How to Prevent an Epidemic like the American Colonists did

Our own Dr. Andrew Wehrman writes an article for On Second Thought Magazine titled "How to Prevent an Epidemic like the American Colonists did".  He shares the grisly details of early colonial medicine and the surprisingly-creative nine rules/policies the colonists used to prevent these deadly illnesses. 

Game of Privilege Has Won the North American Society for Sport History Book Award for Best 2017 Monograph in Sport History

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Congratulations to CMU history professor Lane Demas for winning the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) Book Award for best 2017 monograph in Sport History for his work Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf!

Game of Privilege was published by the University of Carolina Press in September 2017. The book received the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award.

Jennifer Vannette in the Washington Post

Congratulations to Jennifer Vannette, whose article "What really drives mass shