American Studies is proud to announce two new books from our faculty.
In this new book Professor Deslippe considers the first fifteen years of affirmative action. In the late 1960s and 1970s, opponents of affirmative action filed so-called "reverse discrimination" charges with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, brought lawsuits in the local, state and federal court system. Opponents did not simply resist new programs for advancing the economic status of minority men and women of all races: rather, they harness "rights talk" to their own ends, making far-reaching claims about equality, justice and citizenship in the post-civil rights era.
In his eighth book Professor Schuyler examines the careers of a number of individuals whose paintings and writings were pivotal in the emergence of an appreciation of the valley’s history and who recognized the need to protect the landscape from overdevelopment at the turn of the twentieth century, which he presents as crucial to the beginnings of modern environmentalism. He analyzes their efforts to sanctify the river and define the responsibility their generation shared for preserving the landscape so significant in forging a regional and ultimately a national identity.