Journal of American History


Exploiting the North-South Differential: Corporate Power, Southern Politics, and the Decline of Organized Labor after World War II

This advertisement, promoting Greenville, Mississippi, was part of Mississippi: Ballots for Business, a sixteen-page advertising supplement that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday, April 4, 1954. The supplement was produced by the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board to tout the attractiveness of local communities and the state as sites for industrial investment.
Courtesy Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Greenville, Miss.

The defense of states’ rights by white southerners in the post—World War II era has long been understood as a strategy to prevent federal interference with racial segregation. By tracing the relocation of the Alexander Smith Carpet Company from Yonkers, New York, to Greenville, Mississippi, in the early 1950s, Tami J. Friedman shows that upholding states’ rights had economic as well as racial connotations. The argument for states’ rights appealed to northern businessmen seeking favorable investment climates as well as to southern boosters who hoped industrialization would help preserve their region’s racial and political status quo. This essay explores how a shared commitment to capital migration united northern and southern leaders across regional boundaries, increasing the vulnerability of workers and communities to corporate power on both sides of the North-South divide. (pp. 323–48) Read online >

The Religious Encounters of Alfred C. Kinsey

The evangelist E. J. Daniels, the director of the Christ for the World ministry in Orlando, Florida, published this scathing critique of Alfred C. Kinsey’s work in 1954. It included sermons from religious conservatives such as Billy Graham and John Wimbish. Prior to publishing this book, Daniels wrote Kinsey for permission to quote extensively from Kinsey’s two volumes on male and female sexual behavior, including the passages he wished to use, but Kinsey angrily refused. He accused Daniels of selectively seeking inflammatory sentences, and Kinsey also reminded Daniels that lawyers would be watching for the book’s publication. Cover illustration of E. J. Daniels, I Accuse Kinsey! (Orlando: Christ for the World, 1954).

Following the publication of Alfred C. Kinsey’s two most famous works—Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)— his critics branded him as a foe of traditional religion and an enemy of American Christian values. Kinsey’s disdain for what he saw as outdated religious moralizing about issues such as premarital and homosexual sex is apparent. But, R. Marie Griffith shows, he had ties to important liberal Protestant leaders. By exploring Kinsey’s correspondence with members of the clergy and tracing the work on sexual issues that many of those religious leaders pursued after his death, Griffith analyzes Kinsey’s impact on religious ideas about sex in both liberal and conservative religious circles. Seeing Kinsey’s influence on religious liberals helps us rethink the complicated relationship between religion and sexuality, and the so-called culture wars, in recent U.S. history. (pp. 349–77) Read online >

The Senses in American History: A Round Table

What does increasing interest in the multidisciplinary study of the senses have to offer historians? This Journal of American History round table, guest edited by Mark M. Smith, offers essays by Smith, Gerard J. Fitzgerald and Gabriella M. Petrick, Connie Y. Chiang, Richard Cullen Rath, James W. Cook, and David Howes that acquaint readers with the historiography of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. The essays offer case studies suggestive of how historians might attend to the senses in their own work.

Still Coming to “Our” Senses: An Introduction

by Mark M. Smith (pp. 378–80) Read online >

Getting in Touch with Slavery and Freedom

Mark M. Smith challenges the argument that tactility—literal and metaphorical reliance on the sense of touch to explain experience—is a preeminently premodern form of knowledge. In Enlightenment America, he suggests, defining social issues were processed, not just visually, but in a multisensory fashion. He points specifically to the importance of tacility in elaborating eighteenth- and nineteenth-century meanings of slavery, capitalism, humanitarianism, and freedom. Adam Smith’s seen hand held a powerful tactile, or haptic, quality for antebellum Americans, one that helped inform sectional identity. There was more to modernity than meets the eye; skin—how it was felt as well as seen—was critical to elaborations of self and other, slave and free, black and white, northerner and southerner. (pp. 381–91) Read online >

In Good Taste: Rethinking American History with Our Palates

The sense of taste is often overlooked in the study of history, but Gerard J. Fitzgerald and Gabriella M. Petrick show how “tasting” history can recast our understanding of American industrialization. Focusing on two of the new mass-produced, nationally distributed foods made available in the wake of industrialization, this article examines how iceberg lettuce came to define salad in the United States and how teenagers’ demand for sweets dramatically increased soda consumption after World War II. In both instances, the foods Americans consumed changed radically, as did the perceptions of their palatability. By simultaneously examining the biological and cultural aspects of taste, we learn that what Americans ate, as much as who Americans were, shaped what tasted “good.” (pp. 392–404) Read online >

The Nose Knows: The Sense of Smell in American History

This 1906 photograph shows Hotel Del Monte guests or churchgoers walking past drying fish nets on their way toward the center of Monterey, California, after visiting Booth’s cannery. The fishing industry could be a tourist attraction, but odors from the sardine plants also sparked numerous conflicts between labor and leisure.
Courtesy Monterey Public Library, California History Room Archives.

