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White Fragility

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

"[Explores] the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality"--OCLC.

The Race Beat

Reveals how the American press, after decades of ignoring the problem, began to explore the indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South, profiling key articles related to the civil rights struggle and instances of racial inequality.

Head and Heart

Examines the history of the relationship between Christianity and government in the U.S., discussing the separation of church and state, describing patterns of religious fervor and cooldown, and arguing that the Religious Right poses a threat to enlightened religion in America.

The Origins of the Urban Crisis

Explores why Detroit and other industrial cities have been plagued by persistent racialized poverty, arguing that urban decline is the result of the social programs and racial tensions of the 1960s.

The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom

Presents three expansive essays on factors overlooked with regard to African-American history, covering topics such as the geographical extent of slavery in the U.S., a largely ignored slave rebellion that occurred during the Civil War, and other active and powerful underground emancipation activities.

The Second Coming of the KKK : The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Examines the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1920s as an organization of white, Protestant, native-born citizens who combined Christian values with racial bigotry to become a major political force.

From Colony to Superpower : U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776

Examines United States foreign relations since 1776.

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy : How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

"Historian Walter A. McDougall argues ... that a pervasive but radically changing faith that 'God is on our side' has inspired U.S. foreign policy ever since 1776 ... [A] study of the role played by civil religion in U.S. foreign relations over the entire course of the country's history, McDougall's book explores [what he argues is a] ... deeply infused religious rhetoric that has sustained and driven an otherwise secular republic through peace, war, and global interventions for more than two hundred years"--Provided by publisher.

The Spy and the Traitor : The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

"Oleg Gordievsky took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. The CIA officer assigned to identify him was Aldrich Ames, who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets"--OCLC.

Industry and Empire : From 1750 to the Present Day

A history of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain that examines its effects on Britain's people, agriculture, and land, as well as the world economy, chronicling Britain's background and subsequent changes relating to the Industrial Revolution from 1750 through the twentieth century.

Lords of Finance : The Bankers Who Broke the World

Details how decisions made by the heads of four central banks--Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, Émile Moreau of the Banque de France, Hjalmar Schacht of the Reichsbank, and Benjamin Strong of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York--created the catalyst that lead to the Great Depression.

Fugitive Justice : Runaways, Rescuers, and Slavery on Trial

Provides detailed accounts of three fugitive slave trials that took place in the United States during the 1850s, examining how runaway slaves increased tensions that led to the Civil War, describing the origins of civil disobedience as a legal defense, and discussing the development of the northern antislavery movement.

Fugitive Slave on Trial : The Anthony Burns Case and Abolitionist Outrage

Chronicles the case of Anthony Burns, a runaway slave who was tracked to Boston where his legal status was determined.

Brown v. Board of Education : A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy

Chronicles the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education and examines questions regarding the case's influence on civil rights and desegregation in the years since it was fought.

Notorious RBG : The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Profiles the life of feminist pioneer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for gender equality and civil rights.

Bellevue : Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital

Captures the history of Bellevue Hospital in New York City's East Side, interweaving the evolution of American medicine with the precarious survival of its patients.

Drugs and Drug Policy in America : A Documentary History

A collection of more than 250 primary documents related to drug use and abuse and the controversy over drug laws in America, including court case documents, speeches, opinion pieces, and other sources.

The War on Drugs: A Failed Experiment

Insight into the history of drug use and abuse in the twentieth century; the pharmacology of illegal drugs; the economy of the illegal drug trade; and the complete lack of success that the war on drugs has had on drug cartels and the drug supply.Discussion of what can and is being done in Canada, the U.S., and the rest of the world to move on from the "war" and find better ways to address the issue of illegal drugs and their distribution, use, and abuse. 

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

"Recounts the tragic role that some African Americans--as judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--played in escalating the war on crime"--Provided by publisher.

Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

"Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no."--Jacket flap.

Pandora's Lab : Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong

Describes seven examples of scientific discoveries championed as breakthroughs of their time that turned out to be devastatingly destructive, including the refinement of opium into heroin (and also aspirin, heroin, morphine and oxycodone), the invention of margarine, ammonia, lobotomy, the vitamin and supplements industry, DDT, and the rise of eugenics. A fascinating and sometimes shocking look at how science can sometimes lead to disaster.

