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What's Class Got to Do with It?
American Society in the Twenty-first Century
"Whether in regard to the economy or issues of war and peace, class is central to our everyday lives. Yet class has not been as visible as race or gender, not nearly as much a part of our conversations and sense of ourselves as these and other...

Rum and Axes
The Rise of a Connecticut Merchant Family, 1795–1850
Janet Siskind
Janet Siskind goes back to the beginnings of industrial capitalism in the United States to better understand the formation of the country's capitalist culture. She studies the papers and letters of three generations of the Watkinson family. The...

Memory's Daughters
The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America
Susan M. Stabile
A renowned literary coterie in eighteenth-century Philadelphia—Elizabeth Fergusson, Hannah Griffitts, Deborah Logan, Annis Stockton, and Susanna Wright—wrote and exchanged thousands of poems and maintained elaborate handwritten commonplace books of...

Dry Bones and Indian Sermons
Praying Indians in Colonial America
Kristina Bross
Native converts to Christianity, dubbed "praying Indians" by seventeenth-century English missionaries, have long been imagined as benign cultural intermediaries between English settlers and "savages." More recently, praying Indians have been dismissed...

Third Sector Development
Making Up for the Market
Christopher Gunn
Nonprofit corporations, cooperatives, and credit unions constitute an alternative avenue of hope and action for communities that have come up short in the normal operation of the market economy. These organizations comprise the third sector, which...

Making the Bible Modern
Children's Bibles and Jewish Education in Twentieth-Century America
Penny Schine Gold
The Bible has played a critical role in the story of Judaism, modernity, and identity. Penny Schine Gold examines the arena of children's education and the role of the Bible in the reshaping of Jewish identity, especially in the United States in the...

Dominion and Civility
English Imperialism, Native America, and the First American Frontiers, 1585–1685
Michael Leroy Oberg
Was the relationship between English settlers and Native Americans in the New World destined to turn tragic? This book investigates how the newcomers interacted with Algonquian groups in the Chesapeake Bay area and New England, describing the role...

Labor and the Corporate Media
Christopher Martin
Christopher R. Martin argues that the mainstream news media (and the large corporations behind them) put the labor movement in a bad light even while avoiding the appearance of bias. Martin has found that the news media construct "common ground"...

Ballots and Bibles
Ethnic Politics and the Catholic Church in Providence
Evelyn Savidge Sterne
By the mid-nineteenth century, Providence, Rhode Island, an early industrial center, became a magnet for Catholic immigrants seeking jobs. The city created as a haven for Protestant dissenters was transformed by the arrival of Italian, Irish, and...

Cruising Modernism
Class and Sexuality in American Literature and Social Thought
Michael Trask
Modern society, Michael Trask argues in this incisive and original book, chose to couch class difference in terms of illicit sexuality. Trask demonstrates how sexual science's concept of erotic perversion mediated the writing of both literary figures...

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