New Books Network

Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier, “The House on Henry Street: The Enduring Life of a Lower East Side Settlement” (NYU Press, 2020)
On a cold March day in 1893, 26-year-old nurse Lillian Wald rushed through the poverty-stricken streets of New York’s Lower East Side to a squalid bedroom where a young mother lay dying—abandoned by her doctor because she could not pay his fee. The misery in the room and the walk... Read More
M. Ramirez and D. Peterson, “Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Although Latinos are now the largest non-majority group in the United States, existing research on white attitudes toward Latinos has focused almost exclusively on attitudes toward immigration. Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge University Press) changes that. It argues that such accounts fundamentally underestimate the political power of whites’... Read More
Joseph Clark, “News Parade: The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle” (U Minnesota Press, 2020)
When weekly newsreels launched in the early twentieth century, they offered the U.S. public the first weekly record of events that symbolized “indisputable evidence” of the news. In News Parade: The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle (University of Minnesota Press), Joseph Clark examines the history of the newsreel and how... Read More
Mariana Mogilevich, “The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay’s New York” (U Minnesota Press, 2020)
As suburbanization, racial conflict, and the consequences of urban renewal threatened New York City with “urban crisis,” the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay (1966–1973) experimented with a broad array of projects in open spaces to affirm the value of city life. Mariana Mogilevich provides a fascinating history of a... Read More
Postscript: Race, Anger and Citizenship in the USA
How do we have a serious conversation about race that moves beyond the brevity of Twitter or an op-ed? In this episode of Post-Script (a New Books in Political Science series from Lilly Goren and Susan Liebell), three scholars engage in a nuanced and fearless discussion grounded in history, data,... Read More
Pernille Røge, “Economistes and the Reinvention of Empire: France in the Americas and Africa c. 1750-1802” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her new book, Economistes and the Reinvention of Empire: France in the Americas and Africa, c. 1750-1802 (Cambridge UP, 2020), Dr. Pernille Røge charts the confluence and reciprocal impacts of ideas and policies espoused by political economists, colonial administrators, planters, and entrepreneurs to reform the French empire in the... Read More
Roundtable Discussion of Jennifer Morgan’s “Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery” (UPenn Press, 2004)
Welcome to New Books in African American Studies, a channel on the New Books Network. I am your host Adam McNeil. Today is part 2 of my discussion about Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan’s 2004 Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery. Instead of Dr. Morgan, who was featured... Read More
B. Heersink and J. A. Jenkins, “Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1968” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Prior to the 1960s, Democrats were seen as having a lock on the South in national and local electoral politics, while Republicans had strengths in other parts of the country. While this was the case for some time, Boris Heersink and Jeffery A. Jenkins, in their new book,Republican Party Politics and... Read More
Hettie V. Williams, “Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History” (Praeger, 2018)
Black women intellectuals have traditionally been overlooked in the academic study of American intellectual history. Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History (Praeger) highlights the important contributions of both well- and lesser-known abolitionists, civil rights activists, preachers, writers, and artists to all spheres... Read More
Glenda Goodman, “Cultivated by Hand: Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven were all working in Europe during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, so perhaps it is no surprise that musicologists have diligently studied these men and their music. Yet, the musical culture of the generation born around the time of the Revolution in the United... Read More