American Civilization

No longer active. The focus of American Civilization, edited by Allen F. Davis, is American cultural history. In keeping with the interdisciplinary work in this field, which characteristically brings together art history, literary history and theory, and material culture, the titles in this series cover diverse aspects of American experience—from attitudes toward death to twentieth-century design innovations to images of country life in art and letters to trade unions' reliance on religious discourse. The series has been a pioneer in presenting work that uses photographs as historical documents and from its inception has been firmly committed to women's studies. As the first university press series in the field, American Civilization provided the inspiration and the standard for much of the interdisciplinary work developing in the contemporary academy. 

Before It's Too Late

The Child Guidance Movement in the United States, 1922-1945

Margo Horn

A history of the Commonwealth Fund, 1922-1945

260 pages


Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture

Kenneth L. Ames

A richly illustrated and provocative discussion of Victorian culture through an exploration of common household goods

280 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 192 halftones


Fred Allen's Radio Comedy

Alan Havig

Tracing a career that lasted from 1912 into the 1950s, Havig describes the "verbal slapstick" style that was Fred Allen's hallmark and legacy to American comedy

296 pages

Social Darwinism

Science and Myth in Anglo-American Social Thought

Robert C. Bannister

292 pages


Twentieth Century Limited

Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939

Jeffrey L. Meikle

The classic, indispensable introduction to industrial design in the last century—available again

264 pages | 7 x 10 | 149 figs.