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Reagan : American icon
Morgan, Iwan W., author
London : I.B. Tauris, 2016
Young Dutch -- Rising Star -- Falling Star -- Right Star -- California Governor -- Right Man Mr. President -- Pragmatic Conservative -- Cold Warrior -- Morning Man -- Imperial President -- Summit Negotiator -- Epilogue: History Man.

Ronald Reagan is one of the most importantand arguably most successfulpresidents in modern American history. He is broadly credited with renewing American prosperity in the wake of the most miserable economic era since the 1930s, laying the foundations for Cold War victory and doing much to bring about the late twentieth century shift to the right in American politics. In this book, Iwan Morgan presents the first thoroughly-researched biography of Reagan, based on original materials and first-hand interviews. He plots a chronological path through Reagan's life beginning with his childhood and early years in Illinois, through his Hollywood career, his emergent Republicanism and his election as governor of California, before acceding to the presidency in 1981. In office, Morgan assesses Reagan's economic and foreign policies, as well as his idealization of the constitution and his near-impeachment over the Iran-Contra affair.
Baker Berry E877 .M64 2016

Dream a world anew : the African American experience and the shaping of America
introduction by Lonnie G. Bunch III ; edited by Kinshasha Holmes Conwill
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2016]
Discover the sweeping history of black America: the path from slavery to freedom; the on-going struggle to define and realize freedom; and the major social, political and economic changes since 1968. You'll learn how the African American story transcends a single community, and shapes all those who call themselves Americans.
Baker Berry E185 .D66 2016

(1)ne drop : shifting the lens on race
Blay, Yaba
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : BLACKprint, 2014
Baker Berry E185.625 .B53 2014

Food, control, and resistance : rationing of indigenous peoples in the United States and South Australia
Levi, Tamara J., author
Lubbock, Texas : Texas Tech University Press, [2016]
Food in colonial and indigenous societies -- Rations and United States policy -- Rations and South Australian Policy -- Rationing on the Pawnee reservations, 1857-1891 -- Rationing and the Osage Nation, 1839-1879 -- Moorundie Ration Depot, South Australia, 1845-1856 -- Point McLeay Mission, 1859-1879.

"Food, Control, and Resistance is a comparative research study from the nineteenth and twentieth century that displays food rationing and its cultural impact between the Pawnees and Osages in Nebraska and Indian Territory and the Moorundie Aborigines and Ngarrindjeris at Point McLeay in South Australia"--
Baker Berry E78.W5 L47 2016

Our revolution : a future to believe in
Sanders, Bernard, author
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016
Running for President -- How do we turn out the way we do? -- My political life in Vermont -- Thinking about running -- How do you run a presidential campaign? -- The campaign begins -- On the campaign trail -- An agenda for a new America: how we transform our country -- Defeating oligarchy -- The decline of the American middle class -- Ending a rigged economy -- Health care for all -- Making higher education affordable -- Combatting climate change -- Real criminal justice reform -- Immigration reform now -- Protecting our most vulnerable -- Corporate media and the threat to our democacy -- Conclusion.

"When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment. By the time Sanders's campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won twenty-two states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent. In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all--and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry E840.8.S26 A3 2016

Failure to pursue : how the escape of defeated forces prolonged the Civil War
Frey, David, 1939- author
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
Part I. Western theater -- Overview; antebellum influences -- Grant at Shiloh; April 6-7, 1862 -- Buell vs. Bragg in Kentucky; 1862 -- Iuka and Corinth II; September and October 1862 -- Rosecrans replaces Buell; October 1862-October 1863 -- Turnaround at Chattanooga; October and November 1863 -- Sherman's Atlanta Campaign; 1864 -- Thomas after Nashville; December 1864 -- Part II. Eastern theater -- First Bull Run; July 21, 1861 -- Stonewall in the Valley; Spring 1862 -- Lee's pursuit of Seven Days; June 25-July 1, 1862 -- Second Bull Run; August 29-30, 1862 -- Chantilly, a.k.a. Ox Hill; September 1, 1862 -- McClellan after Antietam; September-October 1862 -- Eastern horse soldiers -- Gathering at Gettysburg; June-July 1863 -- Lee and Meade after Gettysburg; July 4-14, 1863 -- Little Phil comes east; 1864 -- Grant's ultimate pursuit; April 1865 -- Conclusions.

