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Enlightening the World
The Creation of the Statue of Liberty
Yasmin Sabina Khan
Conceived in the aftermath of the American Civil War and the grief that swept France over the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty has been a potent symbol of the nation's highest ideals since it was unveiled in 1886. Dramatically...



American Abyss
Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry
Daniel E. Bender
At the beginning of the twentieth century, industrialization both dramatically altered everyday experiences and shaped debates about the effects of immigration, empire, and urbanization. In American Abyss, Daniel E. Bender examines an array of...



Horace Greeley's "New-York Tribune"
Civil War-Era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor
Adam Tuchinsky
In the mid-nineteenth century, Horace Greeley's New-York Tribune had the largest national circulation of any newspaper in the United States. Its contributors included many of the leading minds of the period-Margaret Fuller, Henry James Sr., Charles...



Caribbean Middlebrow
Leisure Culture and the Middle Class
Belinda Edmondson
It is commonly assumed that Caribbean culture is split into elite highbrow culture—which is considered derivative of Europe and not rooted in the Caribbean—and authentic working-class culture, which is often identified with such iconic island...



Counter Culture
The American Coffee Shop Waitress
Candacy A. Taylor
"Career waitresses do more than just serve food. They are part psychiatrist, part grandmother, part friend, and they serve every walk of American life: from the retired and the widowed, to the wounded and the lonely, and from the working class to the...



Reading Appalachia from Left to Right
Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy
Carol Mason
In Reading Appalachia from Left to Right, Carol Mason examines the legacies of a pivotal 1974 curriculum dispute in West Virginia that heralded the rightward shift in American culture and politics.



Predicting the Past
The Paradoxes of American Literary History
Michael Boyden
Drawing from the social theories of Niklas Luhmann and Mary Douglas, Predicting the Past advocates a reflexive understanding of the paradoxical institutional dynamic of American literary history as a professional discipline and field of study...



Children Bound to Labor
The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America
The history of early America cannot be told without considering unfree labor. At the center of this history are African and Native American adults forced into slavery; the children born to these unfree persons usually inherited their parents' status...



Failure to Protect
America's Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State
Eric S. Janus
Most crimes of sexual violence are committed by people known to the victim—acquaintances and family members. Yet politicians and the media overemphasize predatory strangers when legislating against and reporting on sexual violence. In this book, Eric...



Reconstructing the World
Southern Fictions and U.S. Imperialisms, 1898–1976
Harilaos Stecopoulos
"The unending tragedy of Reconstruction," wrote W. E. B. Du Bois, "is the utter inability of the American mind to grasp its . . . national and worldwide implications." And yet the long shadow of Reconstruction's failure has loomed large in the...



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