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Cultivating Regionalism
Cultivating Regionalism
Higher Education and the Making of the American Midwest
By Kenneth Wheeler

From The Northern Illinois University Press

In this ambitious book, Kenneth Wheeler revises our understanding of the nineteenth-century American Midwest by reconsidering an institution that was pivotal in its making—the small college. During the antebellum decades, Americans built a remarkable number of colleges in the Midwest that would help cultivate their regional identity. Through higher education, the values of people living north and west of the Ohio River formed the basis of a new Midwestern culture.

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Slavery Before Race
Slavery Before Race
Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island’s Sylvester Manor Plantation 1651-1884
By Katherine Howlett Hayes

From The NYU Press

“Hayes offers a skillful and captivating take on some of the big issues in contemporary historical and anthropological scholarship: race, community, material culture, memory, and heritage. This highly readable book will attract and satisfy archaeologists, historians, and general readers alike, and its thoughtful treatment of New York's colonial and 'racial' histories will resonate with researchers of colonialism around the world.”

—Stephen W. Silliman, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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"The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people's lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship."

— Stephanie M. H. Camp, University of Washington