Americans have long lived in an odorous world, but few historians have examined how the sense of smell shaped the past. Connie Y. Chiang explores the significance of smell, arguing that an olfactory approach to studying the past provides a powerful tool for understanding American history. Using Monterey, California, in the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century, as a case study, Chiang shows that Americans obtained knowledge about their social and physical surroundings through their noses. Because of the intrinsic subjectivity of smell, contending groups could interpret odors to suit their changing values and agendas and construct smells in ways that might enable them to wield power over people and places. A smell-centered analysis provides insight into the inextricable links between social and environmental changes across the American landscape. (pp. 405–417) Read online >

Hearing American History

Richard Cullen Rath’s essay encourages historians to consider the senses, in particular hearing, as being historically situated rather than functioning in a state of nature and to broaden their notion of what Americans heard beyond music and speech to include the full spectrum of hearing at particular times and places. A spate of recent books and articles have done just that, and the one thing they all share is the power to open the ears of historians to the importance of hearing and sound in the construction of modernity. Innovations in media, their work suggests, have often had unforeseen consequences that have both reflected and constituted changes in the ways modern people hear. (pp. 417–31) Read online >

Seeing the Visual in U.S. History

For many years historians tended to conceptualize visual sources one-dimensionally, as the stuff of “illustrations.” Recently, this reflex has given way to innovative studies of seeing itself, defined by scholars as a sensory activity and a culturally mediated form of perception; a spectrum of representations and a mix of observational techniques; unconscious apprehension and structured spectatorship. James W. Cook explores these heterogeneous dimensions of visual experience and demonstrates their importance for core issues in U.S. historiography: from the rise of consumerism to political struggles around minority self-representation. His essay concludes by pondering vision’s increasingly contested preeminence among the five senses—a position, Cook argues, that cannot simply be undone by revisionist scholarship. (pp. 432–41) Read online >

Can These Dry Bones Live? An Anthropological Approach to the History of the Senses

An intense new interest in the cultural life of the senses is sweeping the human sciences. In his essay, David Howes sets the stage for a mutually enriching dialogue between the disciplines of history and anthropology on how to chart the varieties of sensory experiences across cultures and in different historical periods. Analyzing the sensory values espoused by a society is vital to understanding how its members conceive of and interact with each other and the surrounding world. Howes suggests methodological strategies in a bid to disclose how contemporary historians can recover the sense(s) of the past. (pp. 442–51) Read online >


The Promise of Digital History

Daniel J. Cohen, Michael Frisch, Patrick Gallagher, Steven Mintz, Kirsten Sword, Amy Murrell Taylor, William G. Thomas III, and William J. Turkel (pp. 442–51) Read online >

Book Reviews

Sept. 2008, Vol. 95 No. 2

Alphabetical by the last name of the book's first author or editor.

