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Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, And Rebellion Before The Sixties - Amanda H. Littauer

In this innovative and revealing study of midcentury American sex and culture, Amanda Littauer traces the origins of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. She argues that sexual liberation was much more than a reaction to 1950s repression because ......

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Florynce "flo" Kennedy: The Life Of A Black Feminist Radical - Sherie M. Randolph

Often photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first biography of Kennedy, Sherie M.......

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Many Excellent People: Power And Privilege In North Carolina, 1850-1900 - Paul D. Escott

Many Excellent People examines the nature of North Carolina's social system, particularly race and class relations, power, and inequality, during the last half of the nineteenth century. Paul Escott portrays North Carolina's major social groups, f......

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From Catharine Beecher To Martha Stewart: A Cultural History Of Domestic Advice - Sarah A. Leavitt

Today's domestic-advice writers--women such as Martha Stewart, Cheryl Mendelson, and B. Smith--are part of a long tradition, notes Sarah Leavitt. Their success rests on a legacy of literature that has focused on the home as an expression of ideals......

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Strangers Below: Primitive Baptists And American Culture - Joshua Guthman

Before the Bible Belt fastened itself across the South, competing factions of evangelicals fought over their faith's future, and a contrarian sect, self-named the Primitive Baptists, made its stand. Joshua Guthman here tells the story of how a ban......

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Unnatural Selections: Eugenics In American Modernism And The Harlem Renaissance - Daylanne K. English

Challenging conventional constructions of the Harlem Renaissance and American modernism, Daylanne English links writers from both movements to debates about eugenics in the Progressive Era. She argues that, in the 1920s, the form and content of wr......

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Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, And Spectacles In Cuba And Puerto Rico, 1898-1956 - Reinaldo L. Román

Freedom of religion did not come easily to Cuba or Puerto Rico. Only after the arrival of American troops during the Spanish-American War were non-Catholics permitted to practice their religions openly and to proselytize. When government efforts t......

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Past Into Present: Effective Techniques For First-person Historical Interpretation - Stacy F. Roth

First-person interpretation--the portrayal of historicalcharacters through interactive dramatization or roleplaying--isan effective, albeit controversial, method used to bring historyto life at museums, historic sites, and other public venues.Stac......

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We Mean To Be Counted: White Women And Politics In Antebellum Virginia - Elizabeth R. Varon

Over the past two decades, historians have successfully disputedthe notion that American women remained wholly outside the realm of politics until the early twentieth century. Still, a consensus has prevailed that, unlike their Northern counterpar......

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Real Native Genius: How An Ex-slave And A White Mormon Became Famous Indians - Angela Pulley Hudson

In the mid-1840s, Warner McCary, an ex-slave from Mississippi, claimed a new identity for himself, traveling around the nation as Choctaw performer "Okah Tubbee." He soon married Lucy Stanton, a divorced white Mormon woman from New York, who likew......

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Gardening With Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-true Flowers, Fruits, And Vegetables For A New Generation - Lynn Coulter

Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer's crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They're living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. T......

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The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants And The Power Of The Past - Margaret Bendroth

Congregationalists, the oldest group of American Protestants, are the heirs of New England's first founders. While they were key characters in the story of early American history, from Plymouth Rock and the founding of Harvard and Yale to the Revo......

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Children Of The Father King: Youth, Authority, And Legal Minority In Colonial Lima - Bianca Premo

In a pioneering study of childhood in colonial Spanish America, Bianca Premo examines the lives of youths in the homes, schools, and institutions of the capital city of Lima, Peru. Situating these young lives within the framework of law and intell......

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Separate Peoples, One Land: The Minds Of Cherokees, Blacks, And Whites On The Tennessee Frontier - Cynthia Cumfer

Exploring the mental worlds of the major groups interacting in a borderland setting, Cynthia Cumfer offers a broad, multiracial intellectual and cultural history of the Tennessee frontier in the Revolutionary and early national periods, leading up......

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Conceiving The Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, And The Family In The United States, 1890-1938 - Laura L. Lovett

Through nostalgic idealizations of motherhood, family, and the home, influential leaders in early twentieth-century America constructed and legitimated a range of reforms that promoted human reproduction. Their pronatalism emerged from a modernist......

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In The Shadow Of Auschwitz: The Polish Government-in-exile And The Jews, 1939-1942 - David Engel

The announcement in December 1942 by the Polish government-in-exile that the Germans were attempting to exterminate all Jews in Poland came after much information had reached the West through other sources. The Polish government's action and inac......

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Wives Without Husbands: Marriage, Desertion, And Welfare In New York, 1900-1935 - Anna R. Igra

Shedding new light on contemporary campaigns to encourage marriage among welfare recipients and to prosecute "deadbeat dads," Wives without Husbands traces the efforts of Progressive reformers to make "runaway husbands" support their families. Ann......

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