United States History, General
Post-Nationalist American Studies
Paperback ISBN: 0520224396
"From globalization to gender studies to the selling of Tiger Woods as multicultural icon, these provocative and reader-friendly essays provide a new overview of the landscape of cultural studies today as well as--in a unique feature of the book--a blueprint for developing courses out of the issues discussed." --Gerald Graff, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago "Post-Nationalist American Studies is a strikingly useful book. It offers a seeming contradition-'American' yet 'Post-Nationalist'-as a remarkably generative theoretical standpoint for a series of sharp and challenging essays. All of these provide vivid readings of an unusually wide range of texts and the contributors give us real syllabi for real classes in which theory, close reading, and historical specificity have been put into the kind of classroom practice which is helping reshape not just an academic field of study but the understanding of what 'American' might mean."--Paul Lauter, Smith Professor of Literature, Trinity College
Lost and Found
Paperback ISBN: 1565845455
A cross-section of Americans--from an embittered Miss America to Arnold Schwarzenegger, from Jesse Helms to a KKK member, from businessmen and Brahmins to activists and immigrants--speak of their hopes, expectations, and disappointments
The Murder of Helen Jewett
The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York
Paperback ISBN: 0679740759
Evoking the frenetic city life and sexual mores of early nineteenth-century America, a historian reconstructs the life of a servant girl from Maine who became a highly paid courtesan, and celebrated murder victim, in New York in 1836. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers
A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire
Paperback ISBN: 0806108762
On the Great Plains, a land barren of wood and rock for the traditional rail and stone fences, the wire fence was a logical invention. Hundreds of barded-wire designs were invented, and the more practical patents were manufactured and shipped west at great profit. Today collectors are carefully searching out that wire for both enjoyment and historical interest. This book was designed to provide a well-organized identifying, classifying, and cataloguing system for the many designs and variations of barded wire. Nearly one thousand drawings and three indexes to patents, inventors, and manufacturers provide an immediate means of identification.
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0679410708
A sweeping, richly illustrated overview of the people and events of the twentieth century follows America's rise to political and cultural preeminence, from the 1880s to the present day, and America's growing power and influence abroad. 75,000 first printing. Tour.
The Guilt of Nations
Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices
Paperback ISBN: 0801868076
Is restitution hegemony or reclaimed rights? Barkan (cultural studies, Claremont Graduate U.) raises the question but doesn't answer it in his examination of a number of attempts to amend historical injustices through official apologies and financial payments. Separate chapters analyze the political, economic, and moral dynamics behind restitution movements related to the European Jews slaughtered by the Nazis; the Japanese traffic of sex slaves; the Russian plunder of Germany as restitution for German plunder; Native American claims on land, human remains, and sacred objects; Hawaiian claims of self determination; the treatment of Australian Aborigines; and the legacy of the slavery of Africans in America. He argues that discourses of restitution are deeply wedded to notions of identity and that restitution can sometimes lock people into seeing themselves as victims. Restitution, although sometimes appropriate, "orders injustices and attempts to rewrite specific wrongs, leaving other social discriminations and prejudices intact." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Clearing in the Distance
Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0684824639
A chronicle of the fascinating life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known as the creator of New York's Central Park, shows the immense effect his ideas and actions had on American culture and history. 60,000 first printing. Tour.
The Oxford Companion to American Military History
Hardcover ISBN: 0195071980
A fact-packed reference guide to U.S. military history covers battles, men, and weapons that made the difference from the Revolution to the Gulf War, with more than 1,100 entries written by more than five hundred distinguished contributors.