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August
12
August
12

The King of Confidence

Miles Harvey. The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2020. You might know something about Brook Farm, Massachusetts, and New Harmony, Indiana—but what about Beaver Island, Michigan? You have heard of Joseph Smith and Brigham More

    August
    06
    August
    06

    Crossing Parish Boundaries

    Timothy B. Neary. Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago: 1915–1954. Chicago, University of Chicago Press (2016). The author makes good on his promise to tell “the little-known and largely forgotten story of Catholic interracialism prior to the modern civil rights movement.” Founded in 1930, the Catholic Youth Organization brought together boys More

      April
      17
      April
      17

      The First Indian Home Guards and the Civil War of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

                                      M. Jane Johansson, ed. Albert C. Ellithorpe the First Indian Home Guards and the Civil War of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press (2016). The title is a mouthful, but the fact is that this intriguing More

      March
      02
      March
      02

      South Side Girls

                                        Marcia Chatelain. South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration. Durham, NC, Duke University Press (2015). This is a very important study of lives of black girls during the Great Migration. At its core are the girls themselves, More

      February
      12
      February
      12

      The Defender

                                      Ethan Michaeli. The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America from the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama. New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (2016). This history is beautifully written and exquisitely researched. More

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