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Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Essential for readers wishing to understand the depth and differentials of U.S. racial discrimination, Taylor’s masterly exposé of the political economy of the racially bifurcated market systematically lays bare how residential segregation made profits from race; it also illustrates the mismatch of market solutions to racist policies and practices and underscores the limits of legislation alone to undo institutional racism.

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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.
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Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.

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American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

This is an ambitious book whose occasional excesses of verbiage can be forgiven because it has so much to tell. It is handsomely produced, with illustrations and maps, and will appeal principally to history buffs.
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Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters

Anyone who has bought a beautiful hand-thrown vessel at an art fair and then wondered what to do with it will appreciate this attractive book, as will home cooks and fans of ceramics in general.
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Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in the Confederate Capital

This book will set the standard for other much-needed intensive, up-close examinations of what the Civil War meant on the ground.

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The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement

With access to newly opened archives and extensive interviews with those close to Tijerina, Oropeza delivers a well-researched, nuanced, and balanced look at this somewhat forgotten figure. Highly recommended.

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Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present, and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement

While focused exclusively on urban areas, this collection provides a unique and significant perspective into the feminist canon.

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Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football

A valuable resource for future scholars and for anyone interested in black college football.

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