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By Gary T. Johnson

September
13
September
13

Unbuilt Utopian Cities 1460 to 1900

                            Tessa Morrison. Unbuilt Utopian Cities 1460 to 1900: Reconstructing Their Architecture and Political Philosophy. Burlington, Vermont, Routledge (2016). What Tessa Morrison brings to the subject of unbuilt utopian cities is an analysis of the various political philosophies underlying each one. These More

August
29
August
29

The Color of Success

Ellen D. Wu. The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press (2015). “Unlike the progeny of turn-of-the-century southern and eastern European immigrants, who melted into unambiguous whiteness in the crucibles of mass consumption, industrial unionism, New Deal ethnic pluralism, and military service, Japanese and Chinese More

July
25
July
25

Excommunicated from the Union

William B. Kurtz, Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America. New York, Fordham University Press (2015). For students of Catholics in America and of immigration, this is an essential study of identity and historical memory in the context of nativism and anti-Catholicism. For readers interested in the Civil War, More

June
30
June
30

Everyday Heroic Lives

Walter Roth, Everyday Heroic Lives: Portraits from Chicago’s Jewish Past. Chicago, Walter Roth (2016). This is a treasure house of writings by Walter Roth, who ended his remarkable twenty-two-year term as president of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society in 2010. At the heart of the book are portraits of fifteen individuals, such as political leader More

May
08
May
08

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection. John N. Low. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago. East Lansing, MI; Michigan State University Press (2016). This is a very unusual and valuable book for those interested in Chicago history or More

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