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  • 14 Jul 2023
    Matthew Titolo

    Privatization and Its Discontents

    Infrastructure and privatization are enduring topics in modern political discourse. Privatization and Its Discontents: Infrastructure, Law, and American History places these contemporary hot topics in perspective, identifying today’s debates as deeper problems within liberal statecraft that are of long historical vintage. In the American context, infrastructure has been created through models of public-private governance, and […]

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  • 11 May 2021
    Naoko Wake

    American Survivors

    The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are often understood in dichotomy: Americans as those who used the bombs, the Japanese as those affected. I wanted to break the dichotomy by writing a history of American survivors—Japanese Americans and Korean Americans—who were in either city in 1945. Their stories have surprisingly unspooled many […]

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  • 27 Oct 2020
    Simon J. Gilhooley

    The 1836 Election and the modern fight for the SCOTUS

    The emergence of a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court just a few weeks before the general election, and the hasty efforts to fill that seat with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has made constitutional interpretation a live political issue once again. Opinion pieces and pundits are arguing back and forth over the legitimacy of “originalism,” […]

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  • 3 Apr 2020
    Ben Marsh

    Silk in the Atlantic World – a dream unravelled?

    How we understand and respond to failure is one of the most defining features of how our lives pan out. Some people refuse to fail. Some people expect to fail. Some people always hide from their own failings (most of these currently seem to be in politics). Others always look for failings in themselves, or […]

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  • 9 Aug 2019
    Jeffrey L. Gould

    Solidarity Under Siege and Immigration Crisis

    Alejandro Molina Lara, Gloria García, and Ana Alvarenga, the key protagonists in Solidarity Under Siege, all emigrated to North America. During the 1980s, Salvadoran death squads drove them to El Norte. In the early 1990s, many union activists, like Angel Escobar, were blacklisted from the fishing industry while others fled the tropical deindustrialization that accompanied […]

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  • 4 Mar 2019
    Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie

    Rebellious Passage: The Creole Revolt and America’s Coastal Slave Trade

    Written with verve and commitment, 'Rebellious Passage' chronicles the first comprehensive history of the ship revolt, its consequences, and its relevance to global modern slavery.

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  • 30 Mar 2018
    Lyndon Johnson announcing is intention not to run for re-election
    Kyle Longley

    LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval

    Author Kyle Longley joins Cambridge University Press Senior Editor Deborah Gershenowitz to discuss his new book, LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval.

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  • 10 Nov 2017
    Jay Winter

    Commemorating catastrophe

    One hundred years after the United States’ entry into the 1914–18 world war, what aspects of this vast global conflict, and of America’s role in it, are worthy of commemoration? First and foremost, we remember the ten million men all over the world who lost their lives in the war. Indeed, remembering this “Lost Generation” is […]

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