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After Virginia Tech
Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

In what has become the era of the mass shooting, we are routinely taken to scenes of terrible violence. Often neglected, however, is the long aftermath, including the efforts to effect change in the wake of such tragedies. On April 16, 2007, thirty-two Virginia Tech students and professors were...

Kapsidelis, Thomas P.


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American Abolitionism
Its Direct Political Impact from Colonial Times into Reconstruction

This ambitious book provides the only systematic examination of the American abolition movement’s direct impacts on antislavery politics from colonial times to the Civil War and after. As opposed to indirect methods such as propaganda, sermons, and speeches at protest meetings, Stanley Harrold...

Harrold, Stanley


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Novel Cultivations
Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century

Nineteenth-century English nature was a place of experimentation, exoticism, and transgression, as site and emblem of the global exchanges of the British Empire. Popular attitudes toward the transplantation of exotic species—botanical and human—to Victorian greenhouses and cities found anxious...

Chang, Elizabeth Hope


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Four Fools in the Age of Reason
Laughter, Cruelty, and Power in Early Modern Germany

Unveiling the nearly lost world of the court fools of eighteenth-century Germany, Dorinda Outram shows that laughter was an essential instrument of power. Whether jovial or cruel, mirth altered social and political relations. Outram takes us first to the court of Frederick William I of Prussia, who...

Outram, Dorinda


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The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic
Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso

In The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic, Andrea Moudarres examines influential works from the literary canon of the Italian Renaissance, arguing that hostility consistently arises from within political or religious entities. In Dante’s Divina Commedia, Luigi Pulci’s Morgante, Ludovico Ariosto’s...

Moudarres, Andrea


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Advertising the Self in Renaissance France
Lemaire, Marot, and Rabelais

Advertising the Self in Renaissance France explores how authors and readers are represented in printed editions of three major literary figures: Jean Lemaire de Belges, Clément Marot, and François Rabelais. Print culture is marked by an anxiety of reception that became much more pronounced with...

Francis, Scott


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Preserving the White Man's Republic
Jacksonian Democracy, Race, and the Transformation of American Conservatism

In Preserving the White Man’s Republic, Joshua Lynn reveals how the national Democratic Party rebranded majoritarian democracy and liberal individualism as conservative means for white men in the South and North to preserve their mastery on the eve of the Civil War. Responding to fears of African...

Lynn, Joshua A.


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Gettysburg Contested
150 Years of Preserving America's Cherished Landscapes

After the American Revolution, sites representing key events in American history were crucial to the young nation's efforts to formalize its story. Following the Civil War, national history became a primary vehicle for patriotic and spiritual reconstruction, and sites such as historic battlefields...

Black, Brian


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A New Continent of Liberty
Eunomia in Native American Literature from Occom to Erdrich

Beginning with the writings of Samson Occom, and extending through a range of fiction and nonfiction works by William Apess, Sarah Winnemucca, Zitkala-Ša, N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, and Louise Erdrich, Geoff Hamilton sketches a movement of gradual but resolute ascent in Native American...

Hamilton, Geoff


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The Road to Charleston
Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution

In The Road to Guilford Courthouse, one of the most acclaimed military histories of the Revolutionary War ever written, John Buchanan explored the first half of the critical Southern Campaign and introduced readers to its brilliant architect, Major General Nathanael Greene. In this long-awaited...

Buchanan, John


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Quantitative Methods in the Humanities
An Introduction

This timely and lucid guide is intended for students and scholars working on all historical periods and topics in the humanities and social sciences--especially for those who do not think of themselves as experts in quantification, "big data," or "digital humanities." The authors reveal...

Lemercier, Claire, Zalc, Claire


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Terrible Beauty
The Violent Aesthetic and Twentieth-Century Literature

If art is our bid to make sense of the senseless, there is hardly more fertile creative ground than that of the twentieth century. From the trench poetry of World War I and Holocaust memoirs by Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel to the post-colonial novels of southern Asia and the anti-apartheid plays of...

Eide, Marian


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Twice-Divided Nation
National Memory, Transatlantic News, and American Literature in the Civil War Era

The first thoroughly interdisciplinary study to examine how the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Britain helped shape the conflicts between North and South in the decade before the American Civil War, Twice-Divided Nation addresses that influence primarily as a problem of...

Graber, Samuel


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Best New Poets 2018
50 Poems from Emerging Writers

"[A] reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to grow."-- Publishers Weekly "This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets themselves, which results in an...

Dargan, Kyle


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George Washington and Native Americans
"Learn Our Arts and Ways of Life"

George Washington had contact with Native Americans throughout most of his life. His first encounter as a teenager left him with the impression that they were nothing more than an "ignorant people." As a young man he fought both alongside and against Native Americans during the French and Indian...

Harless, Richard


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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


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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.


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


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


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.


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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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