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Hopewell Junction: A Railroader's Town

Reveals the life and lore of a vanished era of railroad history.

Ladies Day at the Capitol

First history of New York's women legislators within the larger story of New York State politics.

Notable Civil War Veterans of Oswego County, New York

Recounts the compelling stories of Civil War soldiers and sailors who lived in Oswego County, New York.

Primary Elections and American Politics

Argues that Progressive Era reforms had the counterintuitive effect of weakening political parties and their role in representative government.

The Sea Lions

An exciting adventure tale of sealers caught in the Antarctic ice in the early nineteenth century and forced to winter over in extreme conditions.

A Passionate Life

The first full biography of W. H. H. Murray (1849-1904), a Boston preacher often described as the father of the American outdoor movement and the modern vacation.

Stories, Streets, and Saints

A time capsule of a classic Italian American neighborhood, told in the voices of its inhabitants.

Dear Uncles

Edited by Rick Barram
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

A New York soldier's eyewitness account of life in the first year of the Civil War, from the campgrounds to the battlefields.

Replanting Cultures

Provides a theoretical and practical guide to community-engaged scholarship with Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.

Home as Found

A novel of manners set in the drawing rooms, ballrooms, and Wall Street offices in 1830s New York, dramatizing conflicts that we are still grappling with nearly two hundred years later.

The Letchworth State Park Atlas

A visitor's companion to New York's Letchworth State Park, richly illustrated with ninety maps and thirty-five photographs.

Resist, Organize, Build

Juxtaposes feminist and queer activism in Britain and the United States in the face of resurgent conservatism during the 1980s.

Empire Imagined

Examines the deep roots of the American way of war.

In the Catskills and My Boyhood

Classic works by naturalist John Burroughs on his beloved Catskill region.

History of Delaware County and Border Wars of New York

A classic history of Delaware County and the border wars written by none other than prominent Gilded Age "Robber Baron" Jay Gould.

FDR's Budgeteer and Manager-in-Chief

First study of Harold D. Smith, FDR’s budget director from 1939 to 1945.

Out-Doors at Idlewild; or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson

Chronicles the creation of a picturesque home and landscape on the Hudson River by one of the nineteenth century's leading authors.

Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

An intimate and moving account of how the author rose from poverty to become a major Black political figure in New York State.

Signs of Distinction

Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

The First Chief Justice

Chronicles the efforts of the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court to establish a federal court system during the country's uncertain early years.

The Spirit of New York, Second Edition

A celebration of New York State's history through 19 key events from the state's founding to today.

The Other American Dilemma

Examines how Mexican Americans experienced “unofficial” Jim Crow inside and outside the American education system, and how they used the courts, Mexican Consul, and other resources to challenge that discrimination.

Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America

Edited by Lucianne Lavin
Subjects: American Studies

Examines the significant impact of Dutch traders and settlers on the early history of Northeastern North America, and their relationships with its Indigenous peoples.

Imagining the Fed

Traces the six-decade struggle for power within the Federal Reserve System from the perspective of the central bankers who shaped the Fed.

"Our Relations…the Mixed Bloods"

Articulates the relationships between kinship, racial ideology, mixed blood treaty provisions, and landscape transformation in the Great Lakes region.

Blacks in Niagara Falls

A detailed study of the history of African Americans in a small upstate New York city from the days of the Underground Railroad to the deindustrialization of the 1980s.

Lionel Jobert and the American Civil War

Tells the exciting tale of a highly ambitious Frenchman who commanded a New York Regiment during the American Civil War.

From the Bayou to the Bay

The intellectual autobiography of a leading scholar in the field of African American Studies.

Leadership and Legacy

Applies a variety of scholarly approaches to analyze the long-term impact of President Obama as a leader and policymaker.

An Unfinished Revolution

The story of the suffrage movement and the ongoing struggle for women’s rights through the lens of one family’s history.

Angel on a Freight Train

By Peter C. Baldwin
Subjects: History

The story of a nineteenth-century New Yorker’s struggle to reconcile his same-sex erotic desires with his commitment to a Christian life.

