Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance

“As is fitting for its subject, this work is a blend of forms, inputs, voices, and visions.  Collectively they reveal the complexity of the study and practice of ‘Afro-Cuban’ religion. They constitute an authoritative, potentially discipline-altering, stance on the question of African origins embodied in the presumed distinction between the Lucumí and Arará traditions. The … Continue reading Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance

Todd Bolender, Janet Reed, and the Making of American Ballet

Read an excerpt from this book in Oregon ArtsWatch. “An engagingly written account of dancers who surmounted every obstacle, foreign and domestic, to help bring about the creation of American ballet. It is also a fascinating, detailed look at the way cultural institutions evolved through the dedication and artistry of star dancers.”—Lewis Segal, former dance … Continue reading Todd Bolender, Janet Reed, and the Making of American Ballet

The Florida Manatee, Second Edition

Praise for the first edition:   “The conception of the simple sea cow is being turned on its head by the recent work of Roger L. Reep. . . . Where earlier scientists saw in the manatee’s brain the evidence of deficient intelligence, Dr. Reep sees evolution’s shaping of an animal perfectly adapted to its environment.”—New York … Continue reading The Florida Manatee, Second Edition

Unearthing St. Mary’s City

“A fantastic range of historical narratives, archaeological investigations, landscape studies, and material culture analyses that define the nascent colonial town. Well organized and comprehensive, this volume traces the nearly four centuries of the city’s history, enveloping the reader in 50 years of groundbreaking archaeology.”—David M. Givens, director of archaeology, Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation   “An impressive overview … Continue reading Unearthing St. Mary’s City

A History of Platform Mound Ceremonialism

“This is a landmark synthesis providing a much-needed corrective of the history and significance of platform mounds in eastern North America that shows them to be enduring and vital features of native societies across more than six millennia.”—Neill J. Wallis, coeditor of New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida   “A superb volume that turns on its head much of … Continue reading A History of Platform Mound Ceremonialism

Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era

“We know remarkably little about how the Shenandoah Valley’s African Americans negotiated the vexing uncertainties of secession, civil war, and Reconstruction. This compelling and accessibly written narrative foregrounds the struggles of freedom-seeking enslaved persons in America’s most turbulent era.”—Brian Matthew Jordan, author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War“A groundbreaking study that demonstrates … Continue reading Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era

Now Available: New Paperback Releases

Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the DiasporaEdited by Jorge Duany “An excellent, wide-ranging introduction to Cuban art, its historiography, and the politics of its production, reception, and exhibition. . . . The essays, ordered chronologically, provide a clear, generously illustrated account of the varied attempts through time to isolate … Continue reading Now Available: New Paperback Releases

Toward a Global History of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left

“Essential reading for anyone interested in the impact of transnational solidarity movements on the evolution of thought and organizing within the global revolutionary left.”—Jessica Stites Mor, editor of Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America   “An important contribution to reexamining the ways in which we think about the geographies of Latin America’s revolutionary … Continue reading Toward a Global History of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left