Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the John S. Redpath ’29 American History Book Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2017-2018 Academic year.
Established in 1994 by an anonymous gift in memory of John S. Redpath, class of 1929, and increased thereafter. Income to be used by the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library to purchase books, computer software and other materials related to American history.
In addition, the following electronic resources are being supported.
Accessible Archives This is a primary source-centric database that covers American history from the 19th century through the early 20th century. Search for newspapers, eyewitness accounts, and more for events such as the Civil War, women’s suffrage, and the abolitionist movement. It also contains a collection of African American newspapers from 1827-1909.
Liberty Magazine (1924-1950)The digital archive for Liberty Magazine, a popular press magazine that covered American popular culture and important topics of the day.
The Times (of London) Digital Archive: 1785-1985The complete digital archive of The Times (London).
Sources in US History:American RevolutionThis digital archive of primary sources documents the revolution and war that created the United States of America, from the earliest protests in 1765 through the peace treaty of 1783..
Sources in US History: Civil WarThis digital archive of primary sources documents the war that transformed America, ending slavery and unifying the nation around the principles of freedom.
Sources in US History: Slavery in AmericaThis digital archive of primary sources provides access to a wide variety of documents, from personal narratives, pamphlets, addresses, political speeches, monographs, and sermons to plays, songs, poetic and fictional works published between the 17th and late 19th centuries.
Smithsonian Collections Online and Magazines: 1970-2010This resource combines rare nineteenth and twentieth century archival materials on such topics as World’s Fairs and trade literature and is paired with modern Smithsonian Magazine and Air & Space Magazine backfiles to present unique and comprehensive insight into history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture.
Daily life through trade : buying and selling in world history
CAMD 305.8 R78C
The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America
REF 304.8 C46AM
American immigration : an encyclopedia of political, social, and cultural change
Summary:"…traces the scope and sweep of U.S. immigration from the earliest settlements to the present, providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of this critically important subject. Every major immigrant group and every era in U.S. history are fully documented and examined through detailed analysis of social, legal, political, economic, and demographic factors. Hot-topic issues and controversies–from Amnesty to the U.S.-Mexican Border–are covered in-depth. Archival and contemporary photographs and illustrations further illuminate the information provided. And dozens of charts and tables provide valuable statistics and comparative data, both historic and current. A special feature of this edition is the inclusion of more than 80 full-text primary documents from 1787 to 2013–laws and treaties, referenda, Supreme Court cases, historical articles, and letters." — Publisher’s description.
Between the wars, 1919-1939
Summary:"At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War" was his bleak response. In Between the Wars Philip Ziegler examines the major international turning points – cultural and social as well as political and military – that led the world from one war to another. His perspective is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, giving equal weight to Gandhi’s March to the Sea and the Japanese invasion of China as to Hitler’s rise to power. It is the tragic story of a world determined that the horrors of the First World War would never be repeated yet committed to a path which in hindsight was inevitably destined to end in a second, even more devastating conflict"–,"A panoramic view, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, that led from one world war to another"–
Slavery and servitude in colonial North America : a short history
Summary:Kenneth Morgan shows how the institutions of indentured servitude and black slavery interacted in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He covers all aspects of the two labor systems, including their impact on the economy, on racial attitudes, social structures and on regional variations within the colonies. Throughout, overriding themes emerge: the labor market in North America for indentured servants, the significance of racial distinctions, supply and demand factors in transatlantic migration and labor, and resistance to bondage.
Age of fracture
Summary:In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the ideas that most Americans lived by started to fragment. Mid-century concepts of national consensus, managed markets, gender and racial identities, citizen obligation, and historical memory became more fluid. Flexible markets pushed aside Keynesian macroeconomic structures. Racial and gender solidarity divided into multiple identities; community responsibility shrank to smaller circles. In this wide-ranging narrative, Daniel Rodgers shows how the collective purposes and meanings that had framed social debate became unhinged and uncertain. Age of Fracture offers a powerful reinterpretation of the ways in which the decades surrounding the 1980s changed America. Through a contagion of visions and metaphors, on both the intellectual right and the intellectual left, earlier notions of history and society that stressed solidity, collective institutions, and social circumstances gave way to a more individualized human nature that emphasized choice, agency, performance, and desire. On a broad canvas that includes Michel Foucault, Ronald Reagan, Judith Butler, Charles Murray, Jeffrey Sachs, and many more, Rodgers explains how structures of power came to seem less important than market choice and fluid selves. Cutting across the social and political arenas of late-twentieth-century life and thought, from economic theory and the culture wars to disputes over poverty, color-blindness, and sisterhood, Rodgers reveals how our categories of social reality have been fractured and destabilized. As we survey the intellectual wreckage of this war of ideas, we better understand the emergence of our present age of uncertainty.
From the ashes : making sense of Waco
Beyond Rosie the Riveter : women of World War II in American popular graphic art
Summary:Examines the depiction of women in World War II popular visual art, showing that it reflected decidedly mixed feelings about the status of women in American society. Dispels the popular belief that World War II was a halcyon age for women’s rights in America.
Cowboys as cold warriors : the Western and U.S. history
Popular culture in American history
American panic : a history of who scares us and why
Summary:"In American Panic, New York Times bestselling author Mark Stein traces the history and consequences of American political panics through the years. Virtually every American, on one level or another, falls victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda that accompanies political panic, regardless of their own personal affiliations. By highlighting the similarities between American political panics from the Salem witch hunt to present-day vehemence over issues such as Latino immigration, gay marriage, and the construction of mosques, Stein closely examines just what it is that causes us as a nation to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound change. This book also devotes chapters to African Americans, Native Americans, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Chinese and Japanese peoples, communists, capitalists, women, and a highly turbulent but largely forgotten panic over Freemasons. Striking similarities in these diverse episodes are revealed in primary documents Stein has unearthed, in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today. As these similarities come to light, Stein reveals why some people become panicked over particular issues when others do not"–
Common sense nation : unlocking the forgotten power of the American idea
Summary:""We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We have heard and read this sentence all our lives. It is perfectly familiar. But if we pause long enough to ask ourselves why Jefferson wrote it in exactly this way, questions quickly arise. Jefferson chose to use rather special and very precise terms. He did not simply claim that we have these rights; he claimed they are unalienable. Why "unalienable"? Unalienable, of course, means not alienable. Why was the distinction between alienable and unalienable rights so important to the Founders that it made its way into the Declaration? For that matter, where did it come from? You might almost get the impression that the Founders’ examination of our rights had focused on alienable versus unalienable rights-and you would be correct. In addition, the Declaration does not simply claim that these are truths; it claims they are self-evident truths. Why "self-evident"? The Declaration’s special claim about its truths, it turns out, is the result of those same deliberations as a result of which, in the words of George Washington, "the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined than at any former period." If a friendly visitor from another country sat you down and asked you with sincere interest why the Declaration highlights these very special terms, could you answer them clearly and accurately and with confidence? Would you like to be able to? "–
McDonald’s : behind the arches