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The Silver Women: How Black Women’s Labor Made the Panama Canal

Flores-Villalobos beautifully tells the story of these women and brings this important history to life using a vast array of archival sources. A recommended purchase for academic libraries.

This Is My Jail: Local Politics and the Rise of Mass Incarceration

This is an essential read for anyone interested in the U.S. carceral state, the failed philosophies and practices of even well-intentioned reforms, and the causes and effects of segregation, discrimination, and exclusion that link homes, schools, police, judges, and juries in the violence of racial repression that is the United States’ criminal injustice system.

I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land

Roberts’s original book will cause historians to reexamine generalities about Indigenous and Black people in Oklahoma and their empowerment and identity; and to extend the story of Reconstruction and its aftermath westward in time and space

Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities

The authors clearly demonstrate the value of the humanities in this well-researched and convincing work. Anyone interested in higher education, particularly those advising students or considering a major in the humanities will find an encouraging message.

Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage

With close reading and deep analysis, Gutterman weaves a thoughtful cultural history that insists on the sexual and relationship agency of midcentury wives and demonstrates that outwardly heterosexual marriages have, at times, indeed contained queer possibilities.
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