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New and Notable—National Museum of American History Library

The Libraries would like to highlight some more new and diverse titles that have come into the National Museum of American History Library.

Becoming Chinese American: a history of communities and institutions. Him Mark Lai. AltaMira Press, c2004.

Table of contents

Subject: Chinese Americans — Social conditions. Chinese Americans — Societies, etc. Chinese Americans — Ethnic identity. Chinese-American newspapers — History. Chinese Americans — Politics and government. Transnationalism. E184.C5 L355 2004

Mrs. Lincoln: a life. Catherine Clinton. Harper, c2009.

Publisher description

Subject: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882. Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 — Family. Presidents' spouses — United States — Biography. E457.25.L55 C55 2009


Second suburb: Levittown, Pennsylvania, edited by Dianne Harris. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.

Publisher description

Introduction. A second suburb / Dianne Harris — Looking at Levittown from the inside. Revealing the history of Levittown, one voice at a time / Chad M. Kimmel — Reflections on Levittown / Daisy D. Myers — Levittown, my Levittown / Bill Griffith — Levittown in photographs / compiled by Dianne Harris — Looking at Levittown from the outside. The Levitts, mass-produced houses, and community planning in the mid-twentieth century / Richard Longstreth — Jim Crow's last stand: the struggle to integrate Levittown / Thomas J. Sugrue — "The house I live in": architecture, modernism, and identity in Levittown / Dianne Harris — Pink kitchens for little boxes: the evolution of 1950s kitchen design in Levittown / Curtis Miner — Suburban nature, class, and environmentalism in Levittown / Cristopher Sellers — More than ticky tacky: Venturi, Scott Brown, and learning from the Levittown studio / Jessica Lautin — "No gas, my ass!" Marking the end of the postwar period in Levittown / Chad M. Kimmel — Epilogue. The suburbs of desire / Peter Fritzsche. Subject: City and town life — Pennsylvania — Levittown. Suburban homes — Pennsylvania — Levittown. Architecture and society — Pennsylvania — Levittown. City planning — Pennsylvania — Levittown. Levittown (Pa.) F159.L6 S43 2010

Image011The fabric of cultures: fashion, identity, and globalization, edited by Eugenia Paulicelli and Hazel Clark. Routledge, 2009.

Table of contents

Subject: Clothing and dress — Social aspects — Cross-cultural studies. Fashion — Social aspects — Cross-cultural studies. Globalization — Social aspects. GT525 .F29 2009


Hedonizing technologies: paths to pleasure in hobbies and leisure. Rachel P. Maines. Johns Hopkins University Press, c2009.

Subject: Hobbies — History. Amusements — History. Technology — Economic aspects — History — Popular works. GV1201.5 .M35 2009

Housing Washington: two centuries of residential development and planning in the national capitol area, edited by Richard Longstreth. University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Subject: Housing development — Washington Metropolitan Area — History. Housing policy — Washington Metropolitan Area — History. Housing — Washington Metropolitan Area — History. HD7304.W3 H677 2010

Home lands: how women made the West. Virginia Scharff, Carolyn Brucken. University of California Press, c2010.

Home on earth: women and land in the Rio Arriba — Wedding chest / María E. Montóya — Women in motion along the front range — Front range landscapes / Elliott West — Waterscapes of Puget Sound — Japanese American women in the Pacific Northwest / Gail Dubrow.

Subject: Women — West (U.S.) — History. Frontier and pioneer life — West (U.S.) — History. Women — West (U.S.) — Social conditions. HQ1438.W45 S337 2010

Mr. Langshaw's square piano: the story of the first pianos and how they caused a cultural revolution. Madeline Goold. BlueBridge, 2009, c2008.

