New Books Network

Pekka Hämäläinen, “Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power” (Yale UP, 2019)
The names of Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse are often readily recognized among many Americans. Yet the longer, dynamic history of the Lakota – a history from which these three famous figures were created – remains largely untold. In Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (Yale,... Read More
Wendy Wickwire, “At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging” (UBC Press, 2019)
The history of anthropology remembers James Teit as a field assistant and man-on-the spot for Franz Boas. But in At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (University of British Columbia Press, 2019). Wendy Wickwire turns this picture upside down, revealing Teit to be a superb ethnographer in his... Read More
Karen Routledge, “Do You See Ice?: Inuit and Americans at Home and Away” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
In the 1800s, explorers and whalers returning home from the Arctic described a cold, desolate world, one that could swallow up expeditions without leaving a trace. But this did not describe the Arctic of the Inuit, who called this world their home. Karen Routledge tells the story of Baffin Island’s... Read More
Kathleen M. McIntyre, “Protestantism and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca” (U New Mexico Press, 2019)
Dr. Kathleen M. McIntyre’s Protestantism and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) explores the impact of Protestantism on Catholic indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca in the period directly following the Mexican Revolution 1910-1920. Dr. McIntyre’s work illustrates that conversion to Protestantism,... Read More
David J. Silverman, “This Land Is Their Land” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
What really happened at “the first Thanksgiving”? In This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving (Bloomsbury, 2019), historian David J. Silverman reveals the complex history surrounding the 1621 feast that every November many Americans associate with silver-buckled Pilgrim costumes, Squanto and... Read More
Jared Hardesty, “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England” (Bright Leaf, 2019)
Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in seventeenth-century New England, they began to import Africans and capture the area’s indigenous peoples as slaves. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4 percent of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and... Read More
Paul Musselwhite, “Urban Dreams, Rural Commonwealth: The Rise of Plantation Society in the Chesapeake” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Early American colonialism is often distinguished by an urban and rural divide. Urban development was a sign of imperial progress. British writers frequently boasted about the size of early Boston and Philadelphia while mocking the scattered settlements of the French. Colonial founders characterized their social experiment as a ‘City on... Read More