John Adams, Slavery, and Race

History / Military

John Adams, Slavery, and Race: Ideas, Politics, and Diplomacy in an Age of Crisis
Remembering World War I in America
Religious Freedom in America: A Reference Handbook
Sugar: Micheal Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA
Biodeconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Life Sciences

John Adams, Slavery, and Race: Ideas, Politics, and Diplomacy in an Age of Crisis

Praeger | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1440859507 | 278 pages | PDF | 17.46 mb

by Arthur Scherr (Author)
Providing the first full investigation of second U.S. president John Adams’ attitudes toward slavery, blacks, and the Haitian Revolution, this iconoclastic study illuminates the inner and outer worlds of Adams for scholars and general readers.
• Supplies a knowledge of John Adams’ views―information that reveals him as hardly a paragon in matters of racial equality―that will facilitate a more realistic appraisal of early American culture, politics, and diplomacy at a time when the dogma of “American exceptionalism” is under attack at U.S. universities and in the media
• Fills a major gap in our collective knowledge of Adams, a seminal figure in American history, correcting scholars’ false assumptions, exposing flawed research, and disclosing a “darker side” of the great second U.S. president
• Reveals the real reasons John Adams assisted Toussaint Louverture and his black rebels in the Haitian Revolution
Review
“A lucid and thoroughly researched book on John Adams’s position on one of the most important political and moral issues of American life. No future scholar will be able to write on Adams and slavery without consulting this book.” (Jerold Waltman, R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science, Baylor University)
“In this book, Scherr claims boldly that much of what we know of John Adams by today’s historians is the result of ‘Federalist chic,’ not scrutiny of the facts concerning Adams’s words and deeds. Adams’s views on slavery and race are much neglected or understudied subjects. Scherr here offers a critical corrective, audacious and fact-based, to today’s hagiographical depictions. This outstanding study will certainly force readers to rethink the image of Adams we are today spoon-fed by many authors, who seem to write history prejudicially, not veridically.” (M. Andrew Holowchak, PhD, Philosopher and Historian, Editor of Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times)
About the Author
Arthur Scherr, PhD, teaches history at the City University of New York.

Remembering World War I in America

University of Nebraska | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0803290853 | 294 pages | PDF | 3.64 mb

by Kimberly J. Lamay Licursi (Author)
Poised to become a significant player in the new world order, the United States truly came of age during and after World War I. Yet many Americans think of the Great War simply as a precursor to World War II. Americans, including veterans, hastened to put experiences and memories of the war years behind them, reflecting a general apathy about the war that had developed during the 1920s and 1930s and never abated.
In Remembering World War I in America Kimberly J. Lamay Licursi explores the American public’s collective memory and common perception of World War I by analyzing the extent to which it was expressed through the production of cultural artifacts related to the war. Through the analysis of four vectors of memory—war histories, memoirs, fiction, and film—Lamay Licursi shows that no consistent image or message about the war ever arose that resonated with a significant segment of the American population. Not many war histories materialized, war memoirs did not capture the public’s attention, and war novels and films presented a fictional war that either bore little resemblance to the doughboys’ experience or offered discordant views about what the war meant. In the end Americans emerged from the interwar years with limited pockets of public memory about the war that never found compromise in a dominant myth.
Review
“Kimberly Lamay Licursi explores with nuance and detail the American cultural memory of the Great War before 1941. Using understudied sources, such as pulp fiction and abandoned state history projects, she deftly shows how the act of ‘forgetting’ the war was based on remembering it in divergent ways. Fascinating and timely reading.”—Stephen R. Ortiz, professor of history at Binghamton University (SUNY) and author of Veterans’ Policies, Veterans’ Politics and Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill
(Stephen R. Ortiz 2017-09-19)
“I am impressed by the thoroughness with which Kimberly J. Lamay Licursi has combed through archival records related to state-level remembrance projects. And I admire (and regard as a model) the way she grounds her assertions about cultural influence in quantifiable specifics—in inventories of library holdings, recommendations in library journals, and the like.”—Steven K. Trout, professor of English at the University of South Alabama and author of On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919–1941
(Steven K. Trout 2017-09-19)
About the Author

