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A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida

A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press), argues that, between the early 1900s and the 1960s, property ownership helped set the terms of Jim Crow segregation. It shows how a shared stake in growing South Florida’s economy allowed competing property interests from opposite sides of […]


When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation

In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic’s formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America


Marina Rustow Wins Collaborative Research Fellowship

Marina Rustow has won a Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for the two-year project “Documents and Institutions in the Medieval Middle East,” to be undertaken with Eve Krakowski (Yale University).


Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground

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Louis Mandrin led a gang of bandits who brazenly smuggled contraband into 18th-century France. Michael Kwass brings new life to the legend of this Gallic Robin Hood and the thriving underworld he helped to create.


Franklin Knight Awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica

Eight distinguished Jamaicans are to receive the Institute of Jamaica’s Musgrave Award on October 16, 2013, at the Annual Musgrave Medals Award Ceremony. The medals are awarded for achievements in the literary, scientific, and artistic fields. One of two gold Musgrave Medals will be presented to Prof. Franklin Knight.


Angus Burgin’s New Book Receives Awards

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Prof. Angus Burgin’s new book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, received the Merle Curti Award for Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians, and the Joseph J. Spengler Prize for the best book on the history of economics from the History of Economics Society.