“One summer night in 1845 thirteen slaves escaped from a plantation in northern Kentucky and ran for the Ohio River, led by Louis Talbert.”
As runaway slaves fled from the South to escape bondage, slave catchers followed in their wake. The arrival of fugitives and slave catchers in the North set off violent confrontations that left participants and local residents enraged and embittered. Historian Robert H. Churchill places the Underground Railroad in the context of a geography of violence, a shifting landscape in which clashing norms of violence shaped the activities of slave catchers and the fugitives and abolitionists who defied them.
Ekstase und Elend: Deutsche Kulturgeschichte 1900 bis heute (Ecstasy and Misery: German Cultural History 1900 to today)
Hackett Publishing, 2020 Knox faculty members Heidt (associate professor of Modern Languages–German) and Sencer (associate professor of history) teamed up with University of Alberta’s Kost on this German-language intermediate/advanced textbook for German studies courses. The book presents the cultural history of German-speaking Europe from roughly 1900 to now, offering the necessary historical, political, and social context.
Understanding Elections through Statistics: Polling, Prediction, and Testing
Chapman & Hall/CRC Press, 2020 Based on his research into what citizens can learn from claimed election polls and from claimed election results, Forsberg, assistant professor of mathematics-statistics, wrote this book to help people become better informed about polls. He explores the subject from two points of view: predicting the election outcome using opinion polls and testing the election outcome using government-reported data.
Vulnerable Constitutions: Queerness, Disability, and the Remaking of American Manhood
Temple University Press, 2019 Recipient of the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2020 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize, Barounis’s book presents an alternative queercrip genealogy of American masculinity in the 20th century. She examines the writing of Jack London, William Faulkner, and others in an evolving narrative of medicalized sexuality and anti-prophylactic masculinity.
How to Exterminate the Black Woman
PANK Books, 2020 Prince’s choreopoem casts a literary spell as it illuminates the struggle of the Black woman trying to thrive in a society seeking to consume and erase her. By utilizing chanted sestinas, yoga-inspired dances, and more, How to Exterminate the Black Woman confronts readers and audiences with the terrors and triumphs that mark Black women in the United States.
Making School Integration Work: Lessons from Morris
Teachers College Press, 2020 Dougherty, assistant professor of educational studies, co-authored this exploration of the story of two New Jersey school districts—one a predominantly white and wealthy suburban community and the other a more diverse and urbanized community. They combined into a single district to work toward a solution to school segregation, and the authors focus on how the merged district succeeded.
Imagine the Dog
Texas Review Press, 2021 Winner of the Clay Reynolds novella contest, Imagine the Dog centers on the personal journey of Ricky Rudolph, who comes to believe that he is supposed to help others by impersonating Jesus. Financial, romantic, and family challenges complicate his life.