Religious Freedom in America: A Reference Handbook

ABC-CLIO | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1440851042 | 350 pages | PDF | 2.92 mb

by Michael C. LeMay (Author)
This book provides the answers to controversial questions about religious liberties in the United States and connected issues through balanced, thorough, and nonjudgmental coverage of the issues in a reference format.
• Ideally suited for students and general readers who want to learn more about the history and current events concerning religious freedom in an easy-to-understand fashion
• Includes a Perspectives chapter that allows readers to “hear” opposing voices from individuals who are concerned with religious freedom in America
• Presents the facts about religious freedom so that readers can reach their own conclusions
• Highlights the challenge of reaching an agreement on the line of church/state separation that exempts some individuals from obeying laws because of their religious beliefs in an increasingly pluralistic society comprising members of diverse faiths
About the Author
Hillary E. Brevig is a freelance author who has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
James John Jurinski is an attorney who has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books, including ABC-CLIO’s Religion on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents and Religion in the Schools: A Reference Handbook

Sugar: Micheal Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA

University of Nebraska | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1496202163 | 192 pages | PDF | 588 kb

by Charley Rosen (Author)
The 1980s were arguably the NBA s best decade, giving rise to Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan.
They were among the game s greatest players who brought pro basketball out of its 1970s funk and made it faster, more fluid, and more exciting. Off the court the game was changing rapidly too, with the draft lottery, shoe commercials, and a style driven largely by excess.
One player who personified the eighties excess is Micheal Ray Richardson. During his eight-year career in the NBA (1978 86), he was a four-time All-Star, twice named to the All-Defense team, and the first player to lead the league in both assists and steals. He was also a heavy cocaine user who went on days-long binges but continued to be signed by teams that hoped he d get straight. Eventually he was the first and only player to be permanently disqualified from the NBA for repeat drug use.
Tracking the rise, fall, and eventual redemption of Richardson throughout his playing days and subsequent coaching career, Charley Rosen describes the life defining pitfalls Richardson and other players faced and considers key themes such as off court and on court racism, anti-Semitism, womanizing, allegations of point shaving within the league, and drug and alcohol abuse by star players.
By constructing his various lines of narration around the polarizing figure of Richardson equal parts basketball savant, drug addict, and pariah Rosen illuminates some of the more unseemly aspects of the NBA during this period, going behind the scenes to provide an account of what the league s darker side was like during its celebrated golden age.
Review
Charley Rosen, the voice of NBA history, has dialed up a biography of Sugar Ray Richardson s experiences in life and basketball. Sugar is both a painful and empathetic experience of a man s quest to exorcise his demons. Basketball is his expression of joy, but life isn t that easy for Ray. It s a timepiece on NBA basketball in the 80s and on our society s ability to move through the blocks of our racial issues. –Phil Jackson
About the Author
Charley Rosen is a writer who previously worked as an NBA analyst for FOXSports.com and whose work has appeared on Fanragsports.com. He is the author of twenty-one sports books, including The Chosen Game: A Jewish Basketball History (Nebraska, 2017) and Crazy Basketball: A Life In and Out of Bounds (Nebraska, 2011). He has coauthored two books with NBA coach Phil Jackson

Biodeconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Life Sciences

SUNY | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1438468857 | 248 pages | PDF | 1.12 mb

by Francesco Vitale (Author), Mauro Senatore (Translator)
Analyzes Derrida’s 1975 seminar “La vie la mort” as a deconstruction of biology with relevance to his work more broadly.
Review
“This book is extremely interesting and engaging, and provides a very original and timely perspective on Derrida’s work. Its greatest strength is bringing together Derrida’s ‘deconstruction’ in his analysis of the life sciences under the heading of ‘biodeconstruction.’ This term is simple but ingenious, and captures beautifully the material dimension of Derrida’s work.” – Nicole Anderson, author of Derrida: Ethics Under Erasure
About the Author
Francesco Vitale is Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Salerno, Italy. He is the author of The Last Fortress of Metaphysics: Jacques Derrida and the Deconstruction of Architecture, also published by SUNY Press, and the author and editor of several books in Italian on Derrida and contemporary French philosophy.
Mauro Senatore is a British Academy Fellow at Durham University in the United Kingdom and Adjunct Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy at the Instituto de Humanidades, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. He is the author of Germs of Death: The Problem of Genesis in Jacques Derrida, also published by SUNY Press