Category Archives: american history

In the new UIP release The Dumville Letters, Anne M. Heinz and John P. Heinz bring us the antebellum-era correspondence of Ann Dumville and her daughters Hepzibah, Jemima, and Elizabeth, as well as their acquaintances. Kept at the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, the Dumville … Continue reading

How to get away with the perfect murder is one of those bull session perennials, a topic of unending fascination. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, a pair of University of Chicago students, took the matter a little too seriously. Convinced … Continue reading

Nathan Michael Corzine is an instructor in history at Coastal Carolina Community College. He recently answered some questions about his book Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball. Q: Are there any surprises when it comes to … Continue reading

To judge when an emerging pathogen enters the historical record, we look to medical journals and the Centers for Disease Control. To judge when an emerging pathogen enters the zeitgiest, we look to panicked news reports and conspiracy theorists on … Continue reading

The Zika virus. It’s making headlines and provoking anxieties. A disease-causing pathogen carried by Aedes mosquitoes—the culprits behind yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya, among other ills—Zika was isolated in Uganda in the 1940s. Mosquitoes being mosquitoes, and humans having the habit … Continue reading

David Lucander, author Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946, was recognized by the African American Historical Society of Rockland County (NY) with this year’s Griot Award. The award is given “for outstanding contributions in transmitting … Continue reading

For the month of February 2016, to coincide with Black History Month, we have lowered the e-book list price of three titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom by Sonja … Continue reading

It is no surprise that World War II, the most massive war in human history, receives the most attention from the publishing industry. Biography on figures like Churchill and FDR crowd the bookstore table, as do studies by military historians … Continue reading

Will Kaufman, the author of UIP’s Woody Guthrie: American Radical, just published a piece in The Conversation about a recent discovery he made in the Guthrie archives. Maybe you’ve seen it referenced all over the Internet. Well, Kaufman kickstarted the meme with his article. Revealed: … Continue reading

A Hard Fight for We: Women’s Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina, by Leslie A. Schwalm African American women fought bravely and tenaciously for their freedom during the Civil War and after. Focusing on slave women on the … Continue reading