  • Abel, Tuberculosis and the Politics of Exclusion: A History of Public Health and Migration to Los Angeles, by Susan Craddock
  • Akenson, Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself, by Kathryn M. Daynes
  • Alkebulan, Survival Pending Revolution: The History of the Black Panther Party, by Andrew Witt
  • Amussen, Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640–1700, by Matthew Mason
  • Anderson, Dan Moody: Crusader for Justice, by Cary D. Wintz
  • Anderson and Ernst, eds., The War That Never Ends: New Perspectives on the Vietnam War, by William Head
  • Aronowitz, Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society, by Samantha J. King
  • Aucoin, A Rift in the Clouds: Race and the Southern Federal Judiciary, 1900–1910, by Kevin J. McMahon
  • Auerbach, Body Shots: Early Cinema’s Incarnations, by Steve J. Wurtzler
  • Barney, The Making of a Confederate: Walter Lenoir’s Civil War, by Martin Crawford
  • Basson, White Enough to Be American? Race Mixing, Indigenous People, and the Boundaries of State and Nation, by Katherine Ellinghaus
  • Bellin, Medicine Bundle: Indian Sacred Performance and American Literature, 1824–1932, by Gordon Sayre
  • Berglund, Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846–1906, by Elliott R. Barkan
  • Bjorkman, Verne Sankey: America’s First Public Enemy, by David E. Ruth
  • Blight, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation, by Joanne Pope Melish
  • Boggis, Raimon, and White, eds., Harriet Wilson’s New England: Race, Writing, and Region, by Robert S. Levine
  • Boucher, France and the American Tropics to 1700: Tropics of Discontent?, by John McNeill
  • Boyarsky, Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics, by Jacqueline Braitman
  • Brown, The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England, by Lisa M. Gordis
  • Brown, ed., Coastal Encounters: The Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century, by Daniel S. Murphree
  • Brundage and Cosgrove, The Great Tradition: Constitutional History and National Identity in Britain and the United States, 1870–1960, by Stephen M. Griffin
  • Bruyneel, The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations, by Akim D. Reinhardt
  • Budiansky, The Bloody Shirt: Terror After Appomattox, by Nicole Etcheson
  • Burton and Smith, Colonial Natchitoches: A Creole Community on the Louisiana-Texas Frontier, by Light Townsend Cummins
  • Butler, Votaries of Apollo: The St. Cecilia Society and the Patronage of Concert Music in Charleston, South Carolina, 1766–1820, by Cynthia A. Kierner
  • Campbell, Guterl, and Lee, eds., Race, Nation, & Empire in American History, by Daniel E. Bender
  • Campbell, In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire along the Inside Passage, by Barry Gough
  • Campbell, Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers, by James R. Ralph Jr.
  • Carnahan, Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War, by Matthew Pinsker
  • Carroll, American Catholics in the Protestant Imagination: Rethinking the Academic Study of Religion, by Thomas Saunders Kidd
  • Castronovo, Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era, by Jeremy Engels
  • Charles, J. Edgar Hoover and the Anti-interventionists: fbi Political Surveillance and the Rise of the Domestic Security State, 1939–1945, by Richard Gid Powers
  • Chebahtah and Minor, Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior Who Captured Herman Lehmann, by Joseph A. Stout Jr.
  • Clanton, A Common Humanity: Kansas Populism and the Battle for Justice and Equality, 1854–1903, by James L. Hunt
  • Clark, Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism, by Jeremy D. Mayer
  • Coleman and Siracusa, Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy, by J. Samuel Walker
  • Cook, Alfred Kazin: A Biography, by Stuart E. Knee
  • Crespino, In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution, by Gregory L. Schneider
  • Cumfer, Separate Peoples, One Land: The Minds of Cherokees, Blacks, and Whites on the Tennessee Frontier, by Joshua David Bellin
  • Cutler, A Soul on Trial: A Marine Corps Mystery at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by H. Michael Gelfand
  • Dallam, Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer, by Judith Weisenfeld
  • Davies, See Government Grow: Education Politics from Johnson to Reagan, by Harvey Kantor
  • DeLuzio, Female Adolescence in American Scientific Thought, 1830–1930, by Ellen Herman
  • DeRosier, William Dunbar: Scientific Pioneer of the Old Southwest, by Kevin J. Fernlund
  • Doherty, Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration, by Jerold L. Simmons
  • Dotson, Roanoke, Virginia, 1882–1912: Magic City of the New South, by David Goldfield
  • Dowling, Charles Eliot Norton: The Art of Reform in Nineteenth-Century America, by Hugh Davis
  • Durham, White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics, by John Ehrman
  • Ellis, Law and Order in Buffalo Bill’s Country: Legal Culture and Community on the Great Plains, 1867–1910, by Peter J. Hill
  • Enke, Finding the Movement: Sexuality, Contested Space, and Feminist Activism, by Benita Roth
  • Fairchild, Bayer, and Colgrove, with Wolfe, Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America, by Richard A. Meckel
  • Farrar, Building the Body Politic: Power and Urban Space in Washington, D.C., by Carl Abbott
  • Friedman, Guarding Life’s Dark Secrets: Legal and Social Controls over Reputation, Propriety, and Privacy, by Norma Basch
