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Brian Matthew Jordan
Description: A history of the Civil War centered on a regiment of immigrants and their brutal experience of the conflict. Brian Matthew Jordan sends us along dusty roads with the 107th Ohio, an ethnically German infantry regiment whose members battled nativism no less than Confederate rebels. The 107th was at once ordinary and exceptional: its ranks played central roles in two of the war's pivotal battles, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, even as language, identity, and popular perceptions of their loyalties set them apart. Jordan shows how, while enduring the horrible extremes of war, the men of the 107th Ohio contemplated the deeper meanings of the conflict--from personal questions of citizenship to the overriding matter of emancipation. An account from the view of the ordinary, immigrant soldier--200,000 native Germans fought for the Union, in total--overturns many of our most basic assumptions about the bloodiest conflict in our history.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.7471 Jor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Julia Cooke
Description: "A lively, unexpected portrait of the jet-age stewardesses serving on iconic Pan Am airways between 1966 and 1975"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 387.742 Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Richard T. (Richard Thompson) Ford
Description: Law professor and cultural critic, Richard Thompson Ford, offers an eye-opening exploration of the laws of fashion throughout history, from the middle ages to the present day, examining the canons, mores and customs of clothing rules that we often take for granted.
Call Number: 391.009 For
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Fatima Shaik
Description: The story of the Société d'Economie et d'Assistance Mutuelle, a New Orleans mutual aid society founded by free men of color in 1836. The group was one of the most important multiethnic, intellectual communities in the US South: educators, world-traveling merchants, soldiers, tradesmen, and poets who rejected racism and colorism to fight for suffrage and education rights for all. The author drew on the meeting minutes of the Société d'Economie as well as census and civil records, newspapers, and numerous archival sources to write a narrative stretching from the Haitian Revolution through the early jazz age.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Juan Villoro, Alfred J. Mac Adam
Description: Horizontal Vertigo: the title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes, which led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. Juan Villoro wanders through the city seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things, while drawing connections among them, the better to reveal, in all its multitudinous glory, the vicissitudes and triumphs of Mexico City's cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today, one of the world's leading cultural and financial centers. Villoro organizes his text around a recurring series of chapter titles: "Living in the City," "City Characters," "Shocks, Crossings, and Ceremonies." What he achieves is a stunning, intriguingly coherent meditation on Mexico City's genius loci, its spirit of place.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 972.53 Vil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Laurence Bergreen
Description: Laurence Bergreen brings alive the life and adventures of Sir Francis Drake, whose mastery of the seas during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I changed the course of history--as a pirate raiding Spanish galleons, as the first explorer to successfully circumnavigate the globe, and as a naval hero who defeated the Spanish Armada and reshaped the global order.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 942.055 Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Luke Epplin
Description: The story of four men--Larry Doby, Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige--whose improbable union on the Cleveland Indians in the late 1940s would shape the immediate postwar era of Major League Baseball and beyond. In July 1947, not even three months after Jackie Robinson debuted on the Brooklyn Dodgers, snapping the color line that had segregated Major League Baseball, Larry Doby would follow in his footsteps on the Cleveland Indians. Though Doby would struggle during his first summer in Cleveland, his subsequent turnaround in 1948 from benchwarmer to superstar sparked one of the wildest and most meaningful seasons in baseball history. Our Team traces the story of the integration of the Cleveland Indians and their quest for a World Series title through four key participants: Bill Veeck, an eccentric and visionary owner adept at exploding fireworks on and off the field; Larry Doby, a soft-spoken, hard-hitting pioneer whose major-league breakthrough shattered stereotypes that so much of white America held about Black ballplayers; Bob Feller, a pitching prodigy from Iowa who set the template for the athlete as businessman; and Satchel Paige, a legendary pitcher from the Negro Leagues whose entry into the majors whipped baseball fans across the country into a frenzy. Together, as the backbone of a team that epitomized the postwar American spirit in all its hopes and contradictions, these four men would captivate the nation by storming to the World Series--all the while rewriting the rules of what was possible in sports.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 796.357 Epp
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Liz Lee Heinecke