Publisher description

Subject: Langshaw, John, 1763-1832. John Broadwood and Sons Limited. Square piano — England — History. Square piano — Social aspects — History. Square piano — Economic aspects — History. Piano makers — England — London — History — 18th century. Piano — Construction — England — London — History — 18th century. Piano — Identification — Case studies. Piano — Collectors and collecting — Case studies. ML678.3 .G66 2009

Modernizing Main Street: architecture and consumer culture in the New Deal. Gabrielle Esperdy. University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Publisher description

Introduction — Main Street, U.S.A — The New Deal on Main Street — Marketing modernization — The architecture of consumption — Modernism on Main Street — Conclusion: a Main Street modernized — A note on sources. Subject: Storefronts — United States — History — 20th century. Commercial buildings — United States — History — 20th century. New Deal, 1933-1939. Consumption (Economics) — United States — History — 20th century. NA6225 .E87 2008

The design history reader, edited by Grace Lees-Maffei and Rebecca Houze. Berg Publishers, 2010.

"This is the first anthology to address Design History as an established discipline, a field of study which is developing a contextualised understanding of the role of design and designed objects within social and cultural history. Extracts range from the 18th century, when design and manufacture separated, to the present day. Drawn from scholarly and polemical books, research articles, exhibition catalogues, and magazines, the extracts are placed in themed sections, with each section separately introduced and each concluded with an annotated guide to further reading. Covering both primary texts (such as the writings of designers and design reformers) and secondary texts (in the form of key works of design history), the reader provides an essential resource for understanding the history of design, the development of the discipline, and contemporary issues in design history and practice. Selected authors: Judy Attfield, Jeremy Aynsley, Rayner Banham, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, Christopher Breward, Denise Scott Brown, Ruth Schwarz Cowan, Clive Dilnot, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Greenhalgh, Dick Hebdige, Steven Heller, John Heskett, Pat Kirkham, Adolf Loos, Victor Margolin, Karl Marx, Jeffrey Meikle, William Morris, Gillian Naylor, Victor Papanek, Nikolaus Pevsner, John Ruskin, Adam Smith, Penny Sparke, John Styles, Nancy Troy, Thorstein Veblen, Robert Venturi, John Walker, Frank Lloyd Wright"–Provided by publisher.

Subject: Design — Historiography. NK1175 .D475 2010

Eastern astrolabes. David Pingree. Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, c2009.

Table of contents Subject: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum — Scientific apparatus collections — Catalogs. Astrolabes. Astrolabes — Catalogs. QB85 .A347 2009

Plutonium: a history of the world's most dangerous element. Jeremy Bernstein. Cornell University Press, 2009.

Originally published: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, c2007.

Subject: Plutonium — History. QD181.P9 B47 2009

Shadows in the valley: a cultural history of illness, death, and loss in New England, 1840-1916. Alan C. Swedlund. University of Massachusetts Press, c2010.

Histories of illness and death — Life and death in Massachusetts, Deerfield, and the Connecticut River Valley, 1620-1840 — Cholera infantum — The fevers of childhood — Dutiful daughters, pallid young women — Reproductive women, productive men — Surviving the odds : the "privilege" of old age — Managing disease in the long nineteenth century : numeracy and nosology, nature and nurture, 1840-1916 — Bodies of evidence : death, loss, and the search for meaning — Appendixes: Data collection and evaluation; A: Infant mortality; B: Scarlet fever; C: Tuberculosis in young women; D: Old age. Subject: Diseases — Social aspects — New England — History — 19th century. Diseases — Social aspects — New England — History — 20th century. Death — Social aspects — New England — History. Mortality — Social aspects — New England — History. Loss (Psychology) — Social aspects — New England — History. New England — Social conditions — 19th century. New England — Social conditions — 20th century. New England — Statistics, Medical. RA418.3.N427 S94 2010

Food: the key concepts. Warren Belasco. Berg, 2008.

Table of contents

Subject: Food. Food — Social aspects. Food habits. TX353 .B445 2008

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  1. Dyo

    I am just starting my journey in American History and literature. Could you suggest one or two titles that would be easy for a non-native American to follow?
    Thank you

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