Freedom in Laughter

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin’ circuit to the mainstream.

Authorized Agents

Examines the relation between Indian diplomacy and nineteenth-century Native American literature.

A Most Glorious Ride

Edited by Edward P. Kohn
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Encompasses key years and important events in Theodore Roosevelt’s early life and career.

African Americans and the First Amendment

The first detailed examination of African Americans and First Amendment rights, from the colonial era to the present.

Racial Inequality in New York City since 1965

A comprehensive exploration of racial inequality in New York City since 1965.

The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939

Assesses how America's film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period.

What Remains

Text by Ilan Stavans
Photographs by Jon Crispin
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Combining photography and essay, presents a speculative portrait of a Jewish immigrant living out the end of his days in New York's midcentury mental health system.

From El Dorado to Lost Horizons

Investigates how musicals, war films, sex comedies, and Westerns dealt with contentious issues during a time of change in Hollywood.

The Politics of Paradigms

Uncovers long-ignored political themes—ideology, propaganda, mind-control, and Orwellian history—at work within the pages of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized

Studies the revolutionary theory of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s through ʼ70s, placing it within the broader social theory of black revolution in the United States since the nineteenth century.

Facing toward the Dawn

Examines the history of the Italian anarchist movement in New London, Connecticut.

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

Tells the forgotten but surprising stories of the many handsome and significant buildings in downtown Troy, New York.

The US Supreme Court and the Centralization of Federal Authority

Traces the US Supreme Court’s effect on federal government growth from the founding era forward.

The New Welfare Consensus

Discusses the conservative ideological and political attack on welfare in the United States.

Get Things Moving!

Recounts the forgotten but important work of Wayne Coy, the Office for Emergency Management's Liaison Officer, during the early years of World War II.

Welcome to Fear City

Analyzes how location-shot crime films of the 1970s reflected and influenced understandings of urban crisis.

Forest and Crag

A compelling story of our ever-evolving relationship with mountains and wilderness.

Overcoming Niagara

Analyzes the nineteenth century canal age in the Niagara-Great Lakes borderland region as a transnational phenomenon.

Cities of Refuge

Contrasts the experiences of German Jewish refugees from the Holocaust who fled to London and New York City.

Energy, the Modern SEnvisioning Sociologytate, and the American World System

Examines political authority in the modern era as a function of specific energy politics.

Our War Paint Is Writers' Ink

Explores a little-known history of exchange between Anishinaabe and American writers, showing how literature has long been an important venue for debates over settler colonial policy and indigenous rights.

Battling Editor

Recounts the transformation of two daily newspapers in the face of economic downturns and sweeping technological change.

We Are Going to Be Lucky

Edited by Elizabeth L. Fox
Notes by Elizabeth L. Fox
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Tells the story of a young couple in love during World War II, and the difficulties they faced both at war and on the home front.

Race, Nation, and Refuge

By Doug Coulson
Subjects: History

Explores the role of rhetoric and the racial classification of Asian American immigrants in the early twentieth century.

Ethics and Accountability on the US Supreme Court

Examines the causes and consequences of recusal behavior on the US Supreme Court.

Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010

Combines history and biography to interpret the last half century of black politics in America as represented in the life and work of a pivotal African American public intellectual.

The History of Here

How the Pine Hills neighborhood in Albany, New York, changed and grew, as reflected in the history of one house and the lives of its residents.

Radical Imagination, Radical Humanity

Provides firsthand accounts of militant Puerto Rican activists in 1970s New York City.

The Politics of Persuasion

Examines how the US media covers high-profile public policy issues in the context of competing claims about media bias.

Over a Barrel

How a small family company in the Finger Lakes became one of the most important wine producers in the United States, only to be taken down by corporate greed and mismanagement.

Herbert H. Lehman

The definitive biography of New York State's four-term Governor, US Senator, humanitarian, and Jewish liberal political reformer.

Rebels on the Niagara

Offers a detailed account of the political and military history of the Irish American Fenian Brotherhood in the nineteenth century.

Votes for Women

Chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.

