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Secular Damnation: Thomas Jefferson And The Imperative Of Race, Robert Forbes Dec 2012

Secular Damnation: Thomas Jefferson And The Imperative Of Race, Robert Forbes

Robert P Forbes

Race, we are told, is a “social construction.” If this is so, Thomas Jefferson was its principal architect. Jefferson consciously framed his only published book, Notes on the State of Virginia, to check the rising status of Africans and to combat growing critiques of slavery from America’s European friends. Jefferson did this by importing the slaveholder’s sense of slaves as chattel into an Enlightenment world view, providing a metaphysical foundation for prejudice by transmuting the traditional Christian concept of the saved vs. the damned into material and aesthetic terms. Recasting in quasi-scientific language the ancient doctrine of the ...


Early Continental Philosophy Of Science, Babette Babich Nov 2012

Early Continental Philosophy Of Science, Babette Babich

Babette Babich

No abstract provided.


A Healthy Mania For The Macabre, Stephen Asma Aug 2012

A Healthy Mania For The Macabre, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

The article discusses the fascination with death in art in response to several exhibits which display preserved human bodies, such as the "Body Worlds" traveling exhibit which features human bodies preserved with silicon after an acetone bath, a technique discovered by medical scientist Gunther von Hagens. The author looks at human curiosity with morbidity and artists such as Damien Hirst that use it as the focus of their work. Topics include comments by Richard Harris, creator of "Morbid Curiosity" exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, art historian Paul Koudounaris, and the beauty of death and morbidity according to New York artist and ...


Review Of Asbestos And Fire: Technological Tradeoffs And The Body At Risk., Mark Tebeau Jul 2012

Review Of Asbestos And Fire: Technological Tradeoffs And The Body At Risk., Mark Tebeau

Mark Tebeau

Book review of Asbestos and Fire: Technological Tradeoffs and the Body at Risk by Rachel Maines.


Paul Revere's Last Ride: The Road To Rolling Copper, Robert Martello Mar 2012

Paul Revere's Last Ride: The Road To Rolling Copper, Robert Martello

Robert Martello

An immigrant's son, a heroic revolutionary rider, and an eminent silversmith, Paul Revere seems to epitomize the American Dream. He has been justifiably lauded as a hardworking, practical, and ambitious patriot-citizen, yet this portrait is incomplete. Paul Revere's greatest ride, truly earning him his place in history, was his successful quest to become the first American to master the technique of rolling copper.


Enemy In The Blood: Malaria, Environment, And Development In Argentina, Eric Carter Dec 2011

Enemy In The Blood: Malaria, Environment, And Development In Argentina, Eric Carter

Eric D. Carter

Winner of the 2013 Elinor Melville Prize for the best book on Latin American environmental history, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History.


Drainage On The Grand Prairie: The Birth Of A Hydraulic Society On The Midwestern Frontier, S. Imlay, Eric Carter Dec 2011

Drainage On The Grand Prairie: The Birth Of A Hydraulic Society On The Midwestern Frontier, S. Imlay, Eric Carter

Eric D. Carter

The Grand Prairie of east central Illinois was notorious for a marshy environment that prevented dense agricultural settlement until late in the nineteenth century. While recent historical–geographical scholarship has focused on innovations in drainage technology, drainage-related laws and institutions, and the ecological impacts of wetland reclamation, it has largely failed to account for the persistence of agrarian structure, and its key component, land tenure, on the Grand Prairie. Late-nineteenth-century reclamation efforts were not quite so transformative as previously believed. The same landed elite that dominated in the pre-drainage era quickly emerged atop a system of public drainage that held ...


Review Of "Isaac's Eye," By Lucas Hnath, Ensemble Studio Theater, Karen Gevirtz Dec 2011

Review Of "Isaac's Eye," By Lucas Hnath, Ensemble Studio Theater, Karen Gevirtz

Karen Bloom Gevirtz

No abstract provided.