Category Archives: american history

Welcome to the 2021 virtual exhibit for the Labor and Working-Class History Association! Enjoy our extensive representation of labor history in our books, blog posts, and more. From May 20– 28 we are offering 50% off of all of our … Continue reading

Cara A. Finnegan, author of Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital, answers questions on her scholarly influences, discoveries, and reader takeaways in her book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? The initial idea for the … Continue reading

Jason Stacy, author of Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town, answers questions about his inspirations and discoveries while writing his book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I’ve wanted … Continue reading

 May’s free ebook is here! We’re giving away Muncie India(na): Middletown and Asian America by Himanee Gupta-Carlson! Muncie, Indiana, remains the epitome of an American town. Yet scholars built the image of so-called typical communities across the United States on … Continue reading

Candace Bailey, author of Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South, recently answered some questions about the inspirations behind and discoveries she made while writing her new book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? In … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 Organization of American Historians! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author interviews, and more. When you buy 3 books you … Continue reading

From the beginnings of silent films to the talkies we have now, women have played a pivotal role in the development of film whether it be behind the scenes or on the screen. In early theater, women challenged gender roles … Continue reading

Dana M. Caldemeyer, author of Union Renegades: Miners, Capitalism, and Organizing in the Gilded Age answers questions about her influences, discoveries, and common misconceptions while writing her book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I started researching … Continue reading

Co-editors, Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison, of Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy answer questions abut their influences, discoveries, and dispel myths about bluegrass music. Q: Why did you decide to put this collection together? Bartenstein: The story … Continue reading

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 American Historical Association extended conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author interviews, and more. Be sure to use promo … Continue reading