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  • 8 Dec 2022
    Silhouette of the statue of liberty at sunset
    Salim Yaqub

    A New History of the United States since 1945

    Do we really need another post-1945 history of the United States? That was what I asked myself when a senior editor at Cambridge University Press approached me about writing Winds of Hope, Storms of Discord: The United States Since 1945 in 2017. After all, the academic publishing market already abounded with excellent survey texts covering […]

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  • 23 Jul 2020

    Too Many Police, Too Many Jails

    As Black Lives Matter brings millions together in the mission to end state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism, we want to highlight some of the work we’ve published – or will publish – that supports this movement. This piece is the first in what will be an ongoing series, each one dedicated to a separate issue […]

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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 Jan 2019
    Noah Riseman, R. Scott Sheffield

    Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War

    While accessing oral histories and autobiographical writings about Indigenous participation in the Second World War, I had a strange epiphany: very few firsthand accounts ever explicitly explained why they got involved in the war effort. There were some hints here and there about the economy or tradition, but many Indigenous men and women who enlisted […]

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  • 15 Oct 2018
    Calvin Schermerhorn,

    On the Supreme Court, difficult nominations have led to historical injustices

    Far from being unusual, the hurried and partisan Supreme Court confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh mirrors several notable examples of similarly politicized confirmations in U.S. history. Those conflicts, which ultimately placed justices on the court, yielded some of the most damaging civil rights decisions in our nation’s history. Unlike any other branch of government, Supreme Court justices do not […]

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  • 7 Sep 2018
    Calvin Schermerhorn,

    Prisoner strike exposes an age old American reliance on forced labor

    Prisoners in 17 states and several Canadian provinces are on strike in protest of prison labor conditions. Their demonstrations are compelling Americans to understand that some everyday foods are produced behind bars, for cents on the hour, in a system many call “modern slavery.” Prisoners in the U.S. harvest and process eggs, orange juice, ground […]

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