Rumours of Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings have circulated for two centuries. In this text, the author sets out to intensify the debate, arguing not that the events necessarily took place, but that the evidence for their taking place has been denied a fair hearing.
Suitable for understanding key terms and debates in the fields of American studies and cultural studies, this book brings together essays by scholars working in literary studies and political economy, cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, African American history and performance studies, gender studies and political theory.
Offers an account of the crime story and its literary and political significance. Illuminating a previously unnoticed set of concerns at the heart of the fiction, the author contends that mid-twentieth-century American crime writers used the genre to confront and wrestle with many of the paradoxes and disappointments of New Deal liberalism.
In this revolutionary text, Native American scholar and activist Andrea Smith reveals the disturbing connections between white settler colonialism, genocide, and violence against Native American women and children.
Anyone who has even a casual acquaintance with the history of New Mexico in the nineteenth century has heard of the Santa Fe Ring - seekers of power and wealth in the post-Civil War period famous for public corruption and for dispossessing landholders. David Caffey looks beyond myth and symbol to explore its history.
This work seeks to offer an alternative to traditional interest-based interpretations of US foreign policy. It argues that the Wilsonian outlook, far from being a crusading, idealistic doctrine, was reactive, practical, and grounded in fear.
Since its original publication, this book has become widely known as one of the most crucial political and social histories of African Americans. This updated third edition analyzes the effects of such factors as black neo-conservatism, welfare reform, the Million Man March, the mainstreaming of hip-hop culture, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina.
Presents a visual history of the American Civil War. Visually arresting and comprehensive, this book covers the history, causes and consequences of the conflict, providing eyewitness accounts by soldiers and civilians, key profiles of military leaders and clear timelines that give an instant overview of the developments during the tumultuous war.
Presents a thematic history of crime in the USA from the time of Lee's surrender at Appomattox to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. This title takes the period of American history where the country was changing into a truly modern, unified nation, and examines the roles crime and criminality have played in the growth of the nation.
Beginning with the bloody suppression of the Filipino struggle for independence and spanning the two World Wars, this title documents how US administrations have repeatedly intervened in conflicts on foreign soil, taking part in covert operations and wars in Latin American, Asia and the Middle East.
According to an early 1990s study, 95 per cent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations people. This title contends that negative 'Indian' stereotypes do physical, mental, emotional, and financial harm to First Nations individuals.
Compares and contrasts the historical course of Britain and America, exploring the significance of their similarities and differences over a period of two centuries. This book includes wide-ranging analyses of such issues as industrialization and urbanization, democracy and politics.
Moving from the Boston Tea Party to the present, this is an exploration of the ways in which non-Indian Americans have played out their fantasies about Indians in order to experience national, modern and personal identities.
The life of John Davenport, who co-founded the colony of New Haven, has long been overshadowed by his reputation as the most draconian of all Puritan leaders in New England - a reputation he earned due to his opposition to many of the changes that were transforming New England in the post-Restoration era. This book tells his story.
Surveys a wide range of British opinion on the United States in the nineteenth century and highlights the views of John Stuart Mill, Walter Bagehot, Sir Henry Maine, and James Bryce, who wrote extensively on American government and society.
Is America the new world empire? Presidents from Lincoln to Bush may have denied it but, this book shows, the US is in many ways the greatest imperial power of all time. This title reveals, is an empire running on empty, weakened by chronic defecits of money, manpower and political will.
The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman's journey west across North America in 1846. His detailed description of the journey, set against the vast majesty of the Great Plains, has emerged through the generations as a classic narrative of one man's exploration of the American Wilderness.
A comprehensive text on American history from this series by teachers and examiners. Includes historical interpretations, document source questions, explanation of difficult words and concepts and a study skills section for exam preparation.
Originally published in 1996,this book traces the demographic growth in the American Indian population over the past forty years and the rise in native American activities during this century. Nagel focuses on the Red Power movement whose climax marked a shift in native American identification, from tribal association to a pan-Indian consciousness.
The counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s remains a highly controversial and divisive topic Amidst the recent flourishing of Sixties scholarship, Imagine Nation is the first collection to focus solely on this culture.
"In this assiduously researched and tightly argued volume, Baptist gives us what is by far the finest account of the deep interplay of the slave trade (especially within the nation's borders) and the development of the U.S. economy."-Bloomberg View, Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2014
In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. This book brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world.
Sarah Silverman's father taught her to curse - at the age of three. She was a chronic bedwetter - until she was old enough to drive. She lost her virginity at age 19 - but didn't really know it. This presents these tales and more. It focuses on topics that range from her epic struggle with hairy arms to the death of her infant brother.
This book looks beyond the common label of 'Ronald Reagan's America' to chart the complex intersection of cultures in the 1980s. In doing so it provides an insightful account of the major cultural forms of 1980s America and influential texts and trends of the decade.
On November 29, 1864, over 150 Native Americans, mostly women, children, and elderly, were slaughtered in one of the most infamous cases of state-sponsored violence in U.S. history. Kelman examines how generations of Americans have struggled with the question of whether the nation's crimes, as well as its achievements, should be memorialized.
This guide to contemporary American political practices, processes and institutions contains essays covering phenomena such as the Tea Party upsurge in the Republican Party, Obama's health care reforms, recent changes to campaign funding emanating from the key Citizens' United Supreme Court decision, and more.