Category: History

Receive a Free Ebook of Essays on Civil Rights by Prominent African American Intellectuals

Published in 1944, What the Negro Wants was a direct and emphatic call for the end of segregation and racial discrimination that set the agenda for the Civil Rights Movement to come. With essays by fourteen prominent African American intellectuals, including Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Mary McLeod Bethune, A. Philip Randolph, W. E. B. Du […]

From the Desk of Eli Bortz

The University of Notre Dame Press feels palpably the impact the cancellation of OAH has on historians, publishers, students, and the general historically-intrigued public.  Personally, I’ve not missed OAH as an editor in nearly 15 years.  Given this unprecedented collective absence from our lives, we as a Press wanted to highlight our own particular focus […]

New book examines the rise and fall of an Indiana mill town

Ronald V. Morris, professor of history at Ball State University, is the author of a new book titled Yountsville: The Rise and Decline of an Indiana Mill Town.  In this volume, Morris and collaborators examine the history and context of a rural Midwestern town, including family labor, working women, immigrants, and competing visions of the future. Combining perspectives from […]

“Notre Dame vs. the Klan” named U.S. Catholic Book Club’s July selection

This month, the U.S. Catholic Book Club is reading Notre Dame vs. The Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defied the KKK by Todd Tucker. Shanna Johnson, assistant editor of U.S. Catholic says, “Tucker is a master storyteller and historian, following the events that transpired in South Bend, Indiana, on May 17–19, 1924. For readers with little historical context of the time, […]

“Abandoned Tracks” wins INDIES 2018 Silver Book of the Year for Multicultural Studies

“Abandoned Tracks” wins INDIES 2018 Silver Book of the Year for Multicultural Studies The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce that Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County, Pennsylvania by W. Thomas Mainwaring received the INDIES 2018 Silver Book of the Year for Multicultural Studies. Mainwaring is professor and department chair of history at Washington & Jefferson College. Abandoned […]

Colin Powell biography examines a successful but flawed leader

Jeffrey J. Matthews’s new book Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot traces the rise to power and the professional life of American statesman and retired four-star general in the U.S. Army, Colin Powell. For the past three decades, Powell has been among America’s most trusted and admired leaders. Matthews offers a balanced and revisionist interpretation of Powell’s career, including his role in the My […]