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The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise

The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Laura R. Sandy
March 11, 2020

Enmeshed in the exploitative world of racial slavery, overseers were central figures in the management of early American plantation enterprises. All too frequently dismissed as brutal and incompetent, they defy easy categorisation. Some were rogues, yet others were highly skilled professionals,...

Education and the Racial Dynamics of Settler Colonialism in Early America: Georgia and South Carolina, ca. 1700–ca. 1820

Education and the Racial Dynamics of Settler Colonialism in Early America: Georgia and South Carolina, ca. 1700–ca. 1820

1st Edition

Forthcoming

James O’Neil Spady
March 09, 2020

This is the first historical monograph to demonstrate settler colonialism’s significance for Early America. Based on a nuanced reading of the archive and using a comparative approach, the book treats settler colonialism as a process rather than a coherent ideology. Spady shows that learning was a...

A Brief History of the Subordination of African Americans in the U.S.: Of Handcuffs and Bootstraps

A Brief History of the Subordination of African Americans in the U.S.: Of Handcuffs and Bootstraps

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alexander Polikoff, Elizabeth Lassar
February 10, 2020

This "brief history" presents the essential story of the subordination of African Americans in the U.S., captured in a 1968 cartoon by Pulitzer-prize-winning cartoonist John Fischetti. The drawing is of a black man handcuffed to a wall with cuffs labeled "White Racism." The caption reads, "Why don’...

Perceptions of China and White House Decision-Making, 1941-1963: Spears of Promise, Shields of Truth

Perceptions of China and White House Decision-Making, 1941-1963: Spears of Promise, Shields of Truth

1st Edition

Adam S.R. Bartley
November 28, 2019

This book assesses and evaluates the decision-making behavior of United States presidents and their chief advisers from Roosevelt to Kennedy pertaining to China. Seeking to dispel with the notion that each administration sought policy outcomes on the basis of a rational decision-making model,...

Reagan’s “Boys” and the Children of the Greatest Generation: U.S. World War II Memory, 1984 and Beyond

Reagan’s “Boys” and the Children of the Greatest Generation: U.S. World War II Memory, 1984 and Beyond

1st Edition

Jonathan M. Bullinger
October 10, 2019

During the 1980s and 1990s, aging Baby Boomer parents constructed a particular type of memory as they attempted to laud their own parents’ wartime accomplishments with the label "The Greatest Generation." This book is the first to tell the entire story of this particular type of U.S. World War II...

The Liberal Dilemma: The Pragmatic Tradition in the Age of McCarthyism

The Liberal Dilemma: The Pragmatic Tradition in the Age of McCarthyism

1st Edition

Jonathan Michaels
June 24, 2019

This volume explores the response of liberals to rightwing attacks during the Red Scare of the late 1940s and early 1950s, establishing it as a defensive approach aimed at warding off efforts to conflate liberalism with communism, but not at striking back at the opposing ideology of conservatism...

The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War: The Other Side of Vietnam

The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War: The Other Side of Vietnam

1st Edition

Seth Offenbach
March 21, 2019

The Vietnam War was the central political issue of the 1960s and 1970s. This study by Seth Offenbach explains how the conflict shaped modern conservatism. The war caused disputes between the pro-war anti-communists right and libertarian conservatives who opposed the war. At the same time, Christian...

The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries

The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries

1st Edition

Laura R. Sandy, Marie S. Molloy
February 05, 2019

Following the suggestion of the historian Peter Parish, these essays probe "the edges" of slavery and the sectional conflict. The authors seek to recover forgotten stories, exceptional cases and contested identities to reveal the forces that shaped America, in the era of "the Long Civil War," c...

The White House and White Africa: Presidential Policy Toward Rhodesia During the UDI Era, 1965-1979

The White House and White Africa: Presidential Policy Toward Rhodesia During the UDI Era, 1965-1979

1st Edition

Eddie Michel
July 11, 2018

This book offers an insightful analysis of presidential policy towards Rhodesia during the UDI era of 1965-1979. Michel provides an informative account of the stance adopted by the differing presidential administrations towards Salisbury and highlights the shifting alignment of the global and...

After American Studies: Rethinking the Legacies of Transnational Exceptionalism

After American Studies: Rethinking the Legacies of Transnational Exceptionalism

1st Edition

Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera
July 20, 2017

After American Studies is a timely critique of national and transnational approaches to community, and their forms of belonging and trans/patriotisms. Using reports in multicultural psychology and cultural neuroscience to interpret an array of cultural forms—including literature, art, film,...

The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States

The Disinformation Age: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy in the United States

1st Edition

Eric Cheyfitz
February 20, 2017

The Disinformation Age, beginning in the present and going back to the American colonial period, constructs an original historical explanation for the current political crisis and the reasons the two major political parties cannot address it effectively. Commentators inside and outside academia...

Famine Irish and the American Racial State

Famine Irish and the American Racial State

1st Edition

Peter D. O'Neill
February 06, 2017

Accounts of Irish racialization in the United States have tended to stress Irish difference. Famine Irish and the American Racial State takes a different stance. This interdisciplinary, transnational work uses an array of cultural artifacts, including novels, plays, songs, cartoons, government...

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