Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

Faith & Tobacco, A History of St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Washington, D.C.: Anchovy Hill Press, 2015

From the colonial era until well into the 20th century, the combination of faith and the income from tobacco built and sustained the Anglican parishes of Maryland.  This book examines the history of St. Thomas' Parish in Prince George's County-a parish whose roots reach back to one of the earliest congregations in the colony. The text covers not only the events and people at the local parish level but also gives insight into the necessary and practical business of managing a parish; supporitng a rector, maintaining church buildings, and nurturing the growth of congregations.

“The Great Gallup Coal Strike of 1933,” co-authored with Richard E. Ahlborn, in Hispanic Arts and Ethnohistory in the Southwest: New Papers Inspired by the Work of E. Boyd, edited by Marta Weigle, with Claudia Larcombe and Samuel Larcombe, Ancient City Books and the University of New Mexico Press, 1983.
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, co-authored with Lonnie Bunch, Spencer Crew, Mark Hirsch, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820–Present, co-authored with Peter Liebhold. UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, 1999.
Design for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941–1945, co-authored with William Bird Jr., Princeton Architectural Press, 1998.
“Bringing Sweatshops into the Museum,” co-authored with Peter Liebhold. In Sweatshop USA, edited by Daniel E. Bender and Richard A. Greenwald, Routledge, 2003.
“Good History is Not Enough,” Perspectives, Vol.38, No. 5, May 2000.
“Welcoming Workers,” Museum News, November 1990.
“In Pursuit of the Labor Vote: Presidential Campaign Material at the National Museum of American History,” Labor's Heritage, Summer 1996.
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, Smithsonian Books, 2008.
“With Hammer in Hand: Working Class Occupational Portraits,” in American Artisans: Crafting Social Identity, 1750-1850, edited by Howard B. Rock, Paul A. Gilje, and Robert Asher, Johns Hopkins Press, 1995.
“Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The National Museum of American History’s Exhibition on Sweatshops, 1820–Present,” co-authored with Peter Liebhold, Labor's Heritage, Spring 1998.
“Symbols and Images of American Labor: Dinner Pails and Hard Hats,” Labor's Heritage, July 1989.
“Symbols and Images of American Labor: Badges of Pride,” Labor's Heritage, April 1989.
“Collecting for Tomorrow: Sweden's Contemporary Documentation Program,” Museum News, August 1985.
“Political Repression in New Mexico: The Destruction of the National Miners' Union, 1933 1935,” in Labor in New Mexico: Strikes, Unions and Social History Since 1881, edited by Robert Kern, University of New Mexico Press, 1983.
“Political Repression in New Mexico: The Destruction of the National Miners' Union, 1933 1935,” in Labor in New Mexico: Strikes, Unions and Social History Since 1881, edited by Robert Kern, University of New Mexico Press, 1983.
“Smithsonian Santos: Collecting and the Collection,” in Labor in New Mexico: Strikes, Unions and Social History Since 1881, edited by Robert Kern, University of New Mexico Press, 1983.
"Mythos, Memory, and History: African American Preservation Efforts, 1820-1990." Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture. Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Steven D. Lavine, eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Detailed analysis of the preservation of objects, folklore, music, governmental records over the 19th and 20th centuries.

"Culture Wars Won and Lost: Ethnic Museums on the Mall," in Radical History Review. Two-part article. No. 68, Spring, 1997 and No. 70 Winter, 1998. (Part One: The Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. Part Two: The African American Museum on the Mall Project.)

Comparison of the work in the 1980s and 1990s to found the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and the earlier unsuccessful attempt to pass legislation to put an African American Museum on the Mall.

"Recovering Yesterday." Co-author with Paul Ruffins. Black Issues in Higher Education. Vol. 13, No.25 February 2, 1997.

Brief history of Black efforts to preserve African American history in collections.

"The Politics of Cultural Ownership." AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. Vol. 14, No. 1. January, 1996. (American Institute of Graphic Arts.)

Brief analysis of the struggles over control of ethnic images in 20th century U.S.A.

"Lifting As We Climb': Black Women and the Preservation of African American History and Culture." Gender and History. Vol. 6, No. 3. November, 1994.

Analysis of the special role that Black women have played in the preservation of African American history.

"A Faithful Witness': Afro-American Public History in Historical Perspective," with Jeffrey Stewart. Presenting the Past: Critical Perspectives on History and the Public. Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, eds. Temple University Press, 1986.

Detailed analysis of the relationship between professional historians and "organic historians" of the African American experience.

"Reflecting on Ethnic Imagery in the Landscape of Commerce 1945–1975" in Getting and Spending: American and European Consumption in the Twentieth Century. Charles McGovern, Susan Strasser, and Matthias Judt, eds. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Analysis of the images of ethnicity in American advertising,both television and print, between World War II and the Vietnam War.

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