American Studies

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 1/2, 2018

BY ANY MEDIA NECESSARY: The New Youth Activism
BY ANY MEDIA NECESSARY: The New Youth Activism. By Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Arely Zimmerman. New York: NYU Press. 2016."By Any Media Necessary" pushes the reader into brand new territory by making...
Capital or the Capitol?: The Hunger Games Fandom and Neoliberal Populism
Populism has become a standard explanation for Donald Trump's surprising electoral-college victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.1 To the annoyance of left political activists, liberals compared Trump's presidential campaign to that of U.S....
DAMNED NATION: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction
DAMNED NATION: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction. By Kathryn Gin Lum. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.The ways communities developed the theological concept of hell, Kathryn Gin Lum's meticulously researched Damned Nation...
DANGEROUS GROUNDS: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era
DANGEROUS GROUNDS: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era. David L. Parsons. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 2017.In Dangerous Grounds, David L. Parsons adds a valuable perspective to the evolving scholarship...
EAST MEET BLACK: Asian and Black Masculinities in the Post-Civil Rights Era
EAST MEET BLACK: Asian and Black Masculinities in the Post-Civil Rights Era. By Chong Chon-Smith. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press. 2015.Situating cultural texts in the post-civil rights era, East Meets Black reveals the ways in which African...
Fields of Progress: The Mechanization of Agriculture in Days of Heaven
IntroductionThe films of Terrence Malick actively resist summation, and his second full-length picture, Days of Heaven (1978), is no exception. Where Pauline Kael dismissed it as "all visual bombast," Dave Kehr, writing in the Chicago Reader, described...
FROM STOREFRONT TO MONUMENT: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement
FROM STOREFRONT TO MONUMENT: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement. By Andrea A. Burns. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts. 2013.In 2016, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, located...
GRAFFITI AND STREET ART: Reading, Writing and Representing the City
GRAFFITI AND STREET ART: Reading, Writing and Representing the City. Edited by Konstantinos Avramidis and Myrto Tsilimpounidi. New York: Routledge. 2017.In 2011 the revolutionary bodies that occupied Tahrir Square demanding the ouster of Hosni Mubarak...
HEATHEN, HINDOO, HINDU: American Representations of India, 1721–1893
HEATHEN, HINDOO, HINDU: American Representations of India, 1721–1893. By Michael J. Altman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.Michael J. Altman's Heathen, Hindoo, Hindu: American Representations of India, 1721-1893 begins and ends with Swami Vivekananda's...
IMAGINE THE SOUND: Experimental African American Literature after Civil Rights
IMAGINE THE SOUND: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights. By Carter Mathes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.There is a rich and vital history of African American creative practitioners who have used experimental...
JUST ANOTHER SOUTHERN TOWN: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation's Capitol
JUST ANOTHER SOUTHERN TOWN: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation's Capitol. By Joan Quigley. New York: Oxford University Press. 2016.Joan Quigley's Just Another Southern Town is an engaging and well-researched book on...
Material Memory: The Politics of Nostalgia on the Eve of MAGA
Material Memory: The Politics of Nostalgia on the Eve of MAGACharlottesvilleOn the evening of August 11, 2017, images began coming over the internet and cable news transoms of mainly young and serious-faced white men carrying torches and chanting "you...
MAVERICKS, MONEY, AND MEN: The AFL, Black Players, and the Evolution of Modern Football
MAVERICKS, MONEY, AND MEN: The AFL, Black Players, and the Evolution of Modern Football. By Charles K. Ross. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 2016.It may be difficult to imagine the National Football League, the American sports behemoth of...
PART OF OUR LIVES: A People's History of the American Public Library
PART OF OUR LIVES: A People's History of the American Public Library. By Wayne A. Wiegand. New York: Oxford University Press. 2015.In the spirit of Howard Zinn's A People 's History of the United States, Wayne A. Wiegand draws on library records, newspaper...
THE CITY SINCE 9/11: Literature, Film, Television
THE CITY SINCE 9/11: Literature, Film, Television. Edited by Keith Wilhite. Lanham: Fairleigh Dickenson UP. 2016.With specific attention on the metropolis, the last fifteen years have seen several publications regarding changes to the post-9/11 urban...
The Color of Justice without Prejudice: Youth, Race, and Crime in the Case of the Harlem Six
In its time, the case of the Harlem Six captured national headlines, yet its significance escapes the public memory and record of many today. Ignited by the 1964 death of a white shopkeeper in Harlem, the case and its subsequent events resonated across...
THE CONSTRUCTION OF WHITENESS: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Meaning of a White Identity
THE CONSTRUCTION OF WHITENESS: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Meaning of a White Identity. Edited by Stephen Middleton, David R. Roediger, and Donald M. Shaffer. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press. 2016.At the current historical...
The Politics of Clean: Representing Food Salvage and Dumpster Diners
Ryan Owens, ABC News: What do you say to people who say, "There you are on the street digging through trash, this is gross, this is disgusting?"Madeleine: Well, I'd say what's gross and disgusting is the fact that this food is being thrown out in the...
THIS BENEVOLENT EXPERIMENT: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States
THIS BENEVOLENT EXPERIMENT: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States. By Andrew Woolford. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 2015.Through the lens of genocide studies, This Benevolent Experiment illustrates...
TURNS OF EVENT: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion
TURNS OF EVENT: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion. Edited by Hester Blum. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2016.When does a turn constitute a new direction, and when does a turn require a look back? These are questions...
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