Bulldozer Revolutions; A Rural History of the Metropolitan South by Andrew Baker. University of Georgia Press. Adding the examination of the agricultural and environmental history to our view of the southern metropolis.
Workers on Arrival; Black Labor in the Making of America by Joe W. Trotter. University of California Press. The black working class’s contribution to the shaping of the American economy.
The Creative Destruction of New York City; Engineering the City for the Elite by Alessandro Busa. Oxford University Press. Fifteen years of rezoning and branding, an updating of the updating the tale of two New Yorks.
A Generation Prized Out; Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America by Randy Shaw. University of California Press. How increasingly expensive housing in our central cities is banging the door closed on housing opportunities for the less well off.
These Schools Belong to You and Me; Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools by Deborah Meier & Emily Gasoi. Beacon Press, paper. Supporting public education to ensure that all students will become competent citizens.
Ebony and Ivy; Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig S. Wilder. Bloomsbury. Paper. The intertwined histories of slavery, racism, and higher education.
The Schoolhouse Gate; Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind by Justin Driver. Pantheon. True, there are a lot of ways in which the school kid is ignored when it comes to basic, constitutionally mandated rights.
The Splintering of the American Mind; Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses by William Eggington. Macmillan. Politically correct culture is flourishing on college campuses.
The City-State of Boston; The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630 to 1865. Princeton University Press. A self-governing Atlantic trading center, begun as a refuge from Britain’s Stuart monarchs.
Feeding Gotham; The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1796 to 1860 by Gergely Baics. Princeton University Press, paper. As New York City population grew so did the complexity of provisioning its citizenry.
The Occupation of Havana; War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World by Elena Schneider. University of North Carolina Press. In 1762 a British force of 230 ships and 26,000 soldiers, sailors, and enslaved Africans attacked Havana. One of the wealthiest post in the new world, Havanna was also the site of one of the largest slave rebellion.