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Published: Carole Emberton published an article,"Only Murder Makes Men: Reconsidering the Black Military Experience," Journal of the Civil War Era, 2, No . 3 (2012), which explores how abolitionists, military officials, and historians have created and maintained a discourse of martial manhood that equated freedom with fighting that entailed mixed implications for African Americans in the Civil War Era. Emberton argues that while martial manhood paved the way for black citizenship it also limited black participation in important ways and helped create a violent political culture in the Reconstruction South.

 

Published: Jennifer Gaynor published an article "Piracy in the Offing: the Law of Lands and the Limits of Sovereignty at Sea," Anthropological Quarterly 85, 3 ( 2012), which uses the offing as a metaphor to theorize piracy in relation to pivotal moments in Southeast Asia's maritime engagement with the world. "In the offing" usually indicates that something is about to happen. This figurative meaning derives from a literal one that refers to the visible sea beyond inshore navigational hazards. Nautically apt, the offing's literal sense also provides a useful metaphor for analyzing piracy. This analysis informs a discussion of infamous ethnic names that signified "pirates" in colonial European and Southeast Asian discourses. It then also anchors critical observations about contemporary piracy and the notion of failed states.

 

Published: David Herzberg published an article "Blockbusters and controlled substances: Miltown, Quaalude, and consumer demand for drugs in postwar America," Cambridge Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological Sciences 42,(4) (December 2011) explores an enduring irony of the American medical system: the need for regulatory campaigns to tame lively markets for drugs that had become popular, in part, because of advertising campaigns. This article uses the Miltown and Quaalude sagas to explore the issue of consumer demand for prescription medicines, arguing that efforts to stoke or quash that demand have shaped (and linked) America's medical system and its drug control regimes.

 

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Recently Published Books:

 

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) by Victoria Wolcott

The Physiocrats and the World of the Enlightenment
(Cambridge University Press, 2012) by Liana Vardi

The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) by Erik Seeman

 

Last updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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