"Was the Civil War preordained to last four years or were there reasons why neither side could land a knockout punch? Taking a fresh look at the zero-sum tactics that characterized many major combat actions in the war, this book examines the performance of unsuccessful commanders and credits two generals with seeing the need for organized pursuit"--
Baker Berry E470 .F79 2016

March. Book three
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21- author
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, [2016]
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote." To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.
Baker Berry E840.8.L43 A3 2016

Art in motion : Native American explorations of time, place, and thought
edited by John P. Lukavic and Laura Caruso
Denver, CO : Denver Art Museum, [2016]
Foreword / Christoph Heinrich -- Acknowledgments / John P. Lukavic -- The concept of motion applied to Native American art / John P. Lukavic -- Altering sight : ideas in motion / Kent Monkman -- Experimental digital media on the cutting edge / Kristin Dowell -- Life as motion, motion as life : expressions in filmmaking and new media / Leena Minifie -- Peyote arts in motion : religious diffusion, artistic exchange, and museum collections / Daniel C. Swan -- Dancing figures : Lakota traditions and innovation / Charlene Holy Bear -- Tlingit ceremonialism : changing forms of motion / Aldona Jonaitis.
Baker Berry E98.A7 A76 2016

Blood and sand : Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower's campaign for peace
Von Tunzelmann, Alex, 1977- author
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
"I want him murdered" -- "We must keep the Americans really frightened" -- The hammer and sickle torn out -- A plan on a cigarette packet -- Bloody Thursday -- The two musketeers -- The Omega Plan -- No picnic -- "Sandstorms in the desert" -- Ultimatum -- Perfidious Albion -- "There is something the matter with him" -- "Love to Nasty" -- "Help the burglar, shoot the householder" -- Reaping the whirlwind -- "Hit 'em with everything in the bucket" -- Back down -- "The curse of the pharaohs" -- Fates.

"The year 1956 was a turning point in history. Over sixteen extraordinary days in October and November of that year, the twin crises involving Suez and Hungary pushed the world to the brink of a nuclear conflict and what many at the time were calling World War III. Blood and Sand relates this story hour-by-hour, through a fascinating international cast of characters: Anthony Eden, the British prime minister, caught in a trap of his own making; Gamal Abdel Nasser, the bold young populist leader of Egypt; David Ben-Gurion, the strong-willed founding prime minister of Israel; Guy Mollet, the bellicose French prime minister; and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the American president, torn between an old world order and a new one in the very same week that his own fate as president was to be decided by the American people. This is a fresh new account of these dramatic events and people, one that for the first time sets both crises in the context of the global Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the treacherous power politics of imperialism and oil. Blood and Sand resonates strikingly with the problems of oil control, religious fundamentalism, and international unity that face the world today, and is essential reading for anyone concerned with the state of the modern Middle East and Europe."--From dust jacket.
Baker Berry E835 .V66 2016

Mobile under siege : surviving the Union blockade
Webb, Paula Lenor, author
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2016
A prequel: rumors of war -- August 1864: Battle of Mobile Bay -- September 1864: siege begins -- October 1864: freedoms sacrificed -- November 1864: denial and survival -- December 1864: the call of home -- January 1865: settle the contradictions -- February 1865: speculations and spies -- March 1865: stubbornness and Spanish Fort -- April 1865: the bitter end -- After the war: Union occupation.
Baker Berry E476.85 .W43 2016

Dangerous spaces : beyond the racial profile
Jones, D. Marvin, author
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2016]
Baker Berry E184.A1 J588 2016

Northern slave, black Dakota : the life and times of Joseph Godfrey
Bachman, Walt, author
Bloomington, Minnesota : Pond Dakota Press, [2013]
"Separated from his mother when their master sold her, Joseph Godfrey grew up in bondage serving Minnesota's fur-trade elite. Escaping his masters' beatings, Godfrey sought refuge among the Dakota Indians who had befriended him as a child slave. Conscripted to join Dakota warriors in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Godfrey became the first of hundreds of men tried by a military court when the six-week war ended. Commander Henry Sibley, who created the court, was one of Godfrey's former masters. Sibley approved the death sentences of Godfrey and 302 Dakota soldiers. In this riveting biography, historian and retired trial lawyer Walt Bachman untangles the thorny questions that tangle Godfrey's story: How was he enslaved in free territory? Did his testimony send 38 Dakota men, including his father-in-law, to the gallows? Bachman argues that the 1862 Dakota War trials that ended with the largest mass execution in U.S. history, were both more just, and more unfair, than we've ever guessed."--Amazon.com.
Baker Berry E99.D1 G633 2013

