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The Borscht Belt
Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 


"One winter I went with other teenagers to a convention at Grossinger's and remember my excitement at discovering the indoor swimming pool and the deep heat of their sauna. I recall that the whole place seemed to offer a wonderland of new experiences. I went to the convention again the next year, but I never went back after I left New York. There is a stark difference between my memory and the shell of a resort that exists today. But the past can be given form and detail by photography, and... cont'd



Unbuttoning America
A Biography of "Peyton Place"
Ardis Cameron
In this lively account of the writing, publication, and legacy of the 1956 bestselling novel, "Peyton Place," Ardis Cameron tells how the story of a patricide in a small New England village became a cultural...

Edward Kosner - Wall Street Journal

"Unbuttoning Americaboasts a sizzling cover of a busty '50s pinup girl resting a blue book on her sleek, gartered legs while flashing the reader a come-hither-quick look.... Cameronteasesout the book's significance as a bold exploration of sexual, political, gender and class questions rarely recognized in its time.For the general reader, the most rewarding parts of Cameron's book are her pages about Grace Metalious herself, the sources of her material, and her fervent fans. Cameron... cont'd



Shaping a City
Ithaca, New York, a Developer's Perspective
Mack Travis
Picture your downtown vacant, boarded up, while the malls surrounding your city are thriving. What would you do?In 1974 the politicians, merchants, community leaders, and business and property owners, of Ithaca, New York, joined together to transform main street into a pedestrian mall. Cornell University began an Industrial Research Park to...



The Rise and Decline of the American Century
William O. Walker
In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation’s leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even so, Luce had articulated an animating idea that, as William O. Walker III skillfully shows in The Rise and Decline of the American Century...



Our Frontier Is the World
The Boy Scouts in the Age of American Ascendancy
Mischa Honeck
Mischa Honeck’s Our Frontier Is the World is a provocative account of how the Boy Scouts echoed and enabled American global expansion in the twentieth century.The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has long been a standard bearer for national identity. The core values of the organization have, since its founding in 1910, shaped what it means to be an...



They Will Have Their Game
Sporting Culture and the Making of the Early American Republic
Kenneth Cohen
In They Will Have Their Game, Kenneth Cohen explores how sports, drinking, gambling, and theater produced a sense of democracy while also reinforcing racial, gender, and class divisions in early America. Pairing previously unexplored financial records with a wide range of published reports, unpublished correspondence, and material and visual...



I Am Not a Tractor!
How Florida Farmworkers Took On the Fast Food Giants and Won
Susan L. Marquis
I Am Not a Tractor! celebrates the courage, vision, and creativity of the farmworkers and community leaders who have transformed one of the worst agricultural situations in the United States into one of the best. Susan L. Marquis highlights past abuses workers suffered in Florida’s tomato fields: toxic pesticide exposure, beatings, sexual...



Singlewide
Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park
Sonya Salamon, Katherine MacTavish
In Singlewide, Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish explore the role of the trailer park as a source of affordable housing. America’s trailer parks, most in rural places, shelter an estimated 12 million people, and the authors show how these parks serve as a private solution to a pressing public need. Singlewide considers the circumstances of...



Rural Radicals
Righteous Rage in the American Grain
Catherine McNicol Stock
Through its history, populism has meant hope and progress, as well as hate and a desire to turn back the clock on American history. In her new preface, Catherine McNicol Stock provides an update and overview of the conservative face of rural America. She paints a comprehensive portrait of a long line of rural activists whose crusades against...



Whose Detroit?
Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City
Heather Ann Thompson
Heather Ann Thompson focuses in detail on the struggles of Motor City residents during the 1960s and early 1970s and finds that conflict continued to plague the inner city and its workplaces even after Great Society liberals committed themselves to improving conditions.



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