Award Winning Books: History

Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution

A Tale of Two Taverns and the Growth of Philadelphia

Rebecca Yamin

2022 James Deetz Book Prize, Society for Historical Archaeology

152 pages | 5 x 8 | 55 color photos, 2 figures, 8 halftones, 6 maps


The Battles of Germantown

Effective Public History in America

David W. Young

2020 Philip S. Klein Book Prize, Pennsylvania Historical Association

Lessons from Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood on how the public engages the past

294 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 figures, 17 halftones, 2 maps


Beyond Preservation

Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities

Andrew Hurley

National Council on Public History's Book Award Award, 2012

A framework for stabilizing and strengthening inner-city neighborhoods through the public interpretation of historic landscapes

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 maps 14 halftones


Boathouse Row

Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing

Dotty Brown

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia 2018 Preservation Education Award

A magisterial history of Philadelphia's iconic Boathouse Row

288 pages | 10 x 8 | 63 color photos, 3 line drawings, 110 halftones


The City on the Hill from Below

The Crisis of Prophetic Black Politics

Stephen H. Marshall

American Political Science Association's Foundations of Political Theory First Book Award, 2012

A compelling conversation between African American political intellectuals and the canon of western political philosophy

250 pages | 6 x 9


A City within a City

The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Todd E Robinson

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2013

A view of the civil rights movement in the crucible of the North

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 tables, 12 halftones


Claiming America

Constructing Chinese American Identities during the Exclusion Era

Edited by K. Scott Wong, and Sucheng Chan

Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, 2001

A collection of essays that recovers the lives and experiences of individuals who staked their claim to Chinese American identity

226 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables


The Coolie Speaks

Chinese Indentured Laborers and African Slaves in Cuba

Lisa Yun

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2008

A remarkable examination of bondage in Cuba that probes questions of slavery, freedom, and race

336 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 tables, 3 figures, 1 halftone


The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City

Nathanael Lauster

Canadian Sociological Association's John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award, 2017

A detailed study of how Vancouver moved away from the single-family house and the effects of this transformation, detailed by interviews with residents

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 11 figures, 4 halftones, 6 maps


Deregulating Desire

Flight Attendant Activism, Family Politics, and Workplace Justice

Ryan Patrick Murphy

The Organization of American Historians' David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history, 2017

How flight attendants have drawn on feminist and LGBTQ activist legacies to challenge big business's rise to power after 1970

252 pages | 6 x 9


The Disability Rights Movement

From Charity to Confrontation

Doris Zames Fleischer and Frieda Zames

Frieda Zames is the recipient of the Eileen Healy Public Service Award, 2003

A newly updated account of the struggle for disability rights in the U.S.

360 pages | 7 x 10


Disability and Passing

Blurring the Lines of Identity

Edited by Jeffrey A. Brune and Daniel J. Wilson

Contributor Dea H. Bolster, won the Disability History Association Award for Best Book Chapter, 2015

Why passing is a crucial concept in disability studies

216 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 1 halftone


Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent

Beth Kephart

Parrott Library Award from the St. Albans School Library, 2014
Kirkus Reviews' Best in Children's Books, 2013

A young adult novel set during the height of Philadelphia's industrial age

198 pages | 5.5 x 8.5


East Indian Music in the West Indies

Tân-Singing, Chutney, and the Making of Indo-Caribbean Culture

Peter Manuel

Gordon K. Lewis Award from the Caribbean Studies Association, 2000

An introduction to the music of Indo-Caribbean culture

288 pages | 7 x 10 | 1 map 34 figures 18 halftones


Envisioning Emancipation

Black Americans and the End of Slavery

Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Non-Fiction, 2014
One of the Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles, Choice, 2013

What freedom looked like for black Americans in the Civil War era

240 pages | 7 x 10 | 150 halftones


Healing Our Divided Society

Investing in America Fifty Years after the Kerner Report

Edited by Fred Harris and Alan Curtis

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2018

Examining inequality in America fifty years after the Kerner Report

488 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 tables, 54 figures


Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts

Charting the Future of Teaching the Past

Sam Wineburg

Winner of the Frederic W. Ness Award, The Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2002

How do historians know what they know?

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables 3 figures 3 halftones


The Historiography of Communism

Michael E. Brown

Michael Brown, recipient of 2019 American Sociology Association Marxist Section's Lifetime Achievement Award

A major reorientation of scholarly thought about communism and contemporary social movements

264 pages | 6 x 9


The International Monetary Fund and Latin America

The Argentine Puzzle in Context

Claudia Kedar

Honorable Mention, Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association, 2014

Chronicling the sometimes questionable relationship between the International Monetary Fund and Latin America from 1944 to the present

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables


A Life in the Struggle

Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition

George Lipsitz

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Race Relations, 1989

The life story of a grassroots, civil rights activist

320 pages | 6 x 9


Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory

Mike Wallace

Historic Preservation Book Prize, The Center for Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College, 1997

A long-awaited dispatch from the history front in today's culture war

336 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 figures, 10 halftones


Model City Blues

Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven

Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Urban Communication Foundation Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award, 2008

A lively account of social protest and urban renewal in a struggling American city

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 5 figures, 45 halftones


Modern Mobility Aloft

Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America

Amy D. Finstein

2021 Fred B. Kniffen Book Award for the best book in the field of material culture, International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture
Honorable Mention for the Kenneth Jackson Award for the best book in North American Urban History from the Urban History Association, 2021

How American cities used elevated highways as major architectural statements about local growth and modernization before 1956

304 pages | 7 x 10 | 103 halftones, 12 maps


Monument Lab

Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

Edited by Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum

Preservation Education Award from the Preservation Alliance, 2021
Selected in the trade illustrated category for the 2020 AUPresses Book, Jacket, & Journal Show