The intersection of race and gender in national politics
Parham-Payne, Wanda, author
Lanham : Lexington Books, [2017]
Introduction -- Black women's politics : historically innate -- Policy interests & women, minorities & minority women -- Through the lens of black women : the significance of obama's campaign -- Race & gender in national politics : the origins and intersections of the two -- The impact of the media's portrayal of black women -- Network and campaign financing -- The voting rights act : 21st century changes and application -- Conclusions, points of interest, and recommendations for future research -- Conclusion.
Baker Berry E185.86 .P276 2017

Breaking bread : insurgent Black intellectual life
hooks, bell, 1952- author
New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
"In this provocative and captivating dialogue, bell hooks and Cornel West come together to discuss the dilemmas, contradictions, and joys of Black intellectual life. The two friends and comrades in struggle talk, argue, and disagree about everything from community to capitalism in a series of intimate conversations that range from playful to probing to revelatory. In evoking the act of breaking bread, the book calls upon the various traditions of sharing that take place in domestic, secular, and sacred life where people come together to give themselves, to nurture life, to renew their spirits, sustain their hopes, and to make a lived politics of revolutionary struggle an ongoing practice. This 25th anniversary edition continues the dialogue with 'In Solidarity,' their 2016 conversation at the bell hooks Institute on racism, politics, popular culture, and the contemporary Black experience"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry E185.89.I56 H77 2017

American battles & campaigns : a chronicle, from 1622-present
project editor: Michael Spilling
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2016
Colonial wars and the war of independence, 1622-1783 -- Early 19th century wars, 1798-1848 -- Native American wars, 1791-1890 -- American Civil War, 1861-65 -- Wars of the industrial age, 1870-1920 -- World War II, 1941-45 -- Modern wars.
Baker Berry E181 .M37 2016

American Jewry : a new history
Lederhendler, Eli, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, [2017]
First encounters, new beginnings: from colonial times to the Civil War -- Changing places: migration and Americanization, 1860s-1920s -- Finding space in America, 1920s-1950s -- The European nexus: Spain, Germany, and Russia -- Recapitulations and more beginnings, 1950s to the twenty-first century.

Understanding the history of Jews in America requires a synthesis of over 350 years of documents, social data, literature and journalism, architecture, oratory, and debate, and each time that history is observed, new questions are raised and new perspectives found. This book presents a readable account of that history, with an emphasis on migration patterns, social and religious life, and political and economic affairs. It explains the long-range development of American Jewry as the product of 'many new beginnings' more than a direct evolution leading from early colonial experiments to latter-day social patterns. This book also shows that not all of American Jewish history has occurred on American soil, arguing that Jews, more than most other Americans, persist in assigning crucial importance to international issues. This approach provides a fresh perspective that can open up the practice of minority-history writing, so that the very concepts of minority and majority should not be taken for granted.
Baker Berry E184.J5 L567 2017

Čáw pawá láakni = They are not forgotten : Sahaptian place names atlas of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla
Hunn, Eugene S., author
Portland, Oregon : in association with Ecotrust, [2015]
Baker Berry E78.O6 H86 2015

Yakuglas' legacy : the art and times of Charlie James
Hawker, Ronald William, 1963- author
London : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
Introduction -- James' world -- Style -- Masks and ceremonial objects -- Totem poles -- Model poles and curio items -- Two-dimensional art -- Conclusion: Yakuglas' legacy.

"Yakuglas' Legacy examines the life of Charlie James. During the early part of his career, James created works primarily for ritual use within Kwakwaka'wakw society. However, in the 1920s, his art found a broader audience as he produced more miniatures and paintings. Through a balanced reading of the historical period and James' artistic production, Ronald W. Hawker argues that James' shift to contemporary art forms allowed the artist to make a critical statement about the vitality of Kwakwaka'wakw culture. Yakuglas' Legacy, aided by the inclusion of 123 illustrations, is at once a beautiful and poignant book about the impact of the Canadian project on Aboriginal people and their artistic response."--
Baker Berry E99.K9 H38 2016

The American Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1950 : Black Agency and People of Good Will
Brooker, Russell Gott, 1949- author
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2017]
Introduction : People of Good Will -- Reconstruction : 1865-1877 -- Redemption : 1877-1892 -- Reconciliation : 1889-1908 -- Resistance : 1890-1908 -- Reality : Jim Crow during the Nadir, 1900-1917 -- Organization : 1909-1930 -- The Depression and the New Deal : 1930-1940 -- World War II and the 1940s -- The United States in 1950 -- Epilogue : The United States Today.
Baker Berry E185.61 .B7964 2017

Navajo historical selections
selected, edited and translated from the Navajo by Robert W. Young and William Morgan
Flagstaff, AZ : created by Native Child Dinétah, [2014]
Selected stories and articles by Navajo authors from Adahooniłigii, the Navajo language monthly newspaper, recording attitudes and reactions to important events in the history of the Navajo nation.
Baker Berry E99.N3 N335 2014

