Web site: Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mâché Anatomical Models
with Richard Barden.
Breaking the Land: The Transformation of Cotton, Tobacco, and Rice Cultures since 1880.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1985.
Focusing on three commodities, the book traces the impact of government programs and mechanization in transforming rural life over a century. The book won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize from the Southern Historical Association and the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.
Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
This is an overview of the U.S. South that focuses on missed opportunities to reform rural life and face the problem of racism. It also discusses rock 'n' roll music and stock car racing. It won the Elliott Rudwick Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
Toxic Drift: Pesticides and Health in the South, 1945-1970.
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming, 2005.
This book analyzes the impact of snythetic chemicals (pesticides) on human health and on birds, fish, wildlife, and domestic animals. This book was the basis of the 2004 Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University.
"Rhythm of the Land,"
Agricultural History 68 (Fall 1994), pp. 1–22.
Using interviews and archival sources, this essay examines the rural South's impact on the origins of rock 'n' roll music. It was the presidential address for the Agricultural History Society, 1994.
"The Legal Basis of Agrarian Capitalism: The South since 1933,"
in Melvyn Stokes and Rick Halpern, eds. Race and Class in the American South since 1890 (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 1994), pp. 79–102.
Based on legal and archival sources, this lecture analyzed the importance of federal programs in reshaping rural life and perpetuating racism in commodity programs. This essay was the Commonwealth Fund Lecture for 1992, University College London.
On the Move: Transportation and the American Story
with Michael S. Sweeney. (National Geographic, 2003).
A richly illustrated companion book to the America on the Move exhibition that explores transportation and American history from 1800 to 2000.
"Book review: Old Dominion New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 by Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent, Jr., and William G .Shade
(Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007)," Maryland Historical Society Magazine, Spring 2008.
“A View of the American Home at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art,”
Smithsonian Museum of American Art Bulletin, Summer 2007.
A short review of objects on view at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art that explicate the idea of home.
"Exhibition review: The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity and the Jewish American Dream at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 2007,"
The Journal of American History, Summer 2007.
"Book review: Architects to the Nation by Antoinette J. Lee (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2000),"
The Public Historian, Spring 2002.
“Early 19th Century American Composition Ornament by George Andrews,”
in Country Houses and Collections: An Anthology. London, England: The Attingham Trust, 2002.
"Baltimore Quilts in Bath, England,"
America in Britain, Fall 2002.
Explicates the design of several quilts in the American Museum in Bath, England.
The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition,
Tokyo: Kokusai Art Publication, 1999, second printing 2001.
An examination of the role of women and aspects of gentility in the making of Baltimore Album quilts in the Maryland Historical Society collection.
"Maryland History in Film,"
with Leith Johnson in Filming Maryland. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society Press, 2000.
Discusses the role of feature films as historical documents.
"Marylanders in Portraiture,"
Annapolis, Maryland: Government House, State of Maryland, 1999.
Presents a broad view of those who contributed to the state’s heritage.
"Exhibition review: Making Washington City: Proprietors, Dreamers and Builders, exhibition at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.,"
The Public Historian, Spring, 1992.
"The Celestial Empire and the Early American Republic,"
Asian Studies Association Bulletin, Spring, 1989.
A discussion of trade issues between China and America in the early 19th century.
"Cargo Manifests and Custom Records from the American China Trade,"
Committee on East Asian Library Bulletin, February, 1989.
An article that explores the use of American manifest records to record the history of trade with China.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier
New York: Smithsonian Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.
“Collecting Pictorialism at the Smithsonian 1896-1959,”
The History of Photography Journal, National Museum of American History edition, Spring 2000.
A history of collecting and exhibiting art photography at the Smithsonian. Illustrations highlight objects and past exhibitions from the NMAH collections.
“The 1896 Washington Salon and Art Photography,”
American Art Review, January–February 1997.
Summary of the exhibition of the first photographic salon in the United States, and the beginnings of the national collection of photography at the Smithsonian. Illustrations of images shown at the 1896 salon now in the NMAH collections.
“Engineering Time: Inventing the Electronic Wristwatch,”
British Journal for the History of Science, No. 4, Vol. 33, Dec. 2000, pp. 477–497.
Survey of three independent teams in the United States, Switzerland and Japan that invented the first electronic quartz wristwatches.
“The Quartz Watch,”
with Carlene Stephens. Lemelson Center for Study of Invention and Innovation Web site. 1997.
Web site exploring the global competition to develop the first quartz electronic wristwatches in the late 1960s and 1970s.
“Time’s New Face: Liquid Crystals in Your Wristwatch,”
with Carlene Stephens. Invention and Technology, Spring 2002, p. 27.
Sidebar article on the application of liquid crystal display technology in digital watches in the 1970s.