Description: "At the turn of the century, Paris was a hotbed of creativity. Technology boomed, delivering to the world electric light, the automobile, and new ways to treat disease, while imagination blossomed, creating Art Nouveau, motion pictures, and modernist literature. A pivotal figure during this time, yet largely forgotten today, Loie Fuller was an American performance artist who became a living symbol of the Art Nouveau movement with her hypnotic dances and stunning theatrical effects. Credited today as the pioneer of modern dance, she was perennially broke, never took no for an answer, spent most of her life with a female partner, and never questioned her drive. She was a visionary, a renegade, and a loyal friend. In the early 1900s, she heard about Marie Curie's discovery of a glowing blue element and dreamed of using it to dazzle audiences on stage. While Loie's dream wouldn't be realized, her connection with Marie and their shared fascination with radium endured. RADIANT is the true story of Marie Curie and Loie Fuller, two revolutionary women drawn together at the dawn of a new era by a singular discovery, and the lifelong friendship that grew out of their shared passion for enlightenment"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 792.8092 Hei
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Tobey Pearl
Description: A brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and an account of the first murder trial in U.S. history--set in the 1600s in colonial New England against the backdrop of the Pequot War (between the Pequot tribe and the colonists of Massachusetts Bay), an explosive trial whose outcome changed the course of history, ended a two-year war, and brought about a peace that allowed the colonies to become a full-blown nation. In 1638, at Providence, Plymouth Colony, a young Nipmuc tribesman, returning home from trading beaver pelts, is fatally stabbed in a robbery in the woods near Plymouth Colony, by a white runaway servant and fellow rogues. The young tribesman, fighting for his life, is able, with his final breaths, to reveal the details of the attack to Providence's governor, Roger Williams. A frantic manhunt by the fledgling government of Plymouth ensues, followed by the convening of the first trial, with Plymouth's governor Thomas Prence presiding as judge. The jury: local settlers (white) whose allegiance seems more likely to be with the accused than with the murdered (a native). Tobey Pearl re-creates the full and startling, pivotal moment in pre-revolutionary America, as she examines the evolution of our civil liberties and the role of the jury as a safeguard against injustice.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Dorothy Wickenden
Description: Chronicles the revolutionary activities of Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Wright--friends and neighbors in Auburn, New York--discussing their vital roles in the Underground Railroad, abolition, and the early women's rights movement.
Call Number: 974.768 Wic
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
David Roberts
Description: A personal and historical exploration of the Bears Ears country and the fight to save a national monument. The Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, created by President Obama in 2016 and eviscerated by President Trump in 2017, contains more archaeological sites than any other region in the United States. It's also a spectacularly beautiful landscape, a mosaic of sandstone canyons and bold mesas and buttes. This wilderness, now threatened by oil and gas drilling, unrestricted grazing, and invasion by jeep and ATV, is at the center of the greatest environmental battle in America since the damming of the Colorado River to create Lake Powell in the 1950s. David Roberts takes readers on a tour of his favorite place on earth as he unfolds the rich and contradictory human history of the 1.35 million acres of the Bears Ears domain. Weaving personal memoir with archival research, Roberts sings the praises of the outback he's explored for the last twenty-five years.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 979.2 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Henry Louis Gates
Description: "A powerful new history of the Black church in America as the Black community's abiding rock and its fortress"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 277.3 Gat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Ritchie Robertson
Call Number: 190 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Katie Booth
Description: A revisionist biography of Alexander Graham Bell, telling the true--and troubling--story of the inventor of the telephone. We think of Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, but Bell was an elocution teacher by profession. As the son of a deaf woman and, later, husband to another, his goal in life from adolescence was to teach the deaf to speak. Even his tinkering sprang from his teaching work; the telephone had its origins as a speech reading machine. Yet by the end of his life, Bell had become the American Deaf community's most powerful enemy. This book weaves together a moving love story with a tale of innovation, and it follows the complicated tragedy of a brilliant young man who set about stamping out what he saw as a dangerous language: Sign. The book offers a look at how heroes can become villains and how good intentions are nowhere near enough--as well as a powerful account of the dawn of a civil rights movement and the triumphant tale of how the Deaf community reclaimed their once-forbidden language.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.42 Boo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Thomas C. (Thomas Cleveland) Holt
Description: The civil rights movement was among the most important historical developments of the twentieth century and one of the most remarkable mass movements in American history. Thomas C. Holt provides an informed and nuanced understanding of the origins, character, and objectives of the mid-twentieth-century freedom struggle, re-centering the narrative around the mobilization of ordinary people.
