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image: Class Notes headlineRichard B. Allen, AM'72, Slaves, Freedmen, and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (Cambridge University Press). Allen reconstructs the social and economic history of Mauritius from 1721 until 1936, emphasizing the changing relationships between the island's sugar industry and different elements of the island's plural society.

Myra Young Armstead, AM'77, PhD'87, "Lord, Please Don't Take Me in August": African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs, 1870 to 1930 (University of Illinois Press). By examining the "backstairs" social and political experiences of African-American workers and their families in two resort towns, Armstead expands the black American narrative beyond the rural South and metropolitan North.

Bonnie Blackburn, AM'63, PhD'70, and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The Oxford Companion to the Year: An Exploration of Calendar Customs and Time-Reckoning (Oxford University Press). This reference work investigates the layers of historical significance, the mathematical patterns, and the literary inspiration associated with the calendar year. The first part is a day-by-day guide to the year, while the second discusses past and present systems for measuring time.

Rivkah B. Harris, PhD'54, Gender and Aging in Mesopotamia: The Gilgamesh Epic and Other Ancient Literature (University of Oklahoma Press). Using primary sources--myths, epics, letters, and legal and economic texts--Harris examines ancient Mesopotamian attitudes toward youth and mature adulthood, aging and the elderly, generational conflict, and gender differences in aging.

Ruth H. Howes and Caroline L. Herzenberg, SM'55, PhD'58, Their Day in the Sun: Women of the Manhattan Project (Temple University Press). The book examines the contributions of hundreds of women scientists, engineers, and technicians who worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII.

Paul H. Kratoska, AM'68, PhD'75, The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: A Social and Economic History (University of Hawaii Press), and editor, Food Supplies and the Japanese Occupation in Southeast Asia (St. Martin's Press). In the first book, Kratoska studies the social and economic effects of the occupation era on the people of Malaya. In the second, he presents ten articles that examine Southeast Asia's food shortages from 1941 through 1945.

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt; Michael M. Sokal; and Bruce V. Lewenstein, AB'80, The Establishment of Science in America: 150 Years of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Rutgers University Press). The authors trace the evolution of scientists' roles in American society, public attitudes toward science, and the changing dimension of the sponsorship of science and its participants. Topics include the tension inherent in having a scientific "elite" in a democratic society and debates between disciplinary specialization and interdisciplinary research.

Lawrence W. McBride, PhD'78, The Reynolds Letters: An Irish Emigrant Family in Late Victorian Manchester (Cork University Press). This selection of 50 letters sent from Manchester between 1877 and 1904 chronicles the growing wealth and respectability of Irish emigrants in industrial England, disproving the perception that all such emigrants experienced squalor and degradation.

Muriel C. McClendon; Joseph P. Ward, AB'87; and Michael MacDonald, editors, Protestant Identities: Religion, Society, and Self-Fashioning in Post-Reformation England (Stanford University Press). This book investigates the complex ways in which England's gradual transformation from a Roman Catholic to a Protestant nation presented men and women with new ways in which to fashion their identities and to define their relationships with society.

Bronwyn Rebekah McFarland-Icke, AM'91, PhD'97, Nurses in Nazi Germany: Moral Choice in History (Princeton University Press). In detailing the story of nurses participating in Nazi "euthanasia" measures from 1939 to 1945, McFarland-Icke explores how men and women who were trained to care for their patients instead came to assist in their murders.

Walter Nugent, PhD'61, and Martin Ridge, editors, The American West: The Reader (Indiana University Press). This collection of essays deals with the experiences, values, and ideas of the diverse groups of people who settled in different parts of the American West. Analyzing what happened when different cultures intersected in the underdeveloped region, the tales provide a history of how and why the West was settled.

Jule DeJager Ward, AM'87, PhD'96, La Leche League (University of North Carolina Press). Examining the history of the La Leche League, started in the 1950s to help women worldwide learn to breast-feed their children, Ward provides insights into its origins and theological underpinnings, showing how the organization's quasi-religious status was combined with scientific ideology and feminism.

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