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the Washington Children's Home Society in the Progressive Era
Adoption has been a politically charged subject since the Progressive Era, when it first became an established part of child welfare reform over one hundred years ago. In A Home for Every Child, Patricia Susan Hart looks at how, when, and why modern adoption practices became a part of child welfare policy.
The Seattle and San Francisco General Strikes
This historical, comparative, and cultural analysis of West Coast general strikes in 1919 and 1934 shows how strike participants were inspired by distinctly American notions of workplace democracy that can be traced back to the political philosophies of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic
This cultural and environmental history sweeps across the dramatic North Atlantic landscape, exploring its unusual geology, saga narratives, language, culture, and politics and analyzing its emergence as a distinctive and symbolic part of Europe. The book closes with a discussion of Iceland's modern whaling practices and its recent financial collapse.
Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor
In this moving memoir of a Holocaust survivor, Friedman confronts with unblinking honesty the pain, the shame, and occasionally the bizarre comedy of his passage to adulthood.
Ton Duc Thang and the Politics of History and Memory
The World War II Correspondence of an Issei Couple
Scholar Iwao Matsushita was interned as an enemy alien at Fort Missoula in Montana, his wife Hanaye at the Minidoka Relocation Center in southwestern Idaho. Their letters tell a poignant story of ignominy and despair.
Funerals in the Cultural Exchange between China and Europe
The death of the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci in China in 1610 was the occasion for demonstrations of European rituals appropriate for a Catholic priest and also of Chinese rituals appropriate to the country hosting the Jesuit community. Rather than burying Ricci immediately in a plain coffin near the church, according to their European practice, the Jesuits followed Chinese custom and kept Ricci's body for nearly a year in an air-tight Chinese-style coffin and asked the emperor for burial ground outside the city walls. Moreover, at Ricci's funeral itself, on their own initiative the Chinese performed their funerary rituals, thus starting a long and complex cultural dialogue in which they took the lead during the next century.
Romanticism and Beyond
The dialectic between reason and imagination forms a key element in Romantic and post-Romantic philosophy, science, literature, and art. This book explores the diverse theories and assessments of this dialectic in a collection of essays by philosophers and literary and cultural critics.
How the World Looks to a Federal Judge
During William L. Dwyer's fifteen-year tenure as a U.S. District Court judge, he presided over many complex and groundbreaking cases including the battle over the territory of the northern spotted owl. The fifteen speeches in this volume reveal the breadth and scope of Dwyer's legal wisdom.
Sex, Culture, and Neoliberal Governance in Vietnam
In the late 1980s, Vietnam joined the global economy after decades of war and relative isolation, demonstrating how a former socialist government can adapt to global market forces with their neoliberal emphasis on freedom of choice for entrepreneurs and consumers. The Ironies of Freedom examines an aspect of this new market: commercial sex.