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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
by Louis Menand
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The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History. A riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought. The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about... (read more)

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We Called Each Other Comrade: Charles H. Kerr & Company, Radical Publishers
We Called Each Other Comrade: Charles H. Kerr & Company, Radical Publishers
by Allen Ruff
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Featuring a new foreword and comprehensive bibliography of all titles published by Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, this updated record chronicles the history of the most significant translator, publisher, and distributor of left-wing literature in... (read more)

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Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Gender and American Culture)
Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Gender and American Culture)
by Virginia Ingra Burr
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The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas, who was born to wealth and privilege and... (read more)

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Steppin' Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture
Steppin' Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture
by Lewis A Erenberg
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The evolution of New York nightlife from the Gay Nineties through the Jazz Age was, as Lewis A. Erenberg shows, both symbol and catalyst of America's transition out of the Victorian period. Cabaret culture led the way to new styles of behavior and... (read more)

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A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States
A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States
by Jill Lepore
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Includes bibliographical references and index.... (read more)

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The Morality of Spending
The Morality of Spending
by Daniel Horowitz
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A brilliant history of American misgivings about the consequences of their comfort, affluence, and luxury. An illuminating study, intelligent and perceptive...full of interesting insights. --Reviews in American... (read more)

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Heavens on Earth:  Utopian Communities in America 1680-1880
Heavens on Earth: Utopian Communities in America 1680-1880
by Mark Holloway
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Fascinating accounts of the history of the most important and typical American utopian communities include surveys of Shaker, New Harmony, and Brook Farm; Fourieristic phalanxes; and Oneida settlements. Details of human interest and daily life, often... (read more)

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Home Fronts: Nineteenth-Century Domesticity and Its Critics in the Antebellum United States (New Americanist)
Home Fronts: Nineteenth-Century Domesticity and Its Critics in the Antebellum United States (New Americanist)
by Lora Romero
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Unlike studies of nineteenth-century culture that perpetuate a dichotomy of a public, male world set against a private, female world, Lora Romero’s Home Fronts shows the many, nuanced, and sometimes contradictory cultural planes on which struggles... (read more)

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Perfect Fit Clothes Character & the Prom
Perfect Fit Clothes Character & the Prom
by Jenna Weiss Joselit
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While fashions of the rich and famous have been endlessly chronicled, little attention has been paid to the meaning of clothes for everyone else. Yet between 1890 and 1940, as ready-to-wear came into its own, fashion for ordinary Americans played an... (read more)

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When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age
When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age
by Justin Kaplan
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This newest book by Pulitzer Prize winner Kaplan is a sparkling combination of biography, social history, architectural appreciation, and pure pleasure, as he looks at the Astor familys dynasty and its contributions to the city of New York.... (read more)

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Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of Servitude in the United States
Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of Servitude in the United States
by Barbara Ryan
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With the home as the sacred center of social life, few things could be more important than finding good servants. As slavery tore at the nation in the nineteenth century, the role of servants and slaves within the family became a heated topic, and... (read more)

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The Enlightenment in America
The Enlightenment in America
by Henry F May
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"The most comprehensive survey of the topic to date....A work of impressive scholarship and critical insight."--Eighteenth-Century Studies "A pleasure to turn to....Possesses the same sympathy and 'rock-like dignity' as [May's] earlier works."--Times... (read more)

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Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800 (Early American Studies)
Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800 (Early American Studies)
by Erik R Seeman
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Reminders of death were everywhere in the New World, from the epidemics that devastated Indian populations and the mortality of slaves working the Caribbean sugar cane fields to the unfamiliar diseases that afflicted Europeans in the Chesapeake and West... (read more)

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American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
by Christine Stansell
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A brilliant account of the legary American bohemians, hailed as "the best book ever written about this era, these people, and the ways they shook up our national culture for good" (Michael Kazin) In the early years of the twentieth century, an exuberant... (read more)

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The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities
The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities
by Richard L Bushman
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This lively and authoritative volume makes clear that the quest for taste and manners in America has been essential to the serious pursuit of a democratic culture. Spanning the material world from mansions and silverware to etiquette books, city planning,... (read more)

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Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America
Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America
by Karen Lystra
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This is well-argued study of romantic love between men and women in nineteenth-century America. Lystra discusses middle-class ideas of love in terms of their contribution to American individualism, to the secularization of American life, and to women's... (read more)

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Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie
Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie
by Clayton E Cramer
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In this true story of our nation's love affair with firearms, Clayton E. Cramer debunks the myths and takes readers along a winding historical trail full of surprising revelations and riveting anecdotes, explaining the roots of America's gun culture.... (read more)

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Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle Over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century
Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle Over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century
by Owen Whooley
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Vomiting. Diarrhea. Dehydration. Death. Confusion. In 1832, the arrival of cholera in the United States created widespread panic throughout the country. For the rest of the century, epidemics swept through American cities and towns like wildfire, killing... (read more)

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The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America
The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America
by Gretchen A Adams
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In The Specter of Salem, Gretchen A. Adams reveals the many ways that the Salem witch trials loomed over the American collective memory from the Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Schoolbooks in the 1790s, for example, evoked the episode to... (read more)

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Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism
Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism
by Charles Perrow
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"Organizing America is a magisterial work: a compelling analysis showing why those who study states and economies should take organizations seriously and those studying organizations should ponder how organizations have concentrated wealth and power... (read more)

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