The Scientific Revolution and the Foundations of Modern Science

Explains how the pursuit of natural philosophy from 1500 to 1700 laid the foundation upon which modern science was built, describing how dramatic social and cultural changes in Western Europe and the achievements of influential philosophers and scientists led to profound changes in how the natural world was studied.

Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

Calculus helps explain theories of the universe--Newton’s Laws, Maxwell’s Equations, quantum theory--but also allows scientists to create applied technologies like GP or to fine-tune triple-drug therapies to combat the HIV. Mathematician Steven Strogatz takes readers on a journey around the world, detailing the bright ideas that contributed to modern calculus and citing the many ways those mathematical ideas have changed the world. -- Science Friday

Spying on Whales : The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

Tracing the evolution of whales from small land-roamers to the intelligent, massive creatures of today, an award-winning Smithsonian researcher shares scientific and archaeological insights into their mysteries and survival challenges.

That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour

The author shares her journey of understanding the role of medicine and quality-of-life care as she waits for her mother to exit the OR, as she completes her time as a medical student, and as she connects with her family and the patients she cares for.

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

"Traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of "shrinks" to its late blooming maturity--beginning after World War II--as a science-driven profession that saves lives"--Provided by publisher.

Aids at 30: A History

Discusses the history of HIV/AIDS and analyzes how aspects of society advanced or hindered the response to the diesase, and illustrates how medicine identifies and evaluates new infectious diseases quickly and what political and cultural factors affect the medical community's response.

And the Band Played On : Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

An investigative account of the medical, sexual, and scientific questions surrounding the spread of AIDS across the country.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes : A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies

Chronicles the life of Elizebeth Friedman, who played a role in our nation's history for forty years. She used her cryptography skills to hunt Nazi spies, steal enemy secrets during both world wars, and helped to shape the history of code-breaking.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

"Noah's unlikely path from apartheid S. Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. He was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison .... It is also the story of of his relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save him from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would threaten her own life"


"Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality"--OCLC.

The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

A collection of essays and book reviews that analyze and critique the works of a number of noted historians including Robert Middlekauff's, "The Glorious Cause;" and examines the changes in historical scholarship over the decades.

The 1990s

Presents a chronological overview of the political, economic, and cultural events of the United States during the 1990s, discussing changes in attitudes in families, education, gender, race and other more.

Contesting the Renaissance

Caferro analyzes the Renaissance and questions historian Jacob Burckhardt's belief that it was the start of modernity, logic, progress, and the individual.

The Reformation Era

Provides background on the Reformation Era, a period that ranged from Martin Luther's posting of his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church door at Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517, to the mid-seventeenth century, looking at the Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, Radical, and Catholic Reformations, and discussing their social and political consequences.

The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II : Detention of American Citizens

Combines historical information with photographs, primary source excerpts, and first-person narratives to examine the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and its implications.

Agent Zigzag : A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

Presents the true story of Eddie Chapman, who became one of the most successful double agents of World War II; and describes how he trained as a German spy in occupied France, parachuted into England, and immediately contacted MI5, the British Secret Service.

Contesting the French Revolution

Explores the events that led up to the French Revolution, highlights key moments, battles, and people who shaped the conflict, and discusses the impact the war had on the world.

Encounters in the New World : A History in Documents

A collection of documents illustrating encounters between Native American peoples and a variety of European newcomers from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Includes maps, journals, advertisements, and letters.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee : Native America from 1890 to the Present

Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance.

The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal

Explores the events surrounding the removal of Native American tribes along the Trail of Tears in 1838, explaining the government's motives and the devastating impact their actions had on the country's Native American population.

Stony the Road : Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

"A . . . rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind"--Amazon.

The Brief American Pageant : A History of the Republic.

If you think American history can't be entertaining, think again. THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT presents a concise and vivid chronological narrative up to 1877, focusing on the central themes and great public debates that have dominated American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the text's trademark wit keep you engaged and make learning America's history an exciting and lively experience. Focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, and marginal glossaries ensure that you understand and retain the material.

The Story of America : Essays on Origins

Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories, from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address, to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print.

