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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...

Liberty Hyde Bailey
Essential Agrarian and Environmental Writings
Liberty Hyde Bailey
Before Wendell Berry and Aldo Leopold, there was the horticulturalist and botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858–1954). For Wendell Berry, Bailey was a revelation, a symbol of the nature-minded agrarianism Berry himself...

Awaiting the Heavenly Country
The Civil War and America's Culture of Death
Mark S. Schantz
Essential reading for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the Civil War and the ways in which antebellum Americans comprehended death and the unimaginable bloodshed on the horizon.

Forgotten Firebrand
James Redpath and the Making of Nineteenth-Century America
John R. McKivigan
The first full-length biography of the influential nineteenth-century American reformer, reporter, and impresario.

Corporate Wasteland
The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization
Steven High, David W. Lewis
Deindustrialization is not simply an economic process, but a social and cultural one as well. The rusting detritus of our industrial past—the wrecked hulks of factories, abandoned machinery too large to remove, and now-useless infrastructures—has for...

Front-Page Girls
Women Journalists in American Culture and Fiction, 1880–1930
Jean Marie Lutes
The first study of the role of the newspaperwoman in American literary culture at the turn of the twentieth century, this book recaptures the imaginative exchange between real-life reporters like Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells and fictional characters...

The State of Working America, 2006/2007
Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, Sylvia Allegretto
Praise for previous editions of The State of Working America: "The State of Working America remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today's...

Becoming German
The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York
Philip Otterness
Becoming German tells the story of the largest and earliest mass movement of German-speaking immigrants to America, the Palatine migration of 1709, tracking their journey from Germany to London to New York City and into the frontier areas of New York.

Visions of Belonging
New England Art and the Making of American Identity
Julia B. Rosenbaum
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries depictions of New England flooded the American art scene. Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Theodore Robinson, and Julian Weir, and other well-known artists produced images of quaint villages...

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