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Dress British, Think Yiddish
How the Ivy League style at Yale—purveyed by Jewish clothiers—faded while the university changed its ideas ...
And We Shall Overcome
The important background and text of President Lyndon Johnson's 1965 Voting Rights speech to Congress.
Selections From: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
This story of a slave and his yearning to be free is one of the great ...
Race Goes To War
How questions of race followed black troops to the battlefields of World War II, and how ...
The Rise of the Standard Oil Company
With a singular vision, drive, and ruthlessness, John D. Rockefeller builds the Standard Oil Company into ...
These perceptive and loving letters during a time of decisive ferment are unparalleled in American history.
Birth of the Skyscraper
Louis Sullivan explores the cultural ideas as well as the engineering and architectural realities that led ...
Dawning of the Counter-culture: The 1960s
A lively survey of the eccentric politics and culture of ...
Terror and Torture in French Algeria
The French colonial empire began to fall apart after World War II, first in Madagascar and then in Vietnam and Cameroon. In 1954 nationalist forces in Algeria began an effort toward independence that lasted until 1962 and grew into a brutal struggle that ripped apart French society—in much the same way that the war in Vietnam would later split the United States. Algeria’s proximity to Europe, its political integration into France, and its large population of French settlers made it a unique possession. As France sought to hold on to its colony, both sides escalated the nature of the conflict to a point where it became a shameful betrayal of historic French values. Lisa Lieberman tells the story of this “dirty war” and in particular its impact on French intellectuals and political and military leaders. Coming so soon after the Nazi atrocities of World War II and the heroism of the French Resistance, the war in Algeria became a blot on the conscience of the French republic.
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