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Dead Man Blues

Phil Pastras.

July 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 270 pages.

When Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton sat at the piano in the Library of Congress in May of 1938 to begin his monumental series of interviews with Alan Lomax, he spoke of his years on the West...

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William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith.

March 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: American music. 384 pages.

During the 1930s and 1940s William Grant Still (1895–1978) was known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers.” He worked as an arranger for early radio, on Broadway, and in Hollywood; major...

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Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives

Blake Leyerle.

July 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Christianity. 259 pages.

This book provides an original and rewarding context for understanding the prolific fourth-century Christian theologian John Chrysostom and the religious and social world in which he lived....

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To Place Our Deeds

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore.

May 2000; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: history of the Americas. 245 pages.

This book traces the development of the African American community in Richmond, California, a city on the San Francisco Bay. This social history, based on numerous oral histories,...

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A Translucent Mirror

Pamela KyleCrossley.

February 2000; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Asian history. 417 pages.

In this landmark exploration of the origins of nationalism and cultural identity in China, the author traces the ways in which a large, early modern empire of Eurasia, the Qing (1636–1912),...

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Honky

Dalton Conley.

November 2000; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: race and ethnicity. 243 pages.

This personal memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side....

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Listening to the Sirens

Judith Peraino.

October 2005; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: musicology and music history. 369 pages.

This book investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with a close examination of the mythology surrounding the...

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The Messiah before Jesus

Israel Knohl.

October 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Christianity. 159 pages.

In a work that challenges notions that have dominated New Testament scholarship for more than a hundred years, this book gives startling evidence for a messianic precursor to Jesus who is...

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Medicines of the Soul

Fedwa Malti-Douglas.

March 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Islam. 245 pages.

In this volume, the autobiographical writings of three leading women in today's Islamic revival movement reveal dramatic stories of religious transformation. As interpreted by this book,...

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The Sabra

Oz Almog.

November 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism. 328 pages.

The Sabras were the first Israelis—the first generation, born in the 1930s and 1940s, to grow up in the Zionist settlement in Palestine. Socialized and educated in the ethos of the Zionist...

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