New Books Network

James Schwoch, “Wired into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
It’s been called the first Internet. In the nineteenth century, the telegraph spun a world wide web of cables and poles, carrying electronic signals with unprecedented speed. In order to connect the entire American continent, however, the telegraph had to cross western territory, which brought a host of challenges, conflicts,... Read More
Janne Lahti, “The American West and the World: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives” (Routledge, 2019)
One of the enduring questions in American historiography is: just where exactly is the West? In The American West and the World: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2019), Dr. Janne Lahti argues compellingly that the West is a place on the globe, very much interconnected with worldwide currents of history. Lahti,... Read More
Farina King, “The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
When the young Diné boy Hopi-Hopi ran away from the Santa Fe Indian Boarding School in the early years of the twentieth century, he carried with him no paper map to guide his way home. Rather, he used knowledge of the region, of the stars, and of the Southwest’s ecology... Read More
Joe Jackson, “Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary” (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2016)
Black Elk witnessed some of the most monumental moments in the history of the Lakota and the Northern Great Plains: Red Cloud’s War, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the murder of Crazy Horse, Wounded Knee. In his compelling new biography, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (Farrar, Strauss,... Read More
Kellie Jones, “South of Pico: African American Artists in the 1960s and 1970s” (Duke UP, 2017)
New York City might have been the epicenter of the twentieth century American art scene, but Los Angeles was no slouch either, writes Kellie Jones in South of Pico: African American Artists in the 1960s and 1970s (Duke University Press, 2017). Dr. Jones, Professor of Art History at Columbia University and... Read More
Joshua Reid, “The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs” (Yale UP, 2015)
In 1999, the Makahs went out on the Pacific for their first whale hunt in over seventy years. The event drew protests from animal rights activists and local (mostly white) Washingtonians. But to the Makahs, the event was a cause for celebration. Why did the whale hunt hold such divergent... Read More
Brenden W. Rensink, “Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands” (Texas A&M UP, 2018)
In his new book Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2018), Brenden W. Rensink asks the question “How do national borders affect and react to Native identity?” To answer this question he compares indigenous peoples who traversed North American borders in... Read More