New Books; American Studies. 1

Grocery; the Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Rutlman. Abrams, 2018 paper.  What has happened in the industry since the days of the neighborhood grocer.

Bringing the War Home; The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America by Kathleen Belew. Harvard University Press, 2018. The most recent strain of white supremacy goes back to the 1970s when veterans of the Vietnam War were responding to feelings of abandonment.

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945 to 1975 by Max Hastings. Harper, 2018. An analysis of the military strategies of both sides.

The Left Behind; Decline and Rage in Rural America by Robert Wuthnow. Princeton University Press, 2018.What is fueling rural America’s antagonism toward the federal government? A journey into our small towns, farmlands, and rural communities.

Recovering Inequality; Hurricane Katrina [New Orleans], the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and the Aftermath of Disaster by Steve Kroll-Smith. University of Texas Press, 2018 paper. Eighty percent of the built environment of both cities was destroyed; the poor, the elderly, and the medically infirm perished in disproportionate numbers. What can be learned from this comparison?

The Fall of Wisconsin; The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics by Dan Kaufman. W.W. Norton, 2018. Once hailed for its progress ideas and government, the cradle of the labor and environmental movements. In 2016 the state went for Donald Trump.

Start Here; A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration by Greg Berman & Julian Adler. The New Press, 2018. What can be done now to reduce jail and prison populations? 

At the Boundaries of Homeownership; Credit, Discrimination, and the American State by Cloe Thurston. Cambridge University Presses, 2018 paper. Home-ownership is not necessarily a natural outcome of the democratic process.

Evicted; Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Crown, 2018 paper. A tour of the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee where evictions are increasingly common.

Environmentalism of the Rich by Peter Dauvergne. MIT Press, 2018 paper. What it means for global sustainability when environmentalism is dominated by the concerns of the affluent. They’re telling us how to run our planet. 

Goddess of Anarchy; The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical by Jacqaueline Jones. Basic, 2018. This outspoken labor leader argued that the only way to reform capitalism was to uproot it. Daughter of a slave mother, yet she resisted narrowing her agitation to the African-American working poor.  

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