Vernacular architecture in the pre-Columbian Americas
edited by Christina T. Halperin and Lauren E. Schwartz
London : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group 2017
Part I. Introduction -- The archaeology of vernacular architecture in the pre-Columbian Americas / Christina T. Halperin & Lauren E. Schwartz -- Part II. Building buildings -- Ethnoarchaeology and archaeology of vernacular architecture in the Department of Tumbes, Peru / Jerry D. Moore -- Traditional architecture as peopled practice at Monte Viudo, Chachapoyas, Peru / Anna Guengerich -- Vernacular architecture of southeast Mesoamerica: an evaluation of design variations and identity expression from the late and terminal classic middle Chamelecón-Cacaulapa, northwest Honduras / Lauren E. Schwartz -- Part III. Structuring structures -- Vernacular vs. state housing in the Wari Empire: cosmological clashes and compromises / Donna Nash -- Vernacular and monumental Maya architecture: translations and lost in translation during the terminal classic period (ca. 800-950 ce) / Christina T. Halperin -- Part IV. The temporality of vernacular architecture -- Building Cahokia: transformation through tradition / Susan M. Alt -- The living house: the vernacular architecture of early postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico / Kristin De Lucia -- Vernacular architecture in the Chacoan world / Kellam Throgmorton -- Part V. Conclusion -- Vernacular architecture: insights into practice, identity, and relationships in pre-Columbian societies in the Americas / Julia A. Hendon.
Baker Berry E59.A67 V47 2017

Creolization in the French Americas
edited by Jean-Marc Masseaut, Jordan Kellman and Michael Martin
Lafayette, LA : University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2015
Encounter and environment in la France equinoxiale : Franciscans and Tupinamba in Maranhão, Brazil, 1612-1613 / JORDAN KELLMAN -- Aux origines des premiers peuplements d'Africains dans la Basse Louisiane française : debuts du XVIII siecle / JEAN-MARC MASSEAUT -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Lewoz -- Creolized Frenchmen and frenchified Amerindians in Louisiana / SOPHIE WHITE -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Menndé -- Creole identity in French Louisiana : from the memoir of Dumont de Montigny / GORDON SAYRE -- Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) : histoire d'une plantation de la Cité des Allemands en Louisiane (1750-1860) / IBRAHIMA SECK -- South Louisiana Creoles : origins and evolution of a modern cultural identity / ELISTA ISTRE -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Woulé -- Le Gwoka / MONA GEORGELIN -- Bitasyon Gwotanbou, on the lands of Gwoka / MAX DIAKOK -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Toumblak -- Un processus linguistique : le Créole aux Amériques / JOSETTE NONONE -- Défense et illustration du Créole Haïtien dans l'oeuvre de Frank Etienne / RAFAEL LUCAS -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Pajanbl -- Créole, créolisme, créolisation, creolité / JACQUES DE CAUNA -- Images de l'etre, lieux de l'imaginaire / EDOUARD GLISSANT ; with commentary by OLIVIER DOUVILLE -- La créolisation est-elle une philosophie de l'histoire? : histoire coloniale des Antilles, mondialisation et mondialité / EDELYN DORISMOND -- La créolisation, quelques remarques / CARLO CELIUS -- Theorizing about Caribbean society : from plantation society to the post-colony, and créolité / ANTHONY BOGUES -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Kaladja -- "Creolization metaphors in the Southeast Asian context" / BRYCE BEEMER -- "The Creole origins of the early New World banjo" / JAMES L.A. WEBB -- Danse Gwoka, rythme Graj -- Hommage: Yolande Joseph-Noel Behanzin / ELISEE SOUMONNI -- Hommage: Hugues Liborel-Pochot / JEAN-MARC MASSEAUT.
Baker Berry E29.C73 C74 2015

Menadelook : an Inupiat teacher's photographs of Alaska village life, 1907-1932
edited by Eileen Norbert
Juneau : Sealaska Heritage Institute, [2017]
1. Menadelook's family -- 2. Growing up. Marriage customs ; Reindeer fairs ; Western influences -- 3. Menadelook's teaching career. Diomede ; Kotzebue ; Noatak ; Gambell ; Unalaska ; Shishmaref ; Shaktoolik ; Sinuk ; Nome -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Photograph restoration.
Baker Berry E99.E7 M496 2017

