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Races, Reforms, & Policy

The midterm elections of 2014 saw the culmination of long-term trends in American politics, and laid the groundwork for Republicans' successes in 2016. To what extent were the results the product of shifting partisan and demographic trends, and to what extent did policy questions drive the results? What can 2014 tell us about midterm elections generally? In this volume, leading scholars look at… >>Read more

Redefining Efficiency

Today, pollution control regulations define how complex technological systems interact with natural ecosystems and competing human uses of the environment. Redefining Efficiency examines the evolution of this industrial ecology in the United States by tracing numerous pollution concerns associated with the production, transportation, and refining of petroleum over the course of the twent… >>Read more

Rich in Good Works

At the death of her husband in 1906, Mary Muhlenberg Emery (1844–1927) became one of the richest women in the United States. Recognizing her "vast responsibility," as she wrote in a letter to the American author, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, she embarked on a philanthropic program that endowed or initiated children's programs, hospitals and medical institutions, orphanages, colleges and unive… >>Read more

River, Reaper, Rail

River, Reaper, Rail: Agriculture and Identity in Ohio’s Mad River Valley, 1795–1885 tells the story of farmers and technology in Ohio’s Champaign County and its Mad River Valley from the beginnings of white settlement in 1795 through the decades after the Civil War. This is a story of land-hungry migrants who brought a market-oriented farm ethos across the Appalachian… >>Read more