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Book Review – Corn Palaces and Butter Queens

CORN PALACES AND BUTTER QUEENS: A History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture. By Pamela H. Simpson. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2012. Don’t let the trim size fool you. Corn Palaces and Butter Queens’ large size and splashy cover seems designed to sell in the gift shop at the Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace, … Continue reading

Interview – Matthew Frye Jacobson on Why I Became a Historian

By Randall Stephens  This article originally appeared on the blog The Historical Society on May 29, 2013. Matthew Frye Jacobson, interviewed in the video posted here, is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University.  He is the outgoing president of the American Studies Association.  He’s also the author of What Have They Built You … Continue reading

Book Review – More Perfect Unions

MORE PERFECT UNIONS: The American Search for Marital Bliss.  By Rebecca L. Davis.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press.  2010. In her meticulously researched history of marriage counseling in the United States, Davis examines the profession from its origins in the 1920s and 1930s to its status in the present day.  Incorporating material from advice manuals, professional … Continue reading

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