Category Archives: american history

 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

Author of Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow, Tyrone McKinley Freeman, answers questions about his inspirations, motivations and what he wants readers to know about his book. Q: Why did you decide to write … Continue reading

Author, Sara E. Lampert, of Starring Women: Celebrity, Patriarchy, and American Theater, 1790-1850 answers questions about her purpose for writing, book influences, and discoveries about entertainers for her book. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I have … Continue reading

Welcome to the 2020 University of Illinois Press American Anthropological Association virtual exhibit! While we wish this could be an in-person event, we’re still excited to show you new research in anthropology and ethnomusicology. Enjoy books, journal articles, author interviews, … Continue reading