Battle of wills : Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and the last year of the Civil War
Johnson, David Alan, 1950- author
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016
"Shows how the outcome of the Civil War was influenced by the opposing commanders' different backgrounds, personalities, and outlooks"--
Baker Berry E470 .J715 2016

Thomas Jefferson's image of New England : nationalism versus sectionalism in the young republic
Scherr, Arthur, 1951- author
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
Jefferson's early opinions of New England -- Jefferson, New England and the shadow of slavery in the 1790s -- Jefferson and New England: the crisis of the late 1790s -- President Jefferson, New England politics and patronage: first years -- Religion, irreligion and politics: Jefferson the president views New England and the Danbury Baptist Association, 1801/1802 -- The "mammoth cheese" and Jefferson's loose alliance with Massachusetts Baptists -- Jefferson the politician courts the New England Federalists -- Jefferson, freedom of the press and Federalist "sedition" in Connecticut -- Jefferson and the opøra bouffe prosecution of "savage" Connecticut Federalists (1806/1809) -- Jefferson and James Sullivan, shooting star of Massachusetts' political firmament -- President Jefferson and New England: from embargo to war -- The "Sage of Monticello" views New England at war -- Jefferson and John Melish: an English New Englander and the War of 1812 -- Jefferson defends New England's interests despite the Hartford Convention -- New England and the south in the mind of an aging Jefferson -- Jefferson, Federalist Number 10 and New England during the War of 1812 -- Jefferson and Adams: "natural aristocracy," class conflict and the uses of New England -- Jefferson's late-life ambivalence toward New England -- Jefferson bares his teeth against Lyman Beecher and New England's "priests" -- Jefferson's old-age affinity for New England's Unitarian theology -- Jefferson, the Missouri Compromise crisis and the University of Virginia -- Jefferson, the Missouri Compromise and the Haitian paradox: Virginians and New Englanders -- Reconciling New England and the south to the revolutionary heritage, old and new: George Ticknor, Daniel Webster and Andrew Jackson's reputation -- Jefferson's political map and terminal national union include New England -- Conclusion: New England wins Jefferson's heart.

"This study of Jefferson's relationship with New England reveals him as a consistent nationalist and friend of the region. His nationalist point of view is evident in his opinions of people and politics of New England. He admired New Englanders' Revolutionary patriotism and considered their democracy and town-meeting traditions a model for the rest of the Union"--
Baker Berry E332.2 .S34 2016

Indian detours : tourism in Native North America
edited by Pieter Hovens & Mette van der Hooft
Leiden : published in cooperation with the National Museum of Ethnology, [2016]
"This volume is the result of the 'North American Indian Tourism' sessions organized during the 2014 (European) American Indian Workshop held in Leiden, the Netherlands, from May 21-25. The conference was hosted by the University of Leiden and the National Museum of Ethnology...Most contributions address developments from the late nineteenth century to the present. The majority of the articles focus on the Greater Southwest, but the Natives peoples of the Great Plains take central stage in several contributions. Topics include: travels by Native Americans to Europe, the variety encounters between Dutch travelers and Indians in Arizona and New Mexico, the role of the Indian casino industry, the production and consumption of Indian arts and crafts, tribal tourism policy, and the role of museums and tourism in the staging of Indian exhibitions." -- Back cover.
Baker Berry E77.2 .I545 2016

The wars of the Roosevelts : the ruthless rise of America's greatest political family
Mann, William J., author
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Prologue: The larger picture, 1960 -- Cain and Abel, 1890-1891 -- Everything to fear, 1893-1894 -- Popular and powerful, 1903-1905 -- A shot, 1912 -- Believing more than ever before, 1918-1920 -- Rough stunts, 1924-1925 -- The future and the past, 1932 -- Changing the world, 1936-1938 -- Terrific responsibility, 1943-1945 -- Epilogue: The last sortie, 1962.

Drawing on historical documents and interviews with the long-silent 'illegitimate' branch of the family, celebrity biographer William J. Mann paints a group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts' rise to power and prestige was driven by a series of intense personal contests that at times devolved into blood sport. Eleanor Roosevelt experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott -- Theodore's brother and bitter rival -- for political expediency. This 'worshipful niece,' Mann contends, in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life. A new understanding of Eleanor, as well as of her relationship with Franklin, emerges. Mann also brings into focus Eleanor's cousins, TR's children -- Alice, Ted, and Kermit -- whose stories propelled the family rivalry. We also learn the story of Eleanor's illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family's ambition and skills without their name and privilege, and whom TR did his best to exile. Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs from Elliott's archives, The Wars of the Roosevelts is a deeply psychological history, illuminating not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.
Baker Berry E807.1 .M36 2016

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