Power Lines examines a series of moments of technical change when electricity accrued new social meaning, plotting both power lines and the power of narratives in American life and literature. Power Lines: Electricity in American [...]
Electricity in American Life From 1876, when the first effective dynamo/generator that produced a steady current of electricity was invented, Americans reacted to this new phenomenon of electricity in many different ways. Professor Jennifer [...]
Varian Fry's gripping original account of the various attempts to rescue Jewish refugees from Hitler's Europe. Surrender on Demand
You'll often hear the phrase that there's "a special place in hell (or a special circle of hell, or special level of hell) reserved for…" which then proceeds on to a quip about a [...]
There are countless ways to create the dish called pizza, as well as a never-ending debate on the best way of cooking it. Carol Helstosky documents the fascinating history and cultural life of this chameleon-like [...]
Yes, it's me, your favorite professor, here to get you back on the straight and narrow. Today I'm going to talk about something called "the pizza effect," but it's not the effect that pizza [...]
Based upon Japanese naval documentary sources, this biography is an in-depth look at the life and times of the architect of the Pearl Harbor raid, and the military institution of which he was a part.
As we awake on December 7th, I am reminded of the supposed reaction of the Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto when their attack on Pearl Harbor was completed. Pondering the reports of the successful attack, [...]
Members of the Society of Friends, better known as Quakers, are usually considered very thoughtful people. Their religious services, simply called "Meetings," are modest and quiet compared to those of most other Christian denominations. [...]
Marcus Rediker, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist.
Marcus Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was [...]