The Best American History Essays 2008

Overview

This third annual volume from the Organization of American Historians, containing the best American history articles published between the summers of 2006 and 2007, provides a quick and comprehensive overview of the top work and the current intellectual trends in the field of American history. With contributions from a diverse group of historians, this collection appeals both to scholars and to lovers of history alike.

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Overview

This third annual volume from the Organization of American Historians, containing the best American history articles published between the summers of 2006 and 2007, provides a quick and comprehensive overview of the top work and the current intellectual trends in the field of American history. With contributions from a diverse group of historians, this collection appeals both to scholars and to lovers of history alike.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The 2008 edition of this ongoing project presents ten pieces that demonstrate the virtues of article-length historical scholarship. Each of this book’s four featured essays within the field of southern history demonstrates this blend of interpretive clarity and focused archival research.”—The Jourbanal of Southern History
 
"This splendid gathering of uniformly excellent and multifariously focused annual history essays is an intellectual feast and a professional benchmark."
—David Levering Lewis, Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History, NYU
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230605916
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Series: Best American History Essays
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

The Organization of American Historians is the largest learned society devoted to the study of American history. Since its founding in 1907, the OAH has promoted the study and teaching of the American past through its many activities.

David Roediger (Editor) is the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of numerous books, including Our Own Time: A History of American Labor and the Working Day (with Philip S. Foner), The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class, and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness.

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Table of Contents

"Chinese Exclusion, Photography, and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy" by Anna Pelger-Gordon
• "From Crop Lien to Contract Farming: The Roots of Agribusiness in the American South, 1929-1939" by Monica Richmond Gisolfi
• "Rocking the Cradle: Downsizing the New England Family" by Gloria L. Main
• "Exceptionalism and Globalism: Travel Writers and the Nineteenth-Century American West" by David M. Wrobel
• "Class War? Class Struggles during the American Revolution in Virginia" by Michael McDonnell
• "'I have . . . a lot of work to do': Cotton Mill Work and Women's Culture in Matoaca, Virginia, 1888-95" by Beth English
• "'It is His First Offense. We Might As Well Let Him Go': Homicide and Criminal Justice in Chicago, 1875-1920" by Jeffrey S. Adler
• "Educating the Eye: Body Mechanics and Streamlining in the United States, 1925–1950" by Carma R. Gorman
• "The Grape Vine Telegraph: Rumors and Confederate Persistence" by Jason Phillips
• "'They Are Ancestral Homelands': Race, Place, and Politics in Cold War Native America, 1945–1961" by Paul C. Rosier

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