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Long-Term Research Fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society
Nan Wolverton, American Antiquarian Society

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Memory Lands: King Philip's War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast (Book)
Title: Memory Lands: King Philip's War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast
Author: Christine DeLucia
Abstract: Noted historian Christine DeLucia offers a major reconsideration of the violent seventeenth-century conflict in northeastern America known as King Philip’s War, providing an alternative to Pilgrim-centric narratives that have conventionally dominated the histories of colonial New England. DeLucia grounds her study of one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in early America in five specific places that were directly affected by the crisis, spanning the Northeast as well as the Atlantic world. She examines the war’s effects on the everyday lives and collective mentalities of the region’s diverse Native and Euro-American communities over the course of several centuries, focusing on persistent struggles over land and water, sovereignty, resistance, cultural memory, and intercultural interactions. An enlightening work that draws from oral traditions, archival traces, material and visual culture, archaeology, literature, and environmental studies, this study reassesses the nature and enduring legacies of a watershed historical event.
Year: 2018
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Primary URL Description: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780300201178
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America (Book)
Title: Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America
Author: Melanie Kiechle
Abstract: What did nineteenth-century cities smell like? And how did odors matter in the formation of a modern environmental consciousness? Smell Detectives follows the nineteenth-century Americans who used their noses to make sense of the sanitary challenges caused by rapid urban and industrial growth. Melanie Kiechle examines nuisance complaints, medical writings, domestic advice, and myriad discussions of what constituted fresh air, and argues that nineteenth-century city dwellers, anxious about the air they breathed, attempted to create healthier cities by detecting and then mitigating the most menacing odors. Medical theories in the nineteenth century assumed that foul odors caused disease and that overcrowded cities-filled with new and stronger stinks-were synonymous with disease and danger. But the sources of offending odors proved difficult to pinpoint. The creation of city health boards introduced new conflicts between complaining citizens and the officials in charge of the air. Smell Detectives looks at the relationship between the construction of scientific expertise, on the one hand, and "common sense"-the olfactory experiences of common people-on the other. Although the rise of germ theory revolutionized medical knowledge and ultimately undid this form of sensory knowing, Smell Detectives recovers how city residents used their sense of smell and their health concerns about foul odors to understand, adjust to, and fight against urban environmental changes.
Year: 2017
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Primary URL Description: University of Washington Press
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780295741932
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Gender Expression in Antebellum America: Accessing the Privileges and Freedoms of White Men (Book Section)
Title: Gender Expression in Antebellum America: Accessing the Privileges and Freedoms of White Men
Author: Jen Manion
Editor: Anne Valk
Editor: Leslie Brown
Editor: Jacqueline Castledine
Abstract: Spanning the antebellum era to the present day, the ten original essays in U.S. Women's History represent a cross-section of current scholarship, examining both the causes that have united American women and the conflicts that have divided them. The book offers a fresh take on familiar events and figures, from Rosa Parks to Take Back the Night marches, while vividly conveying the multi-textured and multi-hued tapestry that is U.S. women’s history.
Year: 2017
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Primary URL Description: Rutgers University Press
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Book Title: U.S. Women's History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood
ISBN: 978-0-8135-758

History and Its Discontents (Book Section)
Title: History and Its Discontents
Author: Manisha Sinha
Editor: Kate Viens
Editor: Conrad Edick Wright
Abstract: National leaders in the fields of academic and public history offer wide-ranging commentary on the current challenges and opportunities in the field as we strive to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and networked society. In 14 short opinion pieces, an Introduction, and Afterword they explore the options available to us and stake out potential paths for the field in the coming years.
Year: 2017
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Primary URL Description: Massachusetts Historical Society
Publisher: Massachusetts Historical Society
Book Title: The Future of History: Historians, Historical Organizations and the Prospects for the Field
ISBN: 9781936520114

Reviving the Black Radical Tradition (Article)
Title: Reviving the Black Radical Tradition
Author: Manisha Sinha
Abstract: When we write new histories of slavery and capitalism, we need to revive both the history and the ongoing political project of black liberation. If histories of capitalism have been willfully blind to slavery, race, and imperialism, they are “equally blind to the emancipatory possibilities of the black radical tradition which emerged in opposition to it,” as Paul Hebert put it in a recent forum on Robinson’s Black Marxism on the African American Intellectual History Society’s blog. This tradition has a lot to tell us about the theory and praxis of resistance.
Year: 2017
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Access Model: open access
Format: Magazine
Periodical Title: Boston Review

Love Triangle With Dog: 'Whym Chow,' the 'Michael Fields," and the Poetic Potential of Human-Animals' Affective Bonds (Book Section)
Title: Love Triangle With Dog: 'Whym Chow,' the 'Michael Fields," and the Poetic Potential of Human-Animals' Affective Bonds
Author: Colleen Boggs
Editor: Michael Lundblad
Abstract: Michael Lundblad’s edited collection, Animalities, is a timely intervention in literary and cultural criticism, appearing at a moment when, as Lundblad points out, the burgeoning interdisciplinary fields of animal studies, critical animal studies, human-animal studies, and posthumanism are becoming increasingly prominent in mainstream academia. In his illuminating introduction to the volume, Lundblad pauses to reflect on the usefulness of a wildly varied area of study that incorporates wide-ranging, and often contradictory, methodological approaches and ideologies. This variety has an immediate impact, as Lundblad indicates, on the ever-evolving classificatory apparatus that is deployed to define interest in the animal, the human, and animal-human relations – in addition to those mentioned above, Lundblad also describes animality studies, humanimal studies, and species studies as producing a proliferating cloud of terminology (1). One aim of this book then, is not to contribute further to any diffusion of common interest, but instead to focus on ‘a set of dynamics that move beyond the human […] that construct animals, on the one hand, or humans in relation to animals, on the other hand, or both’ (1–2). Lundblad identifies three primary ‘forms’ scholarship takes, human-animal studies, animality studies, and posthumanism, and proceeds to provide a valuable distinction between the three. This introduction lays out a clear and precise context for what follows, but is not didactic in its operation – as Lundblad wisely emphasises, he has ‘resist[ed] the impulse’ to label the work of his contributors (11).
Year: 2017
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Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Book Title: Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human
ISBN: 9781474400022