New Books Network

Farzaneh Hemmasi, “Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California’s Iranian Pop Music” (Duke UP, 2020)
Farzaneh is the author of Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California’s Iranian Pop Music (Duke UP, 2020). The title obviously refers the song “California Dreamin’,” but in this case the “Dreaming” refers to the active imagining, or reimagining, of Iranian and Persian identity by the artistic community that... Read More
Laura J. Arata, “Race and the Wild West” (U Oklahoma Press, 2020)
After Laura Arata first visited Virginia City, Montana in graduate school, she became fascinated by the story of one historical figure—Sarah Bickford, a former slave, who migrated to this frontier, mining town in the late 1860s, and became a prominent business owner who promoted tourism at the site of a... Read More
Andrew C. Isenberg, “The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920” (Cambridge UP, 2000)
In 1800, tens of millions of bison roamed the North American Great Plains. By 1900, fewer than 1,000 remained. In The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2000), the University of Kansas Hall Distinguished Professor of History Andrew C. Isenberg explains how this ecological calamity came... Read More
Sherry L. Smith, “Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America” (Heyday Books, 2020)
The opening years of the twentieth century saw a grand cast of radicals and reformers fighting for a new America, seeking change not only in labor picket lines and at women’s suffrage rallies but also in homes and bedrooms. In the thick of this heady milieu were Sara Bard Field... Read More
Mark Santiago, “A Bad Peace and A Good War: Spain and the Mescalero Apache Uprising of 1795-1799” (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)
In August 1795, Apaches wiped out two Spanish patrols In the desert borderlands of the what is today the American Southwest and Mexican north. This attack ended what had bene an uneasy peace between various Apache groups and the Spanish Empire. In A Bad Peace and A Good War: Spain... Read More
David R. B. Beck, “Unfair Labor?: American Indians and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was in many ways the crowning event of the nineteenth century United States. Held in Chicago, the metropolis of the West, and visited by tens of millions of people from around the world, it showcased America’s past, present, and future. And Indigenous people were there... Read More
Colin Woodard, “Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood” (Viking, 2020)
Colin Woodard‘s new book Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood (Viking, 2020) tells the story of the struggle to create a national myth for the United States, one that could hold its rival regional cultures together and forge, for the first time, an American nationhood.... Read More
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