U.s. Local History - Old North
Always a River
The Ohio River and the American Experience
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0253222575
The ever-changing Ohio River flows through time as well as space, connecting us with the past as it links Pittsburgh with Cincinnati, Cairo, and New Orleans. Always a River views the Ohio through the perspective of history, geography, political science, economics, and literature. Essays by Scott Russell Sanders, John A. Jakle, Hubert G. H. Wilhelm, Michael Allen, Darrel E. Bigham, Leland R. Johnson, and Boyd Keenan tell about the settlement period of the river, its economic importance, the different phases of engineering over a long period of time, and the river as an eco-political system. This revised edition includes a new introduction with a historical overview, as well as an up-to-date map, selected bibliography, and index
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Hardcover ISBN: 0393246434
Traces the scientific, historical, and ecological factors endangering the Great Lakes, discussing late-nineteenth century efforts to connect the lakes to the Atlantic, which unexpectedly introduced invasive species from the natural world.
City of Race and Class Violence
Paperback ISBN: 0814321046
A new edition of the 1972 work which charts the history of Detroit's race and labor relations from the early 20th century. This edition pays particular attention to events since 1967. The author, formerly with Columbia, has long been involved in the Detroit trade unions. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
The Emerging Midwest
Upland Southerners and the Political Culture of the Old Northwest, 1787-1861
Hardcover ISBN: 0253329949
Frequently mis-characterized as a vast homogeneous region, the territory from earliest European settlement has seen diverse migrant groups. The process of defining the Midwest began when Northern and Southern migrants began to identify themselves as Westerners. Shared identities as citizens of the new republic, as members of political parties, and as Westerners forged a Midwestern identity that Southern settlers shared with Yankees, Pennsylvanians, and others descending on the future states of Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. The Civil War shook this new regional identity but did not destroy it. Focusing on Upland Southerners (from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee), Nicole Etcheson examines the tensions between a developing Midwestern identity and residual regional loyalty to the South. This dynamic process mirrored the nation-building and national disintegration experienced in the U.S. between the Revolution and the Civil War. The story of these Upland Southerners is also unique, shedding light on the meaning of the South for those who left it, on the new republic's ability to overcome sectional loyalties, and on the creation of a new region, the Midwest.
Business Progressivism and Social Change in Ohio's Miami Valley, 1890-1929
Hardcover ISBN: 0813116538
Scholars may have widely differing views of the Progressive Era, but all see business as holding the key to the reforms of that period. In this new book Judith Sealander amplifies our understanding of the relationship between business leaders and reform through a detailed examination of Dayton and the Miami Valley of Ohio. She focuses specifically on four progressive projects that made this nine-county region nationally known as a center for reform activism. The four "projects" include an extensive program of employee benefits instituted at the National Cash Register Company; the creation, in the Miami Conservancy District, of a massive flood prevention system; the institution of a new businesslike city-manager government in Dayton; and a new experimental approach to education in the region's public and private schools. Well grounded in the scholarly literature on progressivism and drawing from a rich trove of local manuscript sources, Judith Sealander has provided an integrated analysis of the role of business leadership in these four reform areas that corrects the exaggerated treatment business has often received. She shows how this one group of businessmen functioned as reformers, the "grand plans" they had for changing society, their merger of scientific engineering, business management, and moral fervor, and the benefits and costs of their kind of progressivism. Grand Plans contributes new insights into the Progressive Era and will interest scholars of that period as well as historians of American business, urban affairs, and reform.