This book is divided into three thematic parts. The first one, titled “Facing and
Adapting to an Unfamiliar America,” offers fresh approaches to American history
in terms of gender and ethnicity from the early nineteenth century to the present,
Author: Ari Helo
This collection focuses on conceptions of the unfamiliar from the viewpoint of mainstream American history: aliens, immigrants, ethnic groups, and previously unencountered ideas and ideologies in Trumpian America. The book suggests bringing historical thinking back to the center of American Studies, given that it has been recently challenged by the influential memory studies boom. As much as identity-building appears to be the central concern for much of the current practice in American history writing, it is worth keeping in mind that historical truth may not always directly contribute to one's identity-building. The researcher’s constant quest for truth does not equate to already possessing it. History changes all the time, because it consists of our constant reinterpretation of the past. It is only the past that does not change. This collection aims at keeping these two apart, while scrutinizing a variety of contested topics in American history, from xenophobic attitudes toward eighteenth-century university professors, Apache masculinity, Ku Klux Klan, Tom Waits's lyrics, and the politics of the Trump era.
For an analysis of U.S. public opinion on Muslims and public safety in America,
see Kathleen M. Moore and Stephen R. Pelletier, “Weaving New Fabric: The
Challenge of Immigration for Muslim-Christian Relations,” Islam and Christian-
Author: Kathleen M. Moore
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Introduction -- Muslims in the United States: pluralism under -- Exceptional circumstances -- Jurisprudence as mirror -- The Qurʼan and American politics -- Britain's shariacracy -- Si(gh)ting Muslim women on the U.S. legal landscape -- The unfamiliar abode.
It means I don't have to do it, but at least I know what it looks like." This is what Salman Rushdie wrote about artist Taryn Simon in his essay in this volume.
Author: Ronald Dworkin
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Pub
In combining image and text - documenting places that are off-limits or under-the radar and presenting substantive accompanying annotations that explain each site's significance - the project challenges the divide between the specialised knowledge of experts and that of the large public.
As they approach their fiftieth birthdays, many of the Brutalist buildings sprinkled across the American landscape are in need of preservation and advocacy.
Author: Susannah Ribstein
Category: Architecture, Modern
As they approach their fiftieth birthdays, many of the Brutalist buildings sprinkled across the American landscape are in need of preservation and advocacy. Unfortunately, there is relatively little serious study on the style in the United States, in contrast to the large body of scholarship on the style's development in Europe. There is no widely accepted visual definition of Brutalism as it developed in this country, so the title is often used to describe almost any concrete building of the mid twentieth century. In the absence of an historical understanding of the style, taste and sentiment often derail preservation efforts for Brutalist buildings. This paper attempts to offer information, context, and definitions to assist preservationists and the general public in understanding and appreciating Brutalism's important role in our country's built environment. To do this, Brutalism's origins in Europe are re-examined with the aim of discerning elements that influenced its trans-Atlantic transmission and development in America. Three of the first major architects working in America who employed the style for a significant portion of their careers are then discussed: Louis Kahn, Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph. Although these architects are most frequently discussed as independent, highly original figures, here they are examined in the context of their instrumental roles in establishing the Brutalist style as a recognizable, flexible architectural vocabulary that could be picked up by a generation of designers and spread across the country. From this examination of Brutalism's origins and development in this country comes a provisional aesthetic definition of the style. Five defining features are proposed, chosen for the frequency with which they are deployed across all examples of Brutalist design and for their ability to illuminate aspects of Brutalism's historical context. They are: Raw Masonry, Historical Forms & Techniques, Sculptural Facades & Structural Expression, Unusual Fenestration, and Complex Interiors. These features are illustrated with case study buildings from all corners of the country and of varying levels of notoriety. The history of American Brutalism told here and the subsequent proposed stylistic definition are part of a necessary foundation for the relationship between preservationists, the general public, and this country's Brutalist buildings. Defining features of the style that are determined by history and context will assist preservationists and the public in identifying Brutalist buildings, determining integrity and significance, and normalizing the national discussion about their place in our built environment.
