated new book, Alison...

Hoagland, Alison K.


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We Face the Dawn
Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

The decisive victories in the fight for racial equality in America were not easily won, much less inevitable; they were achieved through carefully conceived strategy and the work of tireless individuals dedicated to this most urgent struggle. In We Face the Dawn, Margaret Edds tells the gripping...

Edds, Margaret


Race
The American Cauldron

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year also offers opportunities that may never come again. The First Year Project is a fascinating initiative by the Miller Center...

Blackmon, Douglas A.


Immigration
Struggling over Borders

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year also offers opportunities that may never come again. The First Year Project is a fascinating initiative by the Miller Center...

Milkis, Sidney M., Leblang, David


Communication
Getting the Message Across

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year also offers opportunities that may never come again. The First Year Project is a fascinating initiative by the Miller Center...

Hemmer, Nicole


Broken Government
Bridging the Partisan Divide

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year also offers opportunities that may never come again. The First Year Project is a fascinating initiative by the Miller Center...

Antholis, William J., Sabato, Larry J.


American Dreams
Opportunity and Upward Mobility

In an increasingly polarized political environment, the first year of the new president’s term will be especially challenging. With a fresh mandate, however, the first year also offers opportunities that may never come again. The First Year Project is a fascinating initiative by the Miller Center...

McKee, Guian, Lopez-Gottardi Chao, Cristina


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The Collected Essays of Josephine J. Turpin Washington
A Black Reformer in the Post-Reconstruction South

Newspaper journalist, teacher, and social reformer, Josephine J. Turpin Washington led a life of intense engagement with the issues facing African American society in the post-Reconstruction era. This volume recovers numerous essays, many of them unavailable to the general public until now, and...

Washington, Josephine Turpin, Dandridge, Rita B.


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Trump
The First Two Years

On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency, Michael Nelson, one of our finest and most objective presidential scholars, published Trump’s First Year, a nonpartisan assessment that was widely hailed as the best account of one of the most unusual years in presidential history. At the...

Nelson, Michael


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Peacebuilding through Dialogue
Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution

This volume examines the many dimensions of dialogue as a key driver of peaceful personal and social change. While most people agree on the value of dialogue, few delve into its meaning or consider its full range. The essays collected here consider dialogue in the context of teaching and learning,...

Stearns, Peter N.


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The Papers of George Washington
13 May–4 July 1780

With volume 26 of the Revolutionary War Series, Gen. George Washington and his troops transition from the more static affairs of winter encampment to active operations that would include two battles against the British. Throughout the volume, logistics and recruiting dominate Washington’s...

Washington, George, Huggins, Benjamin L., Garbooshian-Huggins, Adrina


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Greening the City
Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century

The modern city is not only pavement and concrete. Parks, gardens, trees, and other plants are an integral part of the urban environment. Often the focal points of social movements and political interests, green spaces represent far more than simply an effort to balance the man-made with the...

Brantz, Dorothee, Dümpelmann, Sonja


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Patriotism and Piety
Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation

In Patriotism and Piety, Jonathan Den Hartog argues that the question of how religion would function in American society was decided in the decades after the Constitution and First Amendment established a legal framework. Den Hartog shows that among the wide array of politicians and public figures...

Den Hartog, Jonathan J.


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Beyond 1776
Globalizing the Cultures of the American Revolution

In Beyond 1776, ten humanities scholars consider the American Revolution within a global framework. The foundation of the United States was deeply enmeshed with shifting alliances and multiple actors, with politics saturated by imaginative literature, and with ostensible bilateral negotiations that...

O'Malley, Maria, Van Renen, Denys


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Darwin's Fox and My Coyote

A rare fox in the South American cordillera. A disappearing fox on an island off California. A common coyote in the Albany suburbs. How do these wild carnivores live? And what is it about the places they live that allows them to survive? Holly Menino joins up with three young scientists to find out...

Menino, Holly


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Word, Like Fire
Maria Stewart, the Bible, and the Rights of African Americans

Maria Stewart is believed by many to have been the first American woman of any race to give public political speeches. In Word, Like Fire, Valerie C. Cooper argues that the religious, political, and social threads of Maria Stewart's thought are tightly interwoven, such that focusing narrowly on any...

Cooper, Valerie C.


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Women Fight, Women Write
Texts on the Algerian War

Today, the "fight to write"—the struggle to become the legitimate chronicler of one’s own story—is being waged and won by women across mediums and borders. But such battles of authorship extend well beyond a single cultural moment. In her gripping study of unsung female narratives of the Algerian...

Mortimer, Mildred


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Parting Words
Victorian Poetry and Public Address

Valedictory addresses offer a way to conceptualize the relation of self to others, private to public, ephemeral to eternal. Whether deathbed pronouncements, political capitulations, or seafaring farewells, "parting words" played a crucial role in the social imagination of Victorian writing. In this...

Sider, Justin A.


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Reading Contagion
The Hazards of Reading in the Age of Print

Eighteenth-century British culture was transfixed by the threat of contagion, believing that everyday elements of the surrounding world could transmit deadly maladies from one body to the next. Physicians and medical writers warned of noxious matter circulating through air, bodily fluids, paper,...

Mann, Annika


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Stewards of Memory
The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, despite its importance as the estate of George Washington, is subject to the same threats of time as any property and has required considerable resources and organization to endure as a historic site and house. This book provides a window into the broad scope of preservation work...

Cadou, Carol Borchert


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Indoor America
The Interior Landscape of Postwar Suburbia

Cars, single-family houses, fallout shelters, air-conditioned malls—these are only some of the many interiors making up the landscape of American suburbia. Indoor America explores the history of suburbanization through the emergence of such spaces in the postwar years, examining their design, use,...

Vesentini, Andrea


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Edwidge Danticat
The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary

Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat is one of the most recognized writers today. Her debut novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was an Oprah Book Club selection, and works such as Krik? Krak! and Brother, I’m Dying have earned her a MacArthur "genius" grant and National Book Award nominations. Yet...

Clitandre, Nadège T.


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Shaping the Postwar Landscape
New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project

Shaping the Postwar Landscape is the latest contribution to the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s well-known reference project, Pioneers of American Landscape Design, the first volume of which appeared nearly a quarter of a century ago. The present collection features profiles of seventy-two...

Birnbaum, Charles A., Craver, Scott


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In the Red and in the Black
Debt, Dishonor, and the Law in France between Revolutions

"The most dishonorable act that can dishonor a man." Such is Félix Grandet’s unsparing view of bankruptcy, adding that even a highway robber—who at least "risks his own life in attacking you"—is worthier of respect. Indeed, the France of Balzac’s day was an unforgiving place for borrowers. Each...

Vause, Erika