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Postcolonial Theory and the United States

Edited by Amritjit Singh & Peter Schmidt
Categories: History

Probing essays that examine critical issues surrounding the United States's ever-expanding international cultural identity in the postcolonial era

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At the beginning of the twenty-first ...

Jazz in American Culture

The family of musical styles known as jazz came into being around 1900 as several popular black musical idioms coalesced. This free-flowing, spontaneous music based in improvisation emerged primarily ...

German Boy

What was the experience of war for a child in bombed and ravaged Germany? In this memoir, the voice of innocence is heard.

“This is great stuff,” exclaims Stephen E. Ambrose. “I love this book. ...

Obituaries in American Culture

By Janice Hume
Categories: History

“Within the short period of a year, she was a bride, a beloved wife and companion, a mother, a corpse,” reported The National Intelligencer on the death of Elizabeth Buchanan in 1838.

Such obituaries ...

Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine

There was a time when birth was treated as a natural process rather than a medical condition. Before 1800, women gave birth seated in birth chairs or on stools and were helped along by midwives. Then ...

A Spiral Way

Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence
Best Research in the General History of Recorded Sound (2000)

The invention of the cylinder phonograph at the end of the nineteenth century ...

The WPA Guides

By Christine Bold
Categories: History

In 1935 the FDR administration put 40,000 unemployed artists to work in four federal arts projects. The main contribution of one unit, the Federal Writers Project, was the American Guide Series, a collectively ...

Shenandoah Valley Folklife

Bordered by the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley forms a natural corridor to the western parts of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Early American settlers followed ...

Marxism for Our Times

Edited by Martin Glaberman
Categories: History

Rarely as in the collection here can one encounter an essayist, novelist, historian, and political leader like the late C. L. R. James in the working throes of forming and then fomenting personal political ...


By Michael B. Ballard
Categories: History

It was the sad fate of General John C. Pemberton (1814-1881), a northerner serving in the Confederate army, to die in disgrace and humiliation. Because he surrendered Vicksburg to General Grant, many ...