Sunday, December 6, 2009

Irish in the South 1815 1877 or In the Path of Hizbullah

Irish in the South, 1815-1877

Author: David T Gleeson

The only comprehensive study of Irish immigrants in the nineteenth-century South, this book makes a valuable contribution to the story of the Irish in America and to our understanding of southern culture.

Lawrence J. McCaffrey

David T. Gleeson demonstrates that Irish America comes in different shades of green. In his perceptive, well-researched, and readable The Irish in the South, 1815-1877 he reveals its regional diversity.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Forgotten People of the Old South1
Ch. 1The Irish Diaspora10
Ch. 2Urban Pioneers in the Old South23
Ch. 3Earning a Living38
Ch. 4Family, Community, and Ethnic Awareness55
Ch. 5Keeping the Faith74
Ch. 6The Irish, the Natives, and Politics94
Ch. 7The Know-Nothing Challenge107
Ch. 8Slavery, State Rights, and Secession121
Ch. 9The Green and the Gray141
Ch. 10Irish Confederates158
Ch. 11Postwar Integration173
Conclusion: Irish Southerners187
Occupational Status Classification195
Selected Bibliography239

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In the Path of Hizbullah

Author: ANizar Hamzeh

This book serves as a road map for understanding not only Hizbullah but also other Islamist groups and their challenges to contemporary politics. Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh examines the Hizbullah of Lebanon through a structural analysis using original and archival sources. Employing a theoretical framework drawing on a broad range of studies on crisis conditions, leadership, political parties, and guerrilla warfare, In the Path of Hizbullah stands alone in its qualitative and quantitative exploration of one of the most complex contemporary Islamist organizations and offers a thoughtful perspective on the party's future.


What makes Hamzeh's book unique is that it focuses not so much on Hizbullah's ideology but on its complex, sophisticated organizational structure. More than anything else, it is Hizbullah's structure that guides its operational choices and explains the inner workings of the organization's structural components. This illuminating and timely book looks objectively at the dynamics of one of the most important yet least understood forces in contemporary Lebanon and the Middle East. . . . Essential.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Does It Take a Village or The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison

Does It Take a Village?: Community Effects on Children, Adolescents and Families

Author: Alan Booth

Does It Take a Village? focuses on the mechanisms that link community characteristics to the functioning of the families and individuals within them--community norms, economic opportunities, reference groups for assessing relative deprivation, and social support networks. Contributors underscore those features of communities that represent risk factors for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as those characteristics that underlie resilience and thus undergird individual and family functioning.

As a society we have heavy investments both in research and in programs based on the idea that communities affect families and children, yet important questions have arisen about the validity of the link between communities, children, and families. This book answers the question of whether--and how--it takes a village to raise a child and what we can do to help communities achieve this essential task more effectively.


Focuses on mechanisms that link community characteristics to the functioning of families and individuals, discussing community norms, economic opportunities, assessment of relative deprivation, and social support networks. Highlights those features of communities that represent risk factors for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as characteristics that strengthen individual and family functioning. Material originated at a November 1998 symposium held at Pennsylvania State University, where the editors teach. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison

Author: David B Mattern

From modest Quaker beginnings as the child of financially insecure parents and the wife of a stolid young lawyer to the excitement and challenges of life as the nation's first First Lady—arguably the most influential role in the American government's formative years—Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849) led an extraordinary life. David B. Mattern and Holly C. Shulman have culled a particularly rich selection of her letters to illuminate the story of the woman widely credited with setting the standard for successive generations of Washington's political women. This collection will prove an invaluable resource in current political and historical circles, where the role founding mothers played—both as supportive family members and as crucial political negotiators—is increasingly recognized and studied.

Organized chronologically into five sections reaching from her correspondence as a young adult in late-eighteenth-century Philadelphia up to the letters of her widowhood in 1840s Washington, and with a helpful contextualizing introduction to each section, The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison provides a long-overdue biographical sketch of one of the early republic's most fascinating personalities.

Table of Contents:
Editorial Method
Quaker Beginnings, 1768-18019
A Washington Education, 1801-180938
The Politics of War, 1809-181790
A Well-Deserved Retirement, 1817-1836216
Washington Widow, 1836-1849317
Biographical Directory393

Friday, December 4, 2009

Small Strangers or The School Choice Hoax

Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in America, 1880-1925

Author: Melissa Klapper

Children are the largely neglected players in the great drama of American immigration. In one of history's most remarkable movements of people across national borders, almost twenty-five million immigrants came to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-from Mexico, Japan, and Canada as well as the more common embarkation points of southern and eastern Europe. Many of them were children. Together with the American-born children of immigrants, they made up a significant part of turn-of-the-century U.S. society. Small Strangers recounts and interprets their varied experiences to illustrate how immigration, urbanization, and industrialization-all related processes-molded modern America.

Garrett Berger - Virginia Quarterly Review

Small Strangers captures the essence of what it meant to be one of the many children whose families immigrated to America around the turn of the last century.

What People Are Saying

Roger Daniels
"Her culturally sensitive survey fills a gap in the histories of childhood and of immigration."--(Roger Daniels, author of Not Like Us)

Alice Kessler-Harris
"This small, provocative book is a gem . . . Small Strangers touches on an astonishing range of key issues...indispensable."--(Alice Kessler-Harris, author of Gendering Labor History)

Marilyn Irvin Holt
"[A] careful blending of personal accounts with the larger social issues and reform movements of the period."--(Marilyn Irvin Holt, author of Children of the Western Plains)

Kriste Lindenmeyer
"Skillfully shows how the experiences of immigrant children highlight the dramatic shift from farm to factory...[A]n engaging synthesis."--(Dr. Kriste Lindenmeyer, author of The Greatest Generation Grows Up)

Jonathan Zimmerman
"Klapper has written a brief gem of a book, examining immigrant children in all of their diversity, tragedy, and triumph."--(Jonathan Zimmerman, author of Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools)

Table of Contents:
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Childhood and Immigrants: Changing Ideas at the Turn of the Century     3
The Landscape of Early Childhood     18
At School, at Work, at Home, at Play     54
Adolescent Years     108
After the Door Closed: The Effects of Restrictive Legislation and the Depression     161
Immigrant Children and Modern America     177
Notes     183
A Note on Sources     195
Index     211

New interesting textbook: Ordinary Vices or Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism

The School Choice Hoax: Fixing America's Schools

Author: Ronald G Corwin

This book argues that the autonomy granted to choice schools has been a counterproductive dead end. Its authors see no proof that freedom has produced the outstanding results that charter school advocates promised. Nor has the competition from charter schools spurred the improvement in public schools that charter advocates predicted. Instead, charter schools and education vouchers promoted competition among schools that should be cooperating. Overburdened public school districts are faced with rivalry from schools that are merely duplicating conventional programs and competing for some students while ignoring others. Since choice schools are not meeting the expectations touted by their advocates, the authors maintain that they should be planned, monitored, and operated by school districts.