Browse by Subject: American

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The Life and Music of Graham Jackson

This book is the first biography of Graham Jackson, a virtuosic musician whose life story displays the complexities of being a Black professional in the segregated South.

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After Apollo: Cultural Legacies of the Race to the Moon

This book explores how NASA’s space program impacted American society and culture during and after the race to the Moon, looking back at the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing from the perspective of the present day.

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Janet Reno: A Life

The first full biography of former United States attorney general Janet Reno, this book examines the guiding forces that shaped Reno’s character, the trails blazed by Reno in her professional roles, and the lasting influence of Reno on American politics and society.

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It's Our Movement Now: Black Women’s Politics and the 1977 National Women’s Conference

This volume offers a panoramic view of Black feminist politics through the stories of Black women who attended the 1977 National Women’s Conference, placing the diversity of Black women’s experiences and their leadership at the center of the history of the women’s movement.

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People Power: History, Organizing, and Larry Goodwyn's Democratic Vision in the Twenty-First Century

Featuring contributions from leading scholar-activists, this book demonstrates how the lessons of history can inform the building of new social justice movements today.

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Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency

This volume examines the political ideas behind the construction of the presidency in the U.S. Constitution, as well as how these ideas were implemented by the nation’s early presidents.

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Atlantic Passages: Race, Mobility, and Liberian Colonization

Countering assumptions that the West African colony of Liberia was an endpoint in the journeys of the free people of color who traveled there, Robert Murray reveals that many Liberian settlers returned repeatedly to the United States, and he explores the ways this movement shaped the construction of race in the Atlantic world.

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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

This biography follows the life of Chesterfield Smith, a defining Florida figure who led the Florida Bar, masterminded the drafting of a new state constitution, and spearheaded the American Bar Association’s condemnation of Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

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The Daughters of the American Revolution and Patriotic Memory in the Twentieth Century

In this comprehensive history of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), one of the oldest and most important women’s organizations in United States history, Simon Wendt shows how the DAR’s efforts to keep alive the memory of the nation’s past were entangled with and strengthened the nation’s racial and gender boundaries.

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Reckoning with Rebellion: War and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century

In this innovative global history of the American Civil War, Aaron Sheehan-Dean compares and contrasts the American experience with other civil and national conflicts that happened at nearly the same time—the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the Polish Insurrection of 1863, and China’s Taiping Rebellion.