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Joseph Bagley, A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Though not the most popular construction project, Boston's Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city's archaeological history than any other recent event. Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts that will surprise and delight even longtime residents. Each artifact is shown in full color and accompanied by description of the item's significance to its site location and the larger history of the city. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts offers a unique and accessible introduction to Boston's history and physical culture while revealing the ways objects can offer a tantalizing entree into our past. 

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ISBN: 9781611687828
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Published: University Press of New England - April 12th, 2016

Samuel Redman, Bone Rooms

In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the bone rooms of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race, and prehistory.

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Samuel J. Redman is assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674660410
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 14th, 2016

Jay Atkinson, Massacre on the Merrimack

Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. 

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A former two-sport college athlete, Jay Atkinson is the author of books including the bestsellers Legends of Winter Hill and Ice Time, as well as the classic rugby novel, Caveman Politics. He teaches writing at Boston University.

Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781493003228
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Published: Lyons Press - October 1st, 2015

Lauret Savoy, Trace, and Derrick Z. Jackson, Project Puffin

Two writers discuss race, nature, and the American landscape.

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A teacher, earth scientist, writer, photographer, and pilot, Lauret Savoy is also a woman of mixed African-American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage. Her courses explore the stories we tell of the American land's origins— and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. In each course, Savoy challenges students to examine their assumptions about the world and about history. In 2003, she was a recipient of the College's Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also been chosen by senior classes as a Baccalaureate speaker and Last Lecturer.  

Derrick Z. Jackson, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and an accomplished photographer, is an associate editor and editorial board member of the Boston Globe. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

Derrick will have some of his nature images on display at the event, and will be selling them to benefit the Audubon Society's Derrick Jackson Diversity Scholarship program, which sends educators and environmental workers to Hog Island, Maine.

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025738
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300219791
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Published: Yale University Press - May 24th, 2016

Jean Trounstine, Boy with a Knife

Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons.

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Jean Trounstine is the author of the highly praised Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in Women's Prison about her decade directing plays and teaching at Framingham Women's Prison in Massachusetts. She has written numerous articles on prison issues for publications including Boston magazine, the Boston Globe, Working Woman magazine, the Women's Review of Books, and Truthout.

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ISBN: 9781632460240
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Published: Ig Publishing - April 26th, 2016

Karen Firestone, Even the Odds

In Even the Odds, Karen Firestone explains how risk assessment plays a prominent role in all aspects of life. We may all define risk, and our tolerance for it, somewhat differently, but we might all agree it plays a pivotal role in guiding us toward an optimal outcome. 

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ISBN: 9781629560984
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Published: Routledge - May 19th, 2016

Jonathan H. Martin, Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States

As the 2016 election approaches, could the United States be heading toward a “political revolution,” as advocated by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders? Popular rejection of the political status quo has been driving Sanders’s presidential campaign, as well as like-minded social movements—from the fight for a living wage to Black Lives Matter to climate change activism and more. How might this upsurge fuel deeper progressive challenges to two-party politics as usual, and what might enable such efforts to succeed? That intriguing, timely question will be addressed by Jonathan H. Martin, editor of and a contributor to the new book, Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States.

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By Jonathan H. Martin (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781138022010
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Published: Routledge - December 3rd, 2015

Justin Krebs, Blue in a Red State

Imagine if you felt out of step with every other member of the parent association at your kid's school, your quilting circle, or even your workout group. What if casual conversations revolved around Fox News and the decline of American values? How would you feel if you were afraid to put a political bumper sticker on your car or had to think twice about what liberal posts you liked on Facebook? These are just some of the experiences shared by liberals across twenty states and five time zones who tell their stories with honesty, warmth, and humor. 

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Justin Krebs is a political and cultural organizer, entrepreneur and author. He is a founding director of Living Liberally, a national political organization with over 200 chapters that creates hubs of liberal life all around the country—including the Drinking Liberally happy hours and Laughing Liberally comedy shows. He is a former senior fellow at the New Organizing Institute in Washington, DC, and a former activist fellow with CREDO Action in San Francisco. Justin is currently campaign director at MoveOn Political Action Committee.

Blue in a Red State: The Survival Guide to Life in the Real America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595589729
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Published: New Press - March 1st, 2016

Ned and Constance Sublette, The American Slave Coast

The American Slave Coast offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light. 

Authors Ned and Constance Sublette tell the brutal story of how the slavery industry made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as breeding women essential to the young country's expansion.

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ISBN: 9781613748206
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - October 1st, 2015

Michael Ralph, Forensics of Capital, & Danielle Allen, Our Declaration

Michael Ralph is associateprofessor of social and cultural analysis at New York University.

Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and professor of government and education at Harvard University. The recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, she is the author or editor of many books.

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ISBN: 9780226198576
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Published: University of Chicago Press - July 8th, 2015

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490446
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Published: Liveright - May 4th, 2015

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