Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

Yet just after his arrival, or one of his defenders, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. Ossian sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times.

Arc of justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggleIn 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights.

Historian kevin boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class.

Ossian sweet, a proud negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Used book in Good Condition. And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality.


Reading American Horizons: Primary Sources for U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II

A two-volume primary source collection, expertly edited by the authors of American Horizons, provides a diverse set of documents that situate U. S. Covering political, social, and cultural history, the nearly 200 selections--including many visual documents--will spark discussion in the classroom and give students a deeper understanding of America's history.

Reading american Horizons includes solid pedagogy to make the documents more accessible to students. History within a global context.

American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865

The authors, all acclaimed scholars in their specialties, use their individual strengths to provide students with a balanced and inclusive account of U. S. This unique approach provides a fully integrated global perspective that seamlessly contextualizes American events within the wider world. History to american students by centering on the matrix of issues that dominate their lives.

These touchstone themes include population movements and growth, political and ideological contests and their consequences, and global institutions, forces, and Americans' five centuries of engagement with regional, the evolving definition of citizenship, national, cultural change and continuity, people's relationship to and impact upon the environment, and events.

History in a global context. In addition, this beautifully designed, full-color book features hundreds of photos and images and more than 100 maps. History. Presented in two volumes for maximum flexibility, Third Edition, American Horizons, illustrates the relevance of U. S. American horizons, Third Edition, presents the traditional narrative of U.

S. The authors use the frequent movement of people, out of, goods, and ideas into, and within America's borders as a framework.

The Seventies: The Great Shift In American Culture, Society, And Politics

Here are the names, faces, and movements that gave birth to the world we now live in-from Nixon and Carter to The Godfather and the Ramones; from Billie Jean King and Phyllis Schlafly to NOW and the ERA; from the Energy Crisis to Roe v. Wade. A sprightly, neatly detailed and enlightening history. This is an important contribution to modern American social history and the literature of popular culture.

Publishers weeklysweeping away misconceptions about the "Me Decade, and brilliant examination of the political, social, wide-ranging, " Bruce Schulman offers a fast-paced, cultural, and religious upheavals of the 1970s. The seventies is an astutely provocative reexamination of a misunderstood era. Arguing that it was one of the most important of the postwar twentieth-century decades, high culture and low, Schulman reconstructs public events and private lives, despite its reputation as an eminently forgettable period, analyzing not only presidential politics and national policy but also the broader social and cultural experiences that transformed American life.


American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

Anchor Books. American colossus captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United States from an agrarian economy to a world power. W. In the end america achieved unimaginable wealth, but not without cost to its traditional democratic values.

Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America. In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. From the first pennsylvania oil gushers to the rise of Chicago skyscrapers, Carnegie, this spellbinding narrative shows how men like Morgan, and Rockefeller ushered in a new era of unbridled capitalism.


Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion

An afterword assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution, and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved. Edward larson's classic summer for the Gods -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History -- is the single most authoritative account of this pivotal event. The pulitzer prize-winning history of the scopes trial and the battle over evolution and creation in america's schoolsIn the summer of 1925, in a famous debate over science, Tennessee, represented by Clarence Darrow and the ACLU, became the setting for one of the twentieth century's most contentious courtroom dramas, religion, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, pitting William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes, and their place in public education.

. Anchor Books. That trial marked the start of a battle that continues to this day-in cities and states throughout the country.

Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s

He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl. Donald worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it.

. In a new afterword, he links the dust bowl to current political, and the on-going problem of desertification, economic and ecological issues--including the American livestock industry's exploitation of the Great Plains, which has now become a global phenomenon. Oxford university Press USA. Anchor Books. He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, bison and elk would once more roam freely, antelope, " where deer, such as "the Buffalo Commons, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.

In the mid 1930s, north america's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history.

The Strange Career of Jim Crow

Oxford university Press USA. The segregating of the races was a relative newcomer to the region. Hailed as one of the top 100 nonfiction works of the twentieth century, The Strange Career of Jim Crow has sold almost a million copies and remains, in the words of David Herbert Donald, "a landmark in the history of American race relations.

Anchor Books. Vann woodward, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, was america's most eminent Southern historian, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Mary Chestnut's Civil War and a Bancroft Prize for The Origins of the New South. Published in 1955, a year after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Oxford university Press USA.

In fact, during reconstruction, there was considerable economic and political mixing of the races. Now, oxford is pleased to publish this special commemorative edition of Woodward's most influential work, to honor his long and truly distinguished career, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. The strange career of Jim Crow is one of the great works of Southern history.

Board of education ordered schools desegregated, Strange Career was cited so often to counter arguments for segregation that Martin Luther King, Jr. Called it "the historical Bible of the civil rights movement. The book offers a clear and illuminating analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the 1890s.

Woodward convincingly shows that, even under slavery, the two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s.

The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story Pivotal Moments in American History

The book sheds light on the war's legacy, "i will fight no more forever, whose speech of surrender, including the near sainthood that was bestowed upon Chief Joseph, " became as celebrated as the Gettysburg Address. Numerous injustices at the hands of the US government combined with the settlers' invasion to provoke this most accomodating of tribes to war.

Oxford university Press USA. This newest volume in oxford's acclaimed pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.

. West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children and elderly, across 1500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain. Anchor Books. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, politicians, officers, and--at the center of it all--the Nez Perce themselves the Nimiipuu, including cavalrymen, "true people".

He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles--and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, and grand heroism that occurred along the way. Oxford university Press USA. In an initial treaty, the nez perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the Nez Perce land.

Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

New Press. In this edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, with “an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech” Cleveland Plain Dealer, with large doses of American music, film and television lore—Cowie, part labor history, reveals America’s fascinating path from rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present.

Winner of the 2011 francis parkman prize from the society of american historians for the best book on american historyWinner of the 2011 Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the Best Book in American Social HistoryWinner of the 2011 Labor History Best Book PrizeWinner of the 2011 Best Book Award from the United Association for Labor Education Anchor Books.

Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press USA. A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin’ Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowie’s remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.


The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad

Besides describing baseball’s frequent and often surprising connections to America’s presence around the world, Elias assesses the effects of this relationship both on our foreign policies and on the sport itself and asks whether baseball can play a positive role or rather only reinforce America’s dominance around the globe.

. New Press. Like franklin foer inhow soccer Explains the World, unusual events, Elias is driven by compelling stories, and unique individuals. Oxford university Press USA. And from albert spalding and baseball’s first world Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic, we witness the globalization of America’s national pastime and baseball’s role in spreading the American dream.

Anchor Books. Is the face of american baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe?The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of the American way.

From the civil War to George W. His seamless integration of original research and compelling analysis makes this a baseball book that’s about more than just sports. Bush and the iraq war, we see baseball’s role in developing the American empire, first at home and then beyond our shores. Oxford university Press USA.