An Unfamiliar America Essays in American Studies
The Overseers of Early American Slavery Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise
Education and the Racial Dynamics of Settler Colonialism in Early America Georgia and South Carolina, ca. 1700–ca. 1820
Perceptions of China and White House Decision-Making, 1941-1963 Spears of Promise, Shields of Truth
Reagan’s “Boys” and the Children of the Greatest Generation U.S. World War II Memory, 1984 and Beyond
The White House and White Africa Presidential Policy Toward Rhodesia During the UDI Era, 1965-1979
Edited By Ari Helo, Mikko Saikku
November 13, 2020
This collection focuses on conceptions of the unfamiliar from the viewpoint of mainstream American history: aliens, immigrants, ethnic groups, and previously unencountered ideas and ideologies in Trumpian America. The book suggests bringing historical thinking back to the center of American Studies...
By Laura R. Sandy
April 20, 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, ...
By James O’Neil Spady
February 21, 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 ...
By Alexander Polikoff, Elizabeth Lassar
February 13, 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’...
By 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, ...
By 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 ...
By 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 ...
By 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...
Edited By 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...
By 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 ...
By 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, ...
By 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 ...