In one of the most brilliant books of recent years, Alice Kessler-Harris explains how modern feminism has been grounded in the changing meanings of work. Formidable research and eloquent writing make it clear why gender difference as a rationale for distributing jobs, taxes and entitlements came to a screeching crash in our own lifetimes," said Linda K. Kerber, professor at University of Iowa and author of "No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship" (Hill and Wang, 1998).
Kessler-Harris, Columbia's R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, is a specialist in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender. She has been a featured speaker at the White House, a guest expert on the PBS documentary "The Measured Century," and a leading advocate of women's rights in the United States. "In Pursuit of Equity" is the fourth book she has written on the issues of women, work and wages.
"Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," published by Harvard University Press, won the 2001 Frederick Douglass Prize for outstanding book on slavery, resistance, and abolition and the 2002 Lincoln Prize for the best work on Lincoln and the Civil War era. Blight is the Class of 1959 Professor of History and Black Studies at Amherst College. A distillation of a mass of historical material, the book clearly describes how Americans -- black and white, Northerners and Southerners, soldiers and politicians, writers and editors -- remembered the devastation of the Civil War and the impact that memory had on the politics and social struggle of Reconstruction, including race relations and America's national reunion.
"This book effectively traces both the growth and development of what became, by the turn of the 20th century and the debut of "The Birth of a Nation," the dominant racist representation of the Civil War. A major work of American history, this volume's documentation of the active and exceedingly articulate voices of protest against this inaccurate and unjust imagining of history is just one of its accomplishments," wrote Publishers Weekly in a review.
David W. Blight, a pioneer of the emerging field of memory studies, is also the author of the award-winning "Frederick Douglass's Civil War" (Louisiana State University Press, 1989), among other books and articles.