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Race, Rights, and Recognition
Jewish American Literature since 1969
Dean J. Franco
Dean J. Franco explores the work of recent Jewish American writers, many of whom have taken unpopular stances on social issues, distancing themselves from the politics and public practice of multiculturalism.



She Hath Been Reading
Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America
Katherine West Scheil
In the late nineteenth century hundreds of clubs formed across the United States devoted to the reading of Shakespeare. Katherine West Scheil uncovers this hidden layer of intellectual activity that flourished in American society.



Serling
The Rise and Twilight of TV's Last Angry Man
Gordon F. Sander
Gordon F. Sander's acclaimed biography of Rod Serling is at once a portrait of a prodigiously talented writer and a history of the first-quarter century of television.



The Working Class Majority
America's Best Kept Secret
Michael Zweig
In the second edition of his essential book Michael Zweig warns that by allowing the working class to disappear into categories of "middle class" or "consumers," we also allow those with the dominant power, capitalists, to vanish among the rich.



Welcome to the Suck
Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq
Stacey Peebles
A thoughtful and timely discussion contemporary war literature and films.



Melting-Pot Modernism
Sarah Wilson
"An intelligent and beautifully written examination of the 'melting pot' as taken up in the work of four modernist writers: Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Willa Cather, and Gertrude Stein."—Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria



Screening Enlightenment
Hollywood and the Cultural Reconstruction of Defeated Japan
Hiroshi Kitamura
Shows how the US's expansive attempt at cultural globalization helped transform Japan into one of Hollywood's key markets. He also demonstrates the prominent role American cinema played in the political reeducation and reorientation of the Japanese.



Habits of the Heartland
Small-Town Life in Modern America
Lyn C. Macgregor
So, how do Americans in a small town make community today? This book argues that there is more than one answer, and that despite the continued importance of small-town stuff traditionally associated with face-to-face communities, it makes no sense to...



The Manly Art
Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America
Elliott J. Gorn
Updated edition of this "exciting narrative history of boxing" (The Nation).



Letters of a Ticonderoga Farmer
Selections from the Correspondence of William H. Cook and His Wife with Their Son, Joseph Cook, 1851–1885
The letters collected here offer useful and charming insights into the social history of upstate New York, from economic and industrial developments to local politics and religious controversies, as well as human interest and considerable local color.



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