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A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Alan M. Levine & Daniel S. Malachuk

From before the Civil War until his death in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson was renowned -- and renounced -- as one of the United States' most prominent abolitionists and as a leading visionary of the nation's liberal...


Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens Without States

by Lee Trepanier & Khalil M. Habib

Thanks to advances in international communication and travel, it has never been easier to connect with the rest of the world. As philosophers debate the consequences of globalization, cosmopolitanism promises...


The Essential Sopranos Reader

by David Lavery, Douglas L. Howard & Paul Levinson

The Sopranos is recognized as the most successful cable series in the history of television. The Washington Post has called the popular series, winner of twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes, "the television...


Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence

by Stefan M. Bradley, Gregory S. Parks & Michael A. Blake

On December 4, 1906, on Cornell University's campus, seven black men founded one of the greatest and most enduring organizations in American history. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. has brought together and...


Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs

by William Lynwood Montell

Following the success of his collections of stories from funeral directors, schoolteachers, doctors, and lawyers, folklorist William Lynwood Montell presents a new volume of tales from Kentucky sheriffs. Montell...


Korean Democracy in Transition: A Rational Blueprint for Developing Societies

by HeeMin Kim

As Asian countries emerge as global economic powers, many undergo fundamental political transformations. In Korean Democracy in Transition: A Rational Blueprint for Developing Societies, HeeMin Kim evaluates...


Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement

by Danielle L. Mcguire & John Dittmer

In his seminal article "Freedom Then, Freedom Now," renowned civil rights historian Steven F. Lawson described his vision for the future study of the civil rights movement. Lawson called for a deeper examination...


The Presidency in the Twenty-First Century

by Charles W. Dunn

As the most prominent figure of the U.S. government, the president is under constant scrutiny from both his colleagues and the American people. Questions about the proper role of the president have been especially...


After the Dream: Black and White Southerners Since 1965

by Timothy J. Minchin & John A. Salmond

Martin Luther King's 1965 address from Montgomery, Alabama, the center of much racial conflict at the time and the location of the well-publicized bus boycott a decade earlier, is often considered by historians...


Raising Racists: The Socialization of White Children in the Jim Crow South

by Kristina DuRocher

White southerners recognized that the perpetuation of segregation required whites of all ages to uphold a strict social order -- especially the young members of the next generation. White children rested at...


A Political Companion to Walt Whitman

by John E. Seery

The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered...


The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader

by Wilson Carey McWilliams, Patrick J. Deneen & Susan J. McWilliams

In 1973, Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933--2005) published The Idea of Fraternity in America, a groundbreaking book that argued for an alternative to America's dominant philosophy of liberalism. This alternative...


Toward Freedom Land: The Long Struggle for Racial Equality in America

by Harvard Sitkoff

The ongoing struggle for civil rights and social justice lies at the heart of America's evolving identity. The pursuit of equal rights is often met with social and political trepidation, forcing citizens and...


Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority

by Jasmine Farrier

Is the United States Congress dead, alive, or trapped in a moribund cycle? When confronted with controversial policy issues, members of Congress struggle to satisfy conflicting legislative, representative, and...


The Philosophy of the Western

by Jennifer L. McMahon & B. Steve Csaki

The western is arguably the most iconic and influential genre in American cinema. The solitude of the lone rider, the loyalty of his horse, and the unspoken code of the West render the genre popular yet lead...


Inside China's Grand Strategy: The Perspective from the People's Republic

by Ye Zicheng, Guoli Liu & Steven I. Levine

China's enormous size, vast population, abundant natural resources, robust economy, and modern military suggest that it will emerge as a great world power. Inside China's Grand Strategy: The Perspective from...


The Dilemmas of American Conservatism

by Kenneth L. Deutsch & Ethan Fishman

In the second half of the twentieth century, American conservatism emerged from the shadow of New Deal liberalism and developed into a movement exerting considerable influence on the formulation and execution...


Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right

by Sean P. Cunningham

During the 1960s and 1970s, Texas was rocked by a series of political transitions. Despite its century-long heritage of solidly Democratic politics, the state became a Republican stronghold virtually overnight,...


Vietnam's Second Front: Domestic Politics, the Republican Party, and the War

by Andrew L. Johns

The Vietnam War has been analyzed, dissected, and debated from multiple perspectives for decades, but domestic considerations -- such as partisan politics and election-year maneuvering -- are often overlooked...


The Philosophy of Horror

by Thomas Fahy

Sitting on pins and needles, anxiously waiting to see what will happen next, horror audiences crave the fear and exhilaration generated by a terrifying story; their anticipation is palpable. But they also breathe...