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New Directions in American History


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New Directions in American History is dedicated to bringing together the freshest research in American history for use in the classroom. Each well-tailored collection includes a strong introduction, and essays by rising stars and established authors to bring forward current arguments in the scholarship. Offering accessible, original research in American history, the books in New Directions in American History provide students with working models of an historian’s craft, and professors with a timely and enriching addition to a course.

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The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century

The Chicano Movement: Perspectives from the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Mario T. Garcia
April 07, 2014

The largest social movement by people of Mexican descent in the U.S. to date, the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s linked civil rights activism with a new, assertive ethnic identity: Chicano Power! Beginning with the farmworkers' struggle led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the Movement...

Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America

Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America

1st Edition

Kimberly Jade Norwood
December 09, 2013

In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. This type of skin tone bias, or colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated. Preferential treatment of...

The Harlem Renaissance in the American West: The New Negro's Western Experience

The Harlem Renaissance in the American West: The New Negro's Western Experience

1st Edition

Cary D Wintz, Bruce A. Glasrud
September 19, 2011

The Harlem Renaissance, an exciting period in the social and cultural history of the US, has over the past few decades re-established itself as a watershed moment in African American history. However, many of the African American communities outside the urban center of Harlem that participated in...

Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists

Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists

1st Edition

Jill Fields
September 14, 2011

In 1970, Judy Chicago and fifteen students founded the groundbreaking Feminist Art Program (FAP) at Fresno State. Drawing upon the consciousness-raising techniques of the women's liberation movement, they created shocking new art forms depicting female experiences. Collaborative work and...

Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition

Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition

1st Edition

Trystan Cotten
July 20, 2011

Transgender Migrations brings together a top-notch collection of emerging and established scholars to examine the way that the term "migration" can be used not only to look at the way trans bodies migrate from one gender to the (an?) other, but the way that trans people migrate in the larger...

Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985

Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985

1st Edition

Kathleen A. Laughlin, Jacqueline Castledine
September 21, 2010

Breaking the Wave is the first anthology of original essays by both younger and established scholars that takes a long view of feminist activism by systematically examining the dynamics of movement persistence during moments of reaction and backlash. Ranging from the "civic feminism" of white...

Natural Protest: Essays on the History of American Environmentalism

Natural Protest: Essays on the History of American Environmentalism

1st Edition

Michael Egan, Jeff Crane
November 28, 2008

From Jamestown to 9/11, concerns about the landscape, husbanding of natural resources, and the health of our environment have been important to the American way of life. Natural Protest is the first collection of original essays to offer a cohesive social and political examination of environmental...

Science and Empire in the Atlantic World

Science and Empire in the Atlantic World

1st Edition

James Delbourgo, Nicholas Dew
October 26, 2007

Science and Empire in the Atlantic World is the first book in the growing field of Atlantic Studies to examine the production of scientific knowledge in the Atlantic world from a comparative and international perspective. Rather than focusing on a specific scientific field or single national...

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