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Transcending Capitalism
Visions of a New Society in Modern American Thought
Howard Brick
Understanding why a generation of social theorists imagined the future of advanced societies would not be defined by capitalism but rather as being postcapitalist or...

The War after the War
The Struggle for Credibility during America's Exit from Vietnam
Johannes Kadura
In The War after the War, Johannes Kadura offers a fresh interpretation of American strategy in the wake of the cease-fire that began in Vietnam on January 28...

Reforming New Orleans
The Contentious Politics of Change in the Big Easy
Peter F. Burns, Matthew O. Thomas
In Reforming New Orleans, Peter F. Burns and Matthew O. Thomas chart the city's recovery and assess how successfully officials at the local, state, and federal levels transformed the Big Easy in the wake of Hurricane...

Hear My Sad Story
The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs
Richard Polenberg
In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and...

A Sense of Power
The Roots of America's Global Role
John A. Thompson
In A Sense of Power, John A. Thompson takes a long view of America's dramatic rise as a world power, from the late nineteenth century into the post–World War II...

The Public Universal Friend
Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America
Paul B. Moyer
In The Public Universal Friend, Paul B. Moyer tells the story of Jemima Wilkinson and her remarkable church, the Society of Universal Friends. The life of the Public Universal Friend and the Friend's church offer important insights about changes to religious life, gender, and society in Revolutionary...

Christian Imperialism
Converting the World in the Early American Republic
Emily Conroy-Krutz
In describing how American missionaries interacted with a range of foreign locations (including India, Liberia, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, North America, and Singapore) and imperial contexts, Christian Imperialism provides a new perspective on how Americans thought of their country's role in the...

Under the Strain of Color
Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry
Gabriel N. Mendes
Recapturing the history of a largely forgotten New York City institution that embodied new ways of thinking about mental health, race, and the substance of citizenship. Harlem's Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic was founded in...

Deceit on the Road to War
Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy
John M. Schuessler
In Deceit on the Road to War, John M. Schuessler examines how U.S. presidents have deceived the American public about fundamental decisions of war and peace. Deception has been deliberate, he suggests, as presidents have sought to shift blame for war onto others in some cases and oversell its benefits in...

American Pendulum
Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy
Christopher Hemmer
Offering new readings of debates within the Wilson, Truman, Nixon, Bush, and Obama administrations, Hemmer asserts that heated debates, disagreements, and even confusions over U.S. grand strategy are not only normal but also...

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