New in paperback: creole culture and beer hall anarchists

Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today.

The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

The Creolization of American Culture - Christopher J Smith

Painter William Sidney Mount created some of the most well-known images of African American life in the mid 1800s.

In his book The Creolization of American Culture, Christopher J. Smith, uses Mount’s paintings as a lens through which one can view multiethnic antebellum world that gave birth to blackface minstrelsy.

Smith writes that the meticulous renderings of musicianship in Mount’s painting display performance techniques and class-inflected paths of apprenticeship that connected white and black practitioners.


Beer and Revolution: The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880-1914

Historian Tom Goyens examines an often misunderstood political movement of immigrant radicals in New York City from 1800 to 1914.

With a focus on beer over bombs, these German immigrant anarchists combined defiance with festivity.

In Beer and Revolution Goyens illustrates the alternative social lifestyle of these revolutionaries, from political meetings and public lectures to theatrical presentations.

Beer and Revolution is an extraordinary piece of work, and a rare find. I am astonished at the level of sophistication: it advances recent scholarly developments in charting geopolitical space and resurrects the kind of setting—a mixture of bohemianism and political radicalism—that is of increasing interest to young people today.” —Paul Buhle, co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left

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