These Truths: A History of the United States

"[This] investigation places truth itself--a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence--at the center of the nation's history. The American experiment rests on three ideas--'these truths,' Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? . . . 'These truth' tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation's truths, or belied them"--Provided by publisher.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

An esteemed historian and author chronicles America's never-ending fight to live up to her ideals. He shows readers moments throughout the nation's history, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movements, to guide them in understanding American politics today.

The Eleventh Day : The Full Story of 9/11

Drawing from thousands of recently released official documents and new interviews, this book chronicles the events of September 11, 2001 discussing the experiences of the pilots, terrorists, passengers, and civilians who died on the ground; and looks at the United States government's mistakes before and after the attacks.

The Scratch of a Pen : 1763 and the Transformation of North America

Traces the history of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Seven Years' War, and explores how the Treaty set in motion an unexpected series of consequences that changed the history of North America.

Freedom Just Around the Corner : A New American History, 1585-1828

Chronicles American history from the beginnings of English expansion to the election of Andrew Jackson, debunking myths and discussing the shaping of the American character.

The American Revolution: A World War

"An illustrated collection of essays that explores the international dimensions of the American Revolution and its legacies in both America and around the world."--Provided by publisher.

Washington's Crossing

Chronicles the events of December 25, 1776 through January 3, 1777, when George Washington led American troops across the Delaware River and launched an attack on the British Army that marked a turning point in the battle for independence.

The Whites of Their Eyes : The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History

Argues that the Republican far right has embraced an inaccurate history of the founding of the United States, and that it is the yearning for this idealized time that has inspired such movements as the Tea Party's Revolution.

The Glorious Cause : The American Revolution, 1763-1789

A history of the Revolutionary War from the French and Indian War to the selection of George Washington as the first president, chronicling the conflict with England, the political and economic struggles within the colonies, key events which sparked the conflict, and people who were instrumental in bringing independence.

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Presents a comprehensive look into the life and reputation of American patriot, statesman, and inventor, Benjamin Franklin during the early days of the American Revolution, and examines the impact he had on both American and French society.

The Idea of America : Reflections on the Birth of the United States

A collection of essays in which American historian Gordon S. Wood explains the significance of the American Revolution, reflects on the birth of a nation, and discusses the ideological origins of American democracy.

War of 1812

Provides an account of the War of 1812, in which the United States became caught up in Britain's war with France, discusses the objectives and strategies of the combatants, looks at key battles and leaders, and considers the significance of the conflict.

The Rise of American Democracy : Jefferson to Lincoln

Examines the history of American democracy in the years after the Revolutionary War to the beginning of the Civil War, and describes the framing of the Constitution, Jeffersonians and Federalists, fugitive slaves, and other fundamental ideas and events that helped to shape the political structure of the nation.

The Captive's Quest for Freedom : Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery

"Explores the impact fugitive slaves had on the politics of the critical decade leading up to the Civil War"--Amazon.

Beyond the Battlefield : Race, Memory, & the American Civil War

Contains twelve lectures and essays in which the author explores the meaning of the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War, the nature of African-American history, and the character and purpose of the study of historical memory.

Race and Reunion : the Civil War in American Memory

Explores how Americans' memories and perceptions about the Civil War have changed throughout history, and discusses how the country's collective thoughts about the war have affected race relations.

Civil War and Reconstruction

Series:  Eyewitness History by Facts on File.

Draws from diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper articles to provide firsthand perspectives on the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and includes narratives that chart the history of period, a chronology, excerpts from critical documents of the time, profiles of key individuals, maps, and photographs.

The Civil War and Reconstruction : 1860 to 1876

Series: Handbook to life in America ; v. 3
Draws from diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper articles to provide firsthand perspectives on the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and includes narratives that chart the history of period, a chronology, excerpts from critical documents of the time, profiles of key individuals, maps, and photographs.

The Road to Disunion

A political and social history of the Southern United States from 1854 to 1861, focusing on the people and events that led the South to secede from the Union, including the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, and the election of Abraham Lincoln.

Prologue to Conflict

A comprehensive overview of the Compromise of 1850 that examines the political, social, and economic events that caused it and the impact it had on the future of the United States.

The American Civil War

Presents a narrative history of key issues of the American Civil War, eighteen biographical sketches of important civilian, military, and political figures, and sixteen annotated primary documents plus illustrations, maps, and chronology.