A living handbook for vital perspectives on public art and history

336 pages | 6.75 x 9.375 | 160 color photos, 82 halftones


The New Left Revisited

Edited by John McMillian, and Paul Buhle

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2003

You didn't have to be there

280 pages | 7 x 10


The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation

Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

National Communication Association Critical and Cultural Division Book of the Year 2017

A landmark history of the New York Young Lords, and what their activism tells us about contemporary Latino/a politics

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 figures, 6 halftones


On the Margins of Citizenship

Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century America

Allison C. Carey

Scholarly Achievement Award for a Book, North Central Sociological Association, 2010
Allison Carey, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Career in the Sociology of Disability from the Disability and Society section of the American Sociological Association

The history of civil rights for people with intellectual disabilities in 20th century America

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 figures


On the Stump

Campaign Oratory and Democracy in the United States, Britain, and Australia

Sean Scalmer

New South Wales Premier's History Award in General History, 2018

The story of how the “stump speech” was created, diffused, and helped to shape the modern democracies of the Anglo-American world

232 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 halftones


Out in the Union

A Labor History of Queer America

Miriam Frank

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2015
Miriam Frank,recipient of the New York Labor History Association's John Commerford Labor Education Award, 2019

A groundbreaking history of queer activists who advanced the causes of labor organizing and LGBT rights

240 pages | 6 x 9


Public City/Public Sex

Homosexuality, Prostitution, and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Andrew Israel Ross

Honorable Mention for the Eugen Weber Book Award from the UCLA Department of History, 2022

How female prostitutes and men who sought sex with other men shaped the history and emergence of modern Paris in the nineteenth century

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 figure, 7 halftones, 2 maps


The Puerto Rican Diaspora

Historical Perspectives

Edited by Carmen Teresa Whalen and Víctor Vázquez-Hernández

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2006

Histories of the Puerto Rican experience

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 20 halftones


Refugee Lifeworlds

The Afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia

Y-Dang Troeung

2023 American Studies Association Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for International Scholarship in Transnational American Studies
Finalist for the 2023 PROSE Awards in the Humanities category North American and U.S. History
Finalist for the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes, one of the BC and Yukon Book Prizes

Exploring key works that have emerged out of the Cambodian refugee archive

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 28 color photos, 6 halftones


The Rise and Fall of America's Concentration Camp Law

Civil Liberties Debates from the Internment to McCarthyism and the Radical 1960s

Masumi Izumi

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice 2020

Now in Paperback—Dissecting the complex relationship among race, national security, and civil liberties in “the age of American concentration camps”

268 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 halftones


Rubble Films

German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Robert R Shandley

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002

An insightful analysis of German film in the immediate postwar era

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 halftones



France Meets Philadelphia

Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia 2020 Art and Architecture Literary Award

Chronicling the French presence and impact on Philadelphia through its art and artists, as well as through the city’s political and social culture

416 pages | 7 x 10 | 169 color photos, 2 halftones, 1 map


Second Cities

Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

Jerome I. Hodos

Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award from the Urban History Association, 2011
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2012

How Philadelphia and Manchester have successfully grappled with globalization, carving out a series of distinctive niche roles for themselves over time

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 3 figures, 13 halftones, 5 maps


Second Cities

Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

Jerome I. Hodos

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2012
Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award from the Urban History Association, 2011

How Philadelphia and Manchester have successfully grappled with globalization, carving out a series of distinctive niche roles for themselves over time

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 3 figures, 13 halftones, 5 maps


Shadows on the Past

Studies in the Historical Fiction Film

Leger Grindon

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1995

A new genre of film is identified and explored

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 halftones


The Smoke of the Gods

A Social History of Tobacco

Eric Burns

A "Best of the Best from the University Presses" program selection at the 2007 American Library Association Annual Conference

From the author of The Spirits of America, an energetic history of tobacco use

296 pages | 6 x 9


The Spirits of America

A Social History of Alcohol

Eric Burns

A "Best of the Best from the University Presses" program selection at the 2004 American Library Association Annual Conference

A history of "the great American thirst"

344 pages | 6 x 9


St. Peter's Church

Faith in Action for 250 Years

Cordelia Frances Biddle, Elizabeth S. Browne, Alan J. Heavens, and Charles P. Peitz

Laurence D. Fish Award for Outstanding Parish History from the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists, 2014

A history of the second-oldest Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, published in honor of its 250th anniversary

272 pages | 8 x 10 | 125 color illustrations


The Story of Reo Joe

Work, Kin, and Community in Autotown, U.S.A.

Lisa M. Fine

Selected for inclusion on the list of Michigan Notable Books, 2005
Cugnot Award of Distinction, 2005
Chosen by the Adult Non-fiction Committee of the Society of Midland Authors as the first runner-up, 2004-5

A collision of history and memory

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 17 halftones


The Temp Economy

From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America

Erin Hatton

Honorable Mention, Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association, 2012

How the temp industry undermined the idea that workers are a company's chief asset

232 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 2 tables, 7 halftones


Veils and Daggers

A Century of <u>National Geographic</u>'s Representation of the Arab World

Linda Steet

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Award, 2001

Critically unpacks National Geographic's portrayal of the Arab World

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 halftones


Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability

Paul K. Longmore

Honorable Mention in the category of Disability Rights, Gustavus Myers Book Award, 2004
Paul Longmore was selected by the American Association of People with Disabilities to receive The Henry B. Betts Award, 2004

"Personal inclination made me a historian. Personal encounter with public policy made me an activist."

288 pages | 6 x 9