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New and Notable—National Museum of American History Library

Here are some of the newest additions to the National Museum of American History Library.

Knights of the razor: black barbers in slavery and freedom. Douglas Walter Bristol, Jr. Johns Hopkins University Press, c2009.

Contents: The origins of black barbers — Becoming knights of the razor — Caught between regional origins and the barber's trade — Self-improvement and self-loathing before the war — Defining the meaning of freedom — From barbershops to boardrooms.

Subject: African American barbers — History. Free African Americans — History. African American businesspeople — History. African American business enterprises — History. United States — Race relations — History. HD8039.B32 U6195 2009

A most magnificent machine: America adopts the railroad, 1825-1862. Craig Miner. University Press of Kansas, c2010.

Summary: Traces the growth of railroads from their origins in the 1820s to the onset of the Civil War and also examines the cultural, economic, and political aspects.

Subject: Railroads — United States — History — 19th century. Railroads — Social aspects — United States — History — 19th century. HE2751 .M56 2010

The poisoner's handbook: murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York. Deborah Blum. Penguin Press, 2010.

Summary: The untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. A pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler create revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. From the vantage of their laboratory it also becomes clear that murderers aren't the only toxic threat–modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner.

Subject: Poisoning — New York (State) — History. Forensic toxicology — New York (State) — History. Forensic sciences — New York (State) — History. HV6555.U62 N373 2010 NMAH MEDICINE & SCIENCE

A companion to American immigration, edited by Reed Ueda. Blackwell Pub., 2006.

Table of contents

Subject: United States — Emigration and immigration. JV6465 .C74 2006


Voices from the edge: narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act, edited by Ruth O'Brien. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Table of contents

Subject: People with disabilities — Legal status, laws, etc. — United States — Popular works. KF480.Z9 V65 2004 NMAH MEDICINE & SCIENCE

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