The Suffragents

The story of how and why a group of prominent and influential men in New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote.

Race Still Matters

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.

Hopes and Expectations

Describes in rich detail African American daily life among free blacks in the North in the 1860s.

Beyond Memory

Uncovers an overlooked aspect of the Italian American experience.

An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman

A rare nineteenth-century journal of an everyday woman richly infused with the minutiae of antebellum daily life and work.

The Best of New York Archives

Tales of New York State history from the pages of the award-winning publication New York Archives.

Somewhere in France

Previously unpublished letters and private journal provide an intimate view of World War I through the eyes of an ordinary soldier from western New York.

Respectability on Trial

By Brian Donovan
Subjects: History

Recovers and chronicles the plights of ordinary New Yorkers that resonate with contemporary debates on rape and domestic violence.

The Disappearing L

Investigates the rise and fall of US American lesbian cultural institutions since the 1970s.

The Invasion of Canada by the Americans, 1775-1776

Edited by Mark R. Anderson
Translated by Teresa L. Meadows
Subjects: History

Presents never before published and translated Canadian Loyalist and American Patriot first-hand accounts of the Quebec Campaign of the Revolutionary War.

FDR on His Houseboat

Edited by Karen Chase
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Presents and expands upon Roosevelt’s daily nautical log as he was trying to regain the use of his polio-damaged legs.

Knickerbocker Commodore

Explores the life and times of John Drake Sloat, the US Navy Pacific Squadron commander who occupied Monterey and declared the annexation of California at the beginning of the war with Mexico.

Our Time at Foxhollow Farm

Chronicles the life of an upper-class, mid–Hudson Valley family during the first three decades of the twentieth century.

Lessons Learned from Popular Culture

Informative and entertaining introduction to the study of popular culture.

Oklahomo

Uses the state of Oklahoma as a case study for how US conservatives have attempted to unqueer America since the 1950’s.

Local Party Organizations in the Twenty-First Century

Demonstrates how local political parties have retained a role of critical importance in American politics.

Out of the Closet, Into the Archives

The first book to focus on the experience of LGBT archival research.

Green Voices

Essays addressing relatively unknown or unexamined speeches delivered by famous or influential environmental figures.

Schoolhouse Activists

Examines the role of African American educators in the Birmingham civil rights movement.

In the Face of Inequality

First comparative historical analysis of the organizational growth of black colleges.

The Philosopher-Lobbyist

The history of John Dewey's leadership of the progressive People's Lobby.

From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens

Challenges the traditional perception that Loyalists were ostracized as traitors to the United States, after the American Revolution.

Frank

The first full-length biography of America’s youngest, and perhaps most underrated, First Lady.

Stairway to Empire

The story of the Erie Canal’s completion and its place in the larger narrative of American modernity and progress.

William Cullen Bryant

A biography of one of nineteenth-century America’s foremost poets and public intellectuals.

The Affair of the Veiled Murderess

An account of a mysterious murder committed in nineteenth-century Troy, New York, and the sensational trial that ensued.

Breaching Jericho's Walls

An award-winning African-American historian and novelist takes the reader on an exciting journey from a segregated Philadephia childhood in the 1930's to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and Manhattan.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Thirsty City

By Skye Borden
Subjects: Public Policy

Explores the evolution of Atlanta's water system and charts the poor urban planning decisions that created the city's current water shortage.

The Journal of Ann McMath

By Ann McMath
Edited by C. Stewart Doty
Introduction by C. Stewart Doty
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An account of an ordinary young woman coming of age in the "Burned-Over District" of Western New York during the Second Great Awakening.

Regulating Desire

Examines the organized efforts to reshape the law relating to young women’s sexuality in the United States.

The Spirit of New York

Presents New York history in a fresh way through sixteen dramatic events.

The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley

Essays by eleven prominent scholars provide the latest insights into the seventeenth-century history of the Hudson Valley and its environs.

American Dolorologies

Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.

A Longhouse Fragmented

Tells the social history of the Iroquois people of Ohio during the buildup to removal.

An Irrepressible Conflict

Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War.