  • Frizzell, Independent Immigrants: A Settlement of Hanoverian Germans in Western Missouri, by Steven D. Reschly
  • Gallman, America’s Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, by Sylvia D. Hoffert
  • Gardella, American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World, by Andrew Stern
  • Gerteis, Class and the Color Line: Interracial Class Coalition in the Knights of Labor and the Populist Movement, by Jeffrey J. Crow
  • Ghamari-Tabrizi, The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Thermonuclear War, by Shane J. Maddock
  • Gillespie and Beachy, eds., Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World, by Aaron Fogleman
  • Goyens, Beer and Revolution: The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880–1914, by John B. Jentz
  • Graves, In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812, by Larry L. Nelson
  • Gray, The Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Superiors, and the Paradox of Power, 1693–1796, by Paola Gemme
  • Graybill, Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875–1910, by Richard A. Van Orman
  • Guelzo, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America, by Wayne Temple
  • Hackel and Kelly, eds., Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500–1800, by Teresa Toulouse
  • Havard and Vidal, Histoire de l’Amérique francaise (History of French America), by Philip P. Boucher
  • Henry, Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations, by Thomas J. Davis
  • Hernández-Ehrisman, Inventing the Fiesta City: Heritage and Carnival in San Antonio, by Judith Berg Sobré
  • High and Lewis, Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization, by Louis P. Cain
  • Holland, Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America—Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln, by David Wagner
  • Holzer and Gabbard, eds., Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment, by Kirt H. Wilson
  • Hutchison, Writing the Republic: Liberalism and Morality in American Political Fiction, by Barbara Foley
  • Kamensky, The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse, by Lynne Pierson Doti
  • Keith, The Colfax Massacre: The Untold Story of Black Power, White Terror, and the Death of Reconstruction, by Michael Fellman
  • Keller, America’s Three Regimes: A New Political History, by Richard J. Ellis
  • Kelton, Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast, 1492–1715, by James H. O’Donnell III
  • Kidd, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, by J. Richard Olivas
  • Kilpatrick, There When We Needed Him: Wiley Austin Branton, Civil Rights Warrior, by Kenneth R. Janken
  • Kim, Labor Law and Labor Policy in New York State, 1920s–1930s, by Randolph E. Bergstrom
  • Kirk, Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism, by William Kahrl
  • Klingle, Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle, by R. Bruce Stephenson
  • Krouse, North American Indians in the Great War, by Sherry L. Smith
  • Krutnik, Neale, Neve, and Stanfield, eds., “Un-American” Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era, by James J. Lorence
  • Lacey, American Pragmatism and Democratic Faith, by George Cotkin
  • Lahr, Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares: The Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism, by H. Larry Ingle
  • Lang, Karl Loewenstein: Transatlantischer Denker der Politik (Karl Loewenstein: Transatlantic political thinker), by Joseph W. Bendersky
  • Largent, Breeding Contempt: The History of Coerced Sterilization in the United States, by James W. Trent
  • Lerner, When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine, by Robert S. Robins
  • Levin, The Making of fdr: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America’s First Modern Press Secretary, by Donald A. Ritchie
  • Lovoll, The Promise Fulfilled: A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today, by Steven R. Hoffbeck
  • Mach, “Gentleman George” Hunt Pendleton: Party Politics and Ideological Identity in Nineteenth-Century America, by Adam I. P. Smith
  • Madison, Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II, by Leisa D. Meyer
  • McClintock, Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession, by Susan-Mary Grant
  • McElya, Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America, by Nikki Brown
  • McGuinness, Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush, by Nancy J. Taniguchi
  • McMillen, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement, by Sherry H. Penney
  • McWilliams, Building the Bay Colony: Local Economy and Culture in Early Massachusetts, by Richard P. Gildrie
  • Meeks, Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona, by Pablo Mitchell
  • Meldahl, Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail, by David A. Wolff
  • Meyer, Days on the Family Farm: From the Golden Age through the Great Depression, by Barbara Handy-Marchello
  • Meyerson, Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World, by Ralph Ketcham
  • Michels, A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, by Daniel Katz
  • Migliazzo, To Make This Land Our Own: Community, Identity, and Cultural Adaptation in Purrysburg Township, South Carolina, 1732–1865, by Archie Vernon Huff Jr.
  • Miles and Holland, eds., Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, by Stephen W. Angell
  • Miller, Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan before Pearl Harbor, by Richard J. Smethurst
  • Millman, The Detonators: The Secret Plot to Destroy America and an Epic Hunt for Justice, by Louis Fisher