Call Number: 323.1196 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 22, 2021
Wendy Lower
Description: A single photograph--an exceptionally rare "action shot" documenting the horrific final moment of the murder of a family--drives a riveting process of discovery for a gifted Holocaust scholar.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5318 Low
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Nick Lloyd
Description: A history of the savage combat on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918 that came to define modern warfare. This book evokes images of hardship and sacrifice, of young, mud-spattered men in water-logged trenches, shielded from artillery blasts by a few feet of dirt. Long considered the most futile arena of the First World War, the Western Front has persisted in our collective memory as a tragic waste of life. Nick Lloyd brings together the latest research from America, France, Britain, and Germany, telling the full story of the war in France and Belgium from the German invasion in 1914 to the armistice four years later. His sweeping chronicle reveals that the trenches were, as often as not, sites of dramatic technological and tactical advances, and that superior generalship helped determine the outcome of the war.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.4144 Llo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Mia Bay
Description: "What was it like to travel while Black under Jim Crow? Mia Bay brings this dramatic history to life. With gripping stories and a close eye on the rail, bus, and airline operators who implemented segregation, she shows why access to unrestricted mobility has been central to the Black freedom struggle since Reconstruction and remains so today"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.896 Bay
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Kate Masur
Description: A history of the antebellum movement for equal rights that reshaped the institutions of freedom after the Civil War. The half century before the Civil War was beset with conflict over freedom as well as slavery: what were the arrangements of free society, especially for African Americans? Beginning in 1803, many free states enacted black codes that discouraged the settlement and restricted the basic rights of free black people. But claiming the equal-rights promises of the Declaration and the Constitution, a biracial movement arose to fight these racist state laws. Kate Masur's history delivers this pathbreaking movement in detail. Its advocates battled in state legislatures, Congress, and the courts, and through petitioning, party politics and elections. They visited slave states to challenge local laws that imprisoned free blacks and sold them into slavery. Despite immovable white majorities and unfavorable court decisions, their vision became increasingly mainstream. After the Civil War, their arguments shaped the Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment, the pillars of our second founding.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.1196 Mas
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
Elizabeth Becker
Description: One spent 23 days in captivity. Another jumped off planes to get the perfect aerial shot. The other reported from war-torn slums and villages. Catherine Leroy, Frankie Fitzgerald and Kate Webb were the first female frontline journalists in the history of US war reporting. Over the course of the Vietnam War they challenged the rules and expectations imposed on them, all in an effort to get the story right. Using the stories of Catherine, Frankie and Kate, Elizabeth Becker traces the war in Vietnam from the Tet Offensive to the revolution in Cambodia to the American defeat and aftermath. Kate Webb, an Australian reporter, was captured by the Vietcong only to continue her fearless reporting after her release. Frankie Fitzgerald arrived in Vietnam as a freelancer but her powerful coverage earned her bylines in The New Yorker, and she became the first woman war reporter for the magazine. And at only 22, the French Catherine Leroy was one of the only female photographers in Vietnam. Her work went on to win the highest accolades in photography. All three women achieved something else; they overcame various setbacks and limitations all in pursuit of the truth. This is the story of how three women forged a place for themselves and for generations of female reporters to come.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 070.449 Bec
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2021
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A Thousand May Fall : Life, Death, And Survival In The Union Army
Brian Matthew Jordan
973.7471 Jor
The Bears Ears : A Human History Of America's Most Endangered Wilderness
David Roberts
979.2 Rob
Come Fly The World : The Jet-age Story Of The Women Of Pan Am
Julia Cooke
387.742 Coo
The Black Church : This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song
Henry Louis Gates
277.3 Gat
Dress Codes : How The Laws Of Fashion Made History
Richard T. (Richard Thompson) Ford
391.009 For
The Enlightenment : The Pursuit Of Happiness, 1680-1790
Ritchie Robertson
190 Rob
Economy Hall : The Hidden History Of A Free Black Brotherhood
Fatima Shaik
305.8 Sha
The Invention Of Miracles : Language, Power, And Alexander Graham Bell's Quest To End Deafness
Katie Booth
362.42 Boo
Horizontal Vertigo : A City Called Mexico
Juan Villoro, Alfred J. Mac Adam
972.53 Vil
The Movement : The African American Struggle For Civil Rights
Thomas C. (Thomas Cleveland) Holt
323.1196 Hol
In Search Of A Kingdom : Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, And The Perilous Birth Of The British Empire
Laurence Bergreen
942.055 Ber
The Ravine : A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed
Wendy Lower
940.5318 Low
Our Team : The Epic Story Of Four Men And The World Series That Changed Baseball
Luke Epplin
796.357 Epp
The Western Front : A History Of The Great War, 1914-1918
Nick Lloyd
940.4144 Llo
Radiant : The Dancer, The Scientist, And A Friendship Forged In Light
Liz Lee Heinecke
792.8092 Hei
Traveling Black : A Story Of Race And Resistance
Mia Bay
305.896 Bay
Terror To The Wicked : America's First Trial By Jury That Ended A War And Helped To Form A Nation
Tobey Pearl
364.1523 Pea
Until Justice Be Done : America's First Civil Rights Movement, From The Revolution To Reconstruction
Kate Masur
323.1196 Mas
The Agitators : Three Friends Who Fought For Abolition And Women's Rights
Dorothy Wickenden
974.768 Wic
You Don't Belong Here : How Three Women Rewrote The Story Of War
Elizabeth Becker
070.449 Bec