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New Working-Class Studies
This book brings together historians, economists, geographers, sociologists, and scholars of literature and cultural studies to explore the emerging discipline of working-class studies and identify its key themes and issues.



Writing the Wrongs
Eva Valesh and the Rise of Labor Journalism
Elizabeth Faue
Eva McDonald Valesh was one of the Progressive Era's foremost labor publicists. Challenging the narrow confines placed on women, Valesh became a successful investigative journalist, organizer, and public speaker for labor reform. Valesh was a...



Ritual Imports
Performing Medieval Drama in America
Claire Sponsler
Throughout the Americas, performances deriving from medieval European rituals, ceremonies, and festivities made up a crucial part of the cultural cargo shipped from Europe to the overseas settlements. In 1583, Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed from...



The Grammar of Good Intentions
Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence
Susan M. Ryan
Susan M. Ryan explores antebellum Americans' preoccupation with the language and practice of benevolence. Drawing on a variety of cultural and literary texts, she traces how people working and writing within social reform movements—and their outspoken...



Catholics and Contraception
An American History
Leslie Woodcock Tentler
As Americans rethought sex in the twentieth century, the Catholic Church's teachings on the divisive issue of contraception in marriage were in many ways central. In a fascinating history, Leslie Woodcock Tentler traces changing attitudes: from the...



Black Subjects
Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery
Arlene R. Keizer
Writers as diverse as Carolivia Herron, Charles Johnson, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Derek Walcott have addressed the history of slavery in their literary works. In this groundbreaking new book, Arlene R. Keizer contends that these writers...



Cosmopolitan Vistas
American Regionalism and Literary Value
Tom Lutz
In a major statement on the relation of art and politics in America, Tom Lutz identifies a consistent ethos at the heart of American literary culture for the past 150 years. Through readings of Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, Hamlin Garland, Ellen...



The Paradox of American Unionism
Why Americans Like Unions More Than Canadians Do, But Join Much Less
Seymour Martin Lipset, Noah M. Meltz
Why have Americans, who by a clear majority approve of unions, been joining them in smaller numbers than ever before? This book answers that question by comparing the American experience with that of Canada, where approval for unions is significantly...



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...



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