Category Archives: american history

Thomas I. Faith is a historian at the U.S. Department of State. He answered some questions about his book Behind the Gas Mask: The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace. Q: When was poison gas first utilized as method … Continue reading

Initially published soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., David Levering Lewis’s King: A Biography was acclaimed by historians as a foundational work on the life of the civil rights icon. In 2013 the University of Illinois Press published an … Continue reading

On this date in 1967, an American institution—nay, the most sacred of secular holidays—was born. Super Bowl I pitted the Kansas City Chiefs, a team reared on red meat and jazz, against a Green Bay Packers franchise shaped by fried cheese curds … Continue reading

Louis Corsino is a professor of sociology at North Central College. He recently answered some questions about his book The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights. Q: Who were the “Chicago Heights boys” and what was their role in the … Continue reading

Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer Charles Ives was a virtual unknown in his lifetime. But in the 60 years since the composer’s death he has … Continue reading

American troops first faced poison gas on February 2, 1918. German artillery units used the cover of a heavy afternoon fog to lob shells filled with phosgene and diphosgene on men serving in the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary … Continue reading

Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy Painter William Sidney Mount created some of the most well-known images of African American life in the … Continue reading

David Lucander is a professor of history at SUNY Rockland Community College. He recently answered some questions about his UIP book Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946. Q: What was the March on Washington Movement (MOWM)? … Continue reading

Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region and Race by Wanda A. Hendricks has been selected as one of this year’s winners of the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for best work by a senior scholar. The award is … Continue reading

Richard C. Crepeau is a professor of history at the University of Central Florida and former president of the North American Society for Sports History. He answered some questions about his new book NFL Football: A History of America’s New … Continue reading