  • Morris, The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln’s Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America, by Wayne Temple
  • Mulroy, The Seminole Freedmen: A History, by Andrew K. Frank
  • Neely, The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction, by J. Matthew Gallman
  • Nevels, Lynching to Belong: Claiming Whiteness through Racial Violence, by Stewart E. Tolnay
  • Noer, Soapy: A Biography of G. Mennen Williams, by Martin Halpern
  • Oakes, The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics, by Stanley Harrold
  • Ogbar, Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap, by Eithne Quinn
  • Paludan, ed., Lincoln’s Legacy: Ethics and Politics, by William C. Harris
  • Pecknold, The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry, by Jeffrey J. Lange
  • Petroski, The Toothpick: Technology and Culture, by Robert D. Friedel
  • Phillips, Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility, by Ian Binnington
  • Pickenpaugh, Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison Policy, by Louis S. Gerteis
  • Pineo, Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers, by William L. Cumiford
  • Prescott, Student Bodies: The Influence of Student Health Services in American Society and Medicine, by Joel D. Howell
  • Purcell, Originalism, Federalism, and the American Constitutional Enterprise: A Historical Inquiry, by Paul D. Moreno
  • Ray, Middle Tennessee, 1775–1825: Progress and Popular Democracy on the Southwestern Frontier, by Paul H. Bergeron
  • Reagan, Tomes, and Treichler, eds., Medicine’s Moving Pictures: Medicine, Health, and Bodies in American Film and Television, by Gregg A. Mitman
  • Reséndez, A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca, the Extraordinary Tale of a Shipwrecked Spaniard Who Walked across America in the Sixteenth Century, by Paul E. Hoffman
  • Reynolds, Texas Terror: The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1860 and the Secession of the Lower South, by Ralph A. Wooster
  • Reynolds, Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century, by E. Bruce Geelhoed
  • Rhoden, ed., English Atlantics Revisited: Essays Honouring Professor Ian K. Steele, by David Armitage
  • Rhodes, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon, by Yohuru R. Williams
  • Roland, Bolster, and Keyssar, The Way of the Ship: America’s Maritime History Reenvisioned, 1600–2000, by Lawrence C. Allin
  • Román, Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, and Spectacles in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898–1956, by Gerald E. Poyo
  • Rosen, American Indians and State Law: Sovereignty, Race, and Citizenship, 1790–1880, by Kevin Bruyneel
  • Rosenberg, Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now, by Elizabeth Siegel Watkins
  • Samuel, The End of the Innocence: The 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, by Matthew Bokovoy
  • Sandoval-Strausz, Hotel: An American History, by Bryant Franklin Tolles Jr.
  • Saunt, Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family, by William L. Hewitt
  • Schroer, Recasting Race after World War II: Germans and African Americans in American-Occupied Germany, by Heike Raphael-Hernandez
  • Shaffer, Performing Patriotism: National Identity in the Colonial and Revolutionary American Theater, by Scott C. Martin
  • Sheehan-Dean, Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia, by David Gleeson
  • Smoak, Ghost Dances and Identity: Prophetic Religion and American Indian Ethnogenesis in the Nineteenth Century, by Ronald T. McCoy
  • Steensland, The Failed Welfare Revolution: America’s Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy, by Edward D. Berkowitz
  • Storch, Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928–35, by John Earl Haynes
  • Sturken, Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero, by Kenneth E. Foote
  • Szasz, Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World, by Patrick Griffin
  • Taylor, A. Philip Randolph: The Religious Journey of an African American Labor Leader, by Anthony B. Pinn
  • Thompson, The Politics of Inequality: A Political History of the Idea of Economic Inequality in America, by Jonathan M. Chu
  • Valk, Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C., by Louise Michele Newman
  • White, Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House: A Historical Perspective, by M. Elizabeth Sanders
  • Wilford, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the cia Played America, by Loch K. Johnson
  • Winterer, The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750–1900, by Jean V. Matthews
  • Xia, Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks during the Cold War, 1949–1972, by Steven Goldstein
  • Zavodnyik, The Age of Strict Construction: A History of the Growth of Federal Power, 1789–1861, by Michael P. Zuckert

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The evangelist Billy Graham delivered a sermon, “The Bible and Dr. Kinsey,” on his popular radio program, The Hour of Decision, on September 13, 1953. Highly critical of Alfred C. Kinsey, the sermon was subsequently printed and widely distributed in pamphlet form. Cover illustration of Billy Graham, The Bible and Dr. Kinsey (Minneapolis: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1953). Courtesy The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Inc. See R. Marie Griffith, “The Religious Encounters of Alfred C. Kinsey,” p. 349.

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