2012 Issue

Essays in History, Vol. 45, 2012

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(Big and) Black is Beautiful: Body Image and Expanded Beauty Ideals in the African American Community, 1945-1968 by Elizabeth Matelski (Loyola University Chicago)

Blood, Bones, and Soil: Virginian Identity and the Attempted Desecration of George Washington by Matt Costello (Marquette University)

Making Bacon: Death, Mechanization, and the Ecology of Pig Breeding in the United States, 1900-1960 by Neil Oatsvall (University of Kansas)

Theologies of Failure: Islamic Conversion in Early Modern Rome by Rosemary Lee (University of Virginia)

Historiographical Essays:

A Civilization Without Discontents by Jeff Roquen (LeHigh University)

Islam & Early Modern Europe: Images, Encounters, Approaches by Rosemary Lee (University of Virginia)

Imagining the Land of the Future: New Histories of Brazilian Modernity by Anne M. Daniels (University of Virginia)

Power through the People:  British Migration and the Rise of the Pax Britannia-Americana by Scott C. Spencer (University of Virginia)


1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America reviewed by Michael Holm (Boston University)

A Merciless Place: The Fate of Britain’s Convicts after the American Revolution reviewed by Scott Craig (Florida State University)

A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada reviewed by Michael Commito (McMaster University)

All the Fish in the Sea: Maximum Sustainable Yield and the Failure of Fisheries Management reviewed by Jennifer A. Martin (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era reviewed by Frank J. Cirillo (University of Virginia)

American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution reviewed by Amber Surmiller (Texas Christian University)

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance- A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power reviewed by Zachary Wakefield (Auburn University)

Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States reviewed by Micah Wright (Texas A&M University)

Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British North America reviewed by Michael D. Hattem (Yale University)

Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution reviewed by Jeremiah J. Bauer (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933 reviewed by Steven J. Peach (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

Immigrants to the Pure Land: the Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941 reviewed by Aihua Zheng (University of Iowa)

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero reviewed by Shannon E. Mohan (American University)

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World reviewed by Benjamin M. Guyer (University of Kansas)

Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border reviewed by Sean P. Harvey (Utah State University)

Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America reviewed by John Laaman (Auburn University)

The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921 reviewed by Stefanie A. Babb (Florida Gulf Coast University)

The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Law and Literature: Estate, Blood, and Body reviewed by Jamalin Harp (Texas Christian University)

The Right Kind of Revolution: Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present reviewed by Matt Jacobs (Ohio University)

The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations During the Civil Rights Era reviewed by Cecilia Marquez (University of Virginia)

The Thousand Year Flood: the Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937 reviewed by Paul Gibson (University of Maryland)

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914 – 1918 reviewed by Kevin Peng (Independent Affiliation)

Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City During the Revolution reviewed by James Patrick Ambuske (University of Virginia)


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