Examining the shift between American immigrant policy between 1924 and 1964, Ellis Island Nation traces the emergence of "contributionism," the belief that the newcomers from eastern and southern Europe contributed important cultural and economic benefits to American society. Read more . . .
Through careful archival research, Glenn Mitoma reveals how the U.S. government, key civil society groups, Cold War politics, and specific individuals led to America's emergence in the twentieth century as an ambivalent yet central player in establishing an international rights ethic. Read more . . .
In this volume, scholars from three continents trace the role of dreams in the cultural transitions of the early modern Atlantic world, illustrating how both indigenous and European methods of understanding dream phenomena became central to contests over religious and political power. Read more . . .
How Rivalries End Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson, and Sumit Ganguly
272 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4498-4 | $69.95 | £45.50
Examining political hot spots stretching from Egypt and Israel to North and South Korea, How Rivalries End builds an original theory from patterns in successful conflict resolutions and reveals the key factors in reducing tensions and building long-term peace between adversaries. Read more . . .
Theater historian Jody Enders brings a dozen of the funniest French farces to contemporary English speaking audiences for the first time. This performance-friendly collection includes background information about the plays for medievalists, theater practitioners, and classic comedy lovers alike. Read more . . .
Almost A Dynasty details the rise and fall of the World Champion 1980 Phillies. Based on personal interviews, newspaper accounts, and the keen insight of a veteran baseball writer, the book convincingly explains how a losing team was finally able to win its first world championship. Read more . . .
In Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor, Catherine M. Paden examines five civil rights organizations and explores why they chose to represent the poor—specifically, low-income African Americans—during six legislative periods considering welfare reform. Read more . . .
Thanks to the recent discovery of Judith Sargent Murray's papers—including some 2,500 personal letters—Sheila L. Skemp has documented the compelling story of a talented and most unusual eighteenth-century woman. Read more . . .
Edited and with an introduction by political scientist Rogers M. Smith, Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs brings together essays by an international array of leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines to explore the economic, cultural, political, and normative aspects of comparative immigration policies. Read more . . .
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The weather forecast for the coming week is just one more thing for Philadelphians to worry about, especially those who have their fingers crossed for another World Series Championship. After Phillies' dramatic advance to the NLCS, anxiety is in the air mingling with today's rain. But William C. Kashatus, author of Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 Phillies advises fans to relax and enjoy the ride. The historian provides a broader perspective to stressed out Phils fans who hope to see the start of a real baseball dynasty. Dynasty, smhynasty!
Actually, postseason predictions are futile. What the Phillies did or
failed to do during the regular season is a poor indicator of how they
will perform in October.
The mind-set, intensity and approach players take for a short . . . series is completely different from what they do in the
Hot teams can suddenly turn cold. Inconsistent pitching can become
unhittable. And hitters who suffered prolonged slumps can carry their
team in the playoffs.
The only clear thing is that the Phillies have the talent to compete
with anybody. But their success
will be determined by the mental toughness of the individual players
and their desire to win.
You can read Kashatus's complete commentary, which appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, at www.philly.com.
In today's Philadelphia Inquirer, William C. Kashatus chose to give local baseball fans a little pre-season reality check.
. . .here in the City of Brotherly Love, fans ruminate about the
Phillies' chances of repeating that late October parade down Broad
Street. Some even dare to mention a 'dynasty,' capturing two
championships and three or more pennants in a five-year span.
In case you haven't heard, the Philadelphia Phillies will face the Tampa Bay Rays in this year's World Series. In spite of this good news for sports fans in our city, an article in today's Wall Street Journal asks "Can Phillies Fans Embrace Optimism?" WSJ sports reporter Allan Barra went to Penn Press authors William C. Kashatus and Bruce Kuklick for some answers.
In all of their dismal history, there is but a single shining
moment: the Phillies' victory over the Kansas City Royals in the 1980
World Series, celebrated with a parade down Broad Street that
Philadelphians still talk about. "That still stands as the greatest day
in Philadelphia sports history," says William Kashatus, author of
"Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 Phillies." "People who
had been battered by economic hardship and racial strife forgot their
differences, took a day off from work, went out in the streets, and had
"Philadelphia sometimes forgets this is really a baseball town,"
says Mr. Kashatus. "The parade in 1980 proved this. You wouldn't have
gotten a celebration like that for the Eagles, '76ers, and Flyers
Twenty-eight years later, a new generation of Phillies fans is asking: Is it time for another parade?
Phillies fans have a reputation as the meanest and most cynical in
baseball, but given the history they've had to live with, that might be
a natural reaction. "They're like characters in a Springsteen song,"
Prof. Kuklick [author of To Everything There Is a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia and Black Philosopher, White Academy: The Career of William Fontaine] says. "They feel like dogs that have been kicked too
much." But there's something about this year's Phillies that makes you
feel that a new era is here. Maybe.
The Business of Sports Agents Kenneth L. Shropshire and Timothy Davis
232 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2008 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4084-9 | $29.95 | £19.50
Kenneth L. Shropshire and Timothy Davis, experts in the fields of sports business and law, examine the history of the sports agent business and the rules and laws developed to regulate the profession and consider recommendations for reform.
Winner of the 2005 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research
"Prodigiously researched and thoroughly unsentimental, Neil Lanctot's history of organized black baseball from 1933 through the early 1960s provides an enormously important historical corrective to feel-good versions of baseball integration."--New York Times
. . .[Kashatus] has knitted together a meticulously detailed, exhaustively
researched, thoroughly dissected offering that contains no fewer than
four appendices, a selected bibliography, an index, an introduction, a
list of acknowledgments, and a veritable novella's worth of notes. It
is difficult to believe that anything has been left out. . . .
If you grew up with the Phillies of his generation, this book will
resonate and rekindle fond memories. If you are learning of it for the
first time, well, there was a time, believe it or not, when the
Phillies rose above their rag-tag history, when the teams of the most
futile franchise in all of sport were perennial contenders.