New Books Network

Polly E. Bugros McLean, “Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High” (UP of Colorado, 2018)
In 1918 Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, becoming its first female African American graduate (though she was not allowed to “walk” at graduation, nor is she pictured in the 1918 CU yearbook). In Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and... Read More
Thomas Richards Jr., “Breakaway Americas: The Unmanifest Future of Jacksonian America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)
In Breakaway Americas: The Unmanifest Future of Jacksonian America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), Thomas Richards Jr., a history teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, argues that the map of North America was not preordained. Richards uses the Republic of Texas, the 1830s Patriot War, the Mormon exodus, and several... Read More
Jennifer L. Holland, “Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement” (U California Press, 2020)
Sandie Holguín speaks with Jennifer L. Holland about her book, Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement (University of California Press, 2020). In addition to her book, Dr. Holland has recently published an article in Feminist Studies, “‘Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust’: Children and Young Adults in the Anti-Abortion... Read More
Nancy Beck Young, “Two Suns of the Southwest” (U Kansas Press, 2019)
What does the 1964 presidential election have to teach us about party dynamics, civil rights and polarization? While many scholars have treated the dramatic candidates and characters such as Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater, Nancy Beck Young’s Two Suns of the Southwest: Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, and the 1964... Read More
Romeo Guzman et al., “East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Romeo Guzman’s and his colleague’s East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte (Rutgers University Press, 2020) is an edited collection of thirty-one essays that trace the experience of a California community over three centuries, from eighteenth-century Spanish colonization to twenty-first century globalization. Employing traditional historical scholarship, oral history,... Read More
Michele Wakin, “Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise” (Lynne Rienner, 2020)
Michele Wakin’s new book Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2020) is an up-close exploration of the evolution that has taken place with unsheltered homelessness. She provided an evocative portrait of a jungle encampment that has endured since the Great Depression in one of the wealthiest... Read More
Betsy Gaines Quammen, “American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West” (Torrey House, 2020)
In 2014, the cattle rancher Cliven Bundy entered the national spotlight after a showdown against federal officials over grazing rights on public lands. Two years later, his sons seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and occupied it for forty days with militia and sovereign citizen groups. As journalists rushed... Read More
Christian Wright, “Carbon County, USA: Miners for Democracy in Utah and the West” (U Utah Press, 2020)
During the early 1970s, a movement of rank-and-file coal miners rose up in Appalachia to challenge mine bosses and stodgy union officials. They sought greater control over the workplace and a broadened vision of industrial power. Calling themselves the “Miners For Democracy,” these reformers gained short-lived control over the union’s ... Read More
John Weber, “From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century” (UNC Press, 2015)
John Weber, Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University, discusses his book, From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), migrant agricultural labor, immigration policy, and the long-term impacts of the labor relations model that developed... Read More