The Best American History Essays 2006

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This collection brings to the public ten of the best articles in American history published in the last year and selected from over three hundred learned and popular journals. Topics range from the general to the specific and cover all aspects of American history, from the early days of the republic through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights and showcases the questions that today's historians are asking.

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Overview

This collection brings to the public ten of the best articles in American history published in the last year and selected from over three hundred learned and popular journals. Topics range from the general to the specific and cover all aspects of American history, from the early days of the republic through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights and showcases the questions that today's historians are asking.

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"These essays do indeed represent some of the best work in American history during the past year. Historians will find new approaches, new information, and fresh interpretations. Sample one or two of the essays in your own special field of interest, and you will be tempted to read on until you have absorbed them all."—James M. McPherson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403968524
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Series: Best American History Essays
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

The Organization of American Historians was founded in 1907 and publishes the Journal of American History. The largest international learned society devoted to American history, it has 9,000 members in the U.S. and around the world. Joyce Appleby is professor emerita, University of California, Los Angeles, and was president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Inventing the presidency 11
Ch. 2 "Divide et Impera" : Federalist 10 in a wider sphere 27
Ch. 3 "Overrun with free Negroes" : emancipation and wartime migration in the upper Midwest 61
Ch. 4 The work ethic of plain folk labor and religion in the Old South 89
Ch. 5 "'It was like all of us had been raped' : sexual violence, community mobilization and the African-American freedom struggle" 123
Ch. 6 Popular culture in the age of white flight : film noir, Disneyland, and the Cold War (sub)urban imaginary 151
Ch. 7 Sing Sheng vs. Southwood : residential integration in Cold War California 173
Ch. 8 Murder and biblical memory : the legend of Vernon Johns 201
Ch. 9 Affirmative action from below : civil rights, the building trades, and the politics of racial equality in the urban North, 1945-1969 231
Ch. 10 The suburban origins of "color-blind" conservatism : middle-class consciousness in the Charlotte busing crisis 263
Other articles nominated for the 2006 competition 295
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