What were the Assyrians doing in the American Eastern and Midwestern States?
Why and when had they come? Migrant Work Perhaps the Assyrians would not
have dreamed of America if America had not come to them first. This took place ...
Author: Dr. Arianne Ishaya
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This book traces the ups and downs in the regional history of California with particular focus on the Assyrian Immigrants who settled the area of Turlock-Modesto back in 1911. It tells the story of a people who dared to leave the familiar behind and embrace the unknown. Together with other early non-Assyrian pioneers, they developed the area from sand dunes to a town of vineyards and orchards. It is the story of ordinary people with extraordinary experiences. The detailed family histories take the reader to the world at large from where the members of this dispersed refugee nation have come together to form the Turlock-Modesto colony in the heartland of California. It contains poignant accounts of a people who started out with modest beginnings; but whether they came as penniless hopefuls in search of farmland, or traumatized refugees from the Middle East, they worked hard and were able to establish themselves as a stable and even well-to-do part of the Turlock-Modesto community. Changes in the history of this immigrant enclave are traced in the context of the economic and political upheavals in the Middle East where the refugees came from as well as the economic boom and bust cycles in the central California valley. This book records the mutual interaction between the region and its inhabitants. The town shaped the structure of the community as a whole as much as the community shaped the character of the town.
... West Indian immigrant communities of New York as they adapt and reinvent
themselves in twentyfirst-century America. ... reader should imagine him- or
herself as a tourist in an unfamiliar American city who gazes upon the following
Author: Ines M. Miyares
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Category: Social Science
Ethnic diversity has marked the United States from its inception and is now experiencing watershed changes in its social, cultural, and ethnic/racial geographies. Considering the impact of these transformations, this unique text examines a range of ethnic groups in both historical and contemporary context. The contributors present a rich set of case studies of key ethnic and racial communities—including those of long-standing significance such as Native Americans, African Americans, and Mexican Americans, along with the Latin American and Asian groups that make up the vast majority of newer immigrants. Each case offers a brief historical overview of the group's immigration experience and settlement patterns and discusses how it has transformed—and been transformed by—the places in which they have settled. Exploring changing communities, places, and landscapes, this book offers a nuanced understanding of the evolution of America's ethnic geographies.
For them America was still an unfamiliar experience, and while they had come to
the United States seeking freedom, they still had the mentality of ghetto Jews
afraid of anti-Semitism. For this group, Zionism had personal meaning, either as a
Author: Melvin I. Urofsky
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Political Science
Theodore Herzl, a Vienna journalist, realized that anti-Semitism, dramatically illustrated by the Dreyfus Affair in 1890s France, would never be stemmed by the attempts of Jews to assimilate. The publication of his Der Judenstaat in 1896 began the political movement for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It caught on in Europe but was moribund in the United States until World War I. Melvin I. Urofsky shows how the Zionist movement was Americanized by Louis D. Brandeis and other reformers. He portrays the disputes between assimilationist and conservative Jews and the difficulties impeding the movement until Arab riots, British treachery, and the Nazi horrors of World War II reunited American Jewry.
For this reason, many young Africans would brave the unknown and unfamiliar.
In 1779, a runaway advertisement announced the escape of a “Congo Negro Boy
” named Fortune who was approximately thirteen years of age. Unfortunately ...
Author: James Marten
Publisher: NYU Press
With the recent explosion of high-profile court cases and staggering jury awards, America's justice system has moved to the forefront of our nation's consciousness. Yet while the average citizen is bombarded with information about a few sensational cases--such as the multi-million dollar damages awarded a woman who burned herself with McDonald's coffee-- most Americans are unaware of the truly dramatic transformation our courts and judicial system have undergone over the past three decades, and of the need to reform the system to adapt to that transformation. In Reforming the Civil Justice System, Larry Kramer has compiled a work that charts these revolutionary changes and offers solutions to the problems they present. Organized into three parts, the book investigates such topics as settlement incentives and joint tortfeasors, substance and form in the treatment of scientific evidence after Daubert v. Merrell Dow, and guiding jurors in valuing pain and suffering damages. Reforming the Civil Justice System offers feasible solutions that can realistically be adopted as our civil justice system continues to be refined and improved.
It is the discrepancy they represent that haunts us, that moral discrepancy before
which we are helpless, having no ... as a sufficient excuse, the sign of self-pardon
before the inevitable lapse) seems in America an unfamiliar, an alien gesture.
Author: Steven G. Kellman
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Category: Literary Criticism
"Leslie Fiedler and American culture have made a tumultuous marriage throughout much of the twentieth century. Fiedler's prolific career, as scholar, critic, novelist, memoirist, translator, and professor, has been a series of provocations." "Leslie Fiedler and American Culture marks the start of its subject's ninth decade. The first such collection devoted entirely to Fiedler, it gathers together spirited responses to his work by scholars, critics, and poets."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Unfamiliar. Form. of. Solitaire. when i first came to this mountain town in central
Mexico a year ago— bored and dissatisfied with myself and myAmerican
surroundings— I was eager to learn about a group of thirty or so imigrantes, American ...
Author: Poe Ballantine
Publisher: Hawthorne Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
POE BALLANTINE’S RISKY PERSONAL ESSAYS are populated with odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer. He takes us along on his Greyhound bus journey through small town America (including a detour to Mexico) exploring what it means to be human. Written with piercing intimacy and self-effacing humor, Ballantine’stories provide entertainment, social commentary, and completely compelling slices of life.
If confronted by an unfamiliar tubenose, try to evaluate its overall structure in
terms of wing length relative to wing width, tail length relative to wing width (is the
tail longer or shorter than the width of the wings at the body?), and head and
Author: Steve N. G. Howell
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels are among the most beautiful yet least known of all the world's birds, living their lives at sea far from the sight of most people. Largely colored in shades of gray, black, and white, these enigmatic and fast-flying seabirds can be hard to differentiate, particularly from a moving boat. Useful worldwide, not just in North America, this photographic guide is based on unrivaled field experience and combines insightful text and hundreds of full-color images to help you identify these remarkable birds. The first book of its kind, this guide features an introduction that explains ocean habitats and the latest developments in taxonomy. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features such as flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, and migration routes. Species accounts are arranged into groups helpful for field identification, and an overview of unique identification challenges is provided for each group. The guide also includes distribution maps for regularly occurring species as well as a bibliography, glossary, and appendixes. The first state-of-the-art photographic guide to these enigmatic seabirds Includes hundreds of full-color photos throughout Features detailed species accounts that describe flight, plumage, distribution, and more Provides overviews of ocean habitats, taxonomy, and conservation Offers tips on how to observe and identify birds at sea
... a nasty sound , especially if it's passing over your shoulder while you're
running full speed down an unfamiliar street . -Greg Flakus , in McKinney , “ The
Voice of America Correspondents Corps Reporting the World ” Because they are
so few ...
And just about the same time, propaganda shortwave programs that Rome had
been flashing to America to drive a wedge between the British and Americans
began featuring an unfamiliar voice: “Ezra Pound, the famous American
Author: Ichiro Takayoshi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Ichiro Takayoshi's book argues that World War II transformed American literary culture. From the mid-1930s to the American entry into World War II in 1941, preeminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr responded to the turn of the public's interest from the economic depression at home to the menace of totalitarian systems abroad by producing novels, short stories, plays, poems, and cultural criticism in which they prophesied the coming of a second world war and explored how America could prepare for it. The variety of competing answers offered a rich legacy of idioms, symbols, and standard arguments that was destined to license America's promotion of its values and interests around the world for the rest of the twentieth century. Ambitious in scope and addressing an enormous range of writers, thinkers, and artists, this book is the first to establish the outlines of American culture during this pivotal period.
I call these “accidentals,” borrowing a phrase from the world of ornithology, where
the term describes the freak appearance of a bird in unfamiliar surroundings—an American robin, T. migratorius, blown off course to the west coast of ...
Author: Bryan Sykes
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Crisscrossing the continent, a renowned geneticist provides a groundbreaking examination of America through its DNA. The best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve now turns his sights on the United States, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. From the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo, Bryan Sykes takes us on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans with compelling ancestral stories. His findings suggest: • Of Americans whose ancestors came as slaves, virtually all have some European DNA. • Racial intermixing appears least common among descendants of early New England colonists. • There is clear evidence of Jewish genes among descendants of southwestern Spanish Catholics. • Among white Americans, evidence of African DNA is most common in the South. • European genes appeared among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago. An unprecedented look into America's genetic mosaic and how we perceive race, DNA USA challenges the very notion of what we think it means to be American.
Madame Butterfly " figures in a distinctly American dialectic of cultural and
ideological power that is inseparable , at least ... released both Madame Butterfly
and Cecil B . DeMille ' s The Cheat , Japan was not an unfamiliar subject to American ...
Author: Daniel Bernardi
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Performing Arts
In The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of United States Cinema, Daniel Leonard Bernardi explores the importance...
The popularity of UFOs in the s marked the beginning of widespread interest in
other worlds in America's ... Television and photojournalism (Life magazine in
particular) brought the Vietnam War and unfamiliar Southeast Asian ...
Author: Sarah M. Pike
Publisher: Columbia University Press
From Shirley MacLaine's spiritual biography Out on a Limb to the teenage witches in the film The Craft, New Age and Neopagan beliefs have made sensationalistic headlines. In the mid- to late 1990s, several important scholarly studies of the New Age and Neopagan movements were published, attesting to academic as well as popular recognition that these religions are a significant presence on the contemporary North American religious landscape. Self-help books by New Age channelers and psychics are a large and growing market; annual spending on channeling, self-help businesses, and alternative health care is at $10 to $14 billion; an estimated 12 million Americans are involved with New Age activities; and American Neopagans are estimated at around 200,000. New Age and Neopagan Religions in America introduces the beliefs and practices behind the public faces of these controversial movements, which have been growing steadily in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America. What is the New Age movement, and how is it different from and similar to Neopaganism in its underlying beliefs and still-evolving practices? Where did these decentralized and eclectic movements come from, and why have they grown and flourished at this point in American religious history? What is the relationship between the New Age and Neopaganism and other religions in America, particularly Christianity, which is often construed as antagonistic to them? Drawing on historical and ethnographic accounts, Sarah Pike explores these questions and offers a sympathetic yet critical treatment of religious practices often marginalized yet soaring in popularity. The book provides a general introduction to the varieties of New Age and Neopagan religions in the United States today as well as an account of their nineteenth-century roots and emergence from the 1960s counterculture. Covering such topics as healing, gender and sexuality, millennialism, and ritual experience, it also furnishes a rich description and analysis of the spiritual worlds and social networks created by participants.
Reading most histories of colonial America gives one little indication that there
was any presence of Western esotericism ... and folk magic: these were ways that
, in an unfamiliar and often hostile New World, one perhaps could foretell or even
Author: Arthur Versluis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures. In this book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively on and were inspired by Western esoteric currents.
Author: Alexander O. ExquemelinPublish On: 2012-12-27
knowledge of the Latin American coast, and their ships, plying in the Caribbean,
were at the service of ambitious ... since an unfamiliar sail off shore nowadays
began to signify, not a useful cargo of trade goods or African slaves, but the
Author: Alexander O. Exquemelin
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Includes exploits of the infamous Henry Morgan and his burning of Panama City.
As three critics of an active American efl'ort to promote democracy put it, 'there is
no surer way to turn millions of America's admirers into America's opponents than
to force an unfamiliar social system on them'.10 Liberals bring forth a number ...
Author: Ole Holsti
Category: Political Science
Ole Holsti, one of the deans of US foreign policy analysis, examines the complex factors involved in the policy decision-making process including the beliefs and cognitive processes of foreign policy leaders and the influence public opinion has on foreign policy. The essays, in addition to being both theoretically and empirically rich, are historical in breadth--with essays on Vietnam--as well as contemporary in relevance--with essays on public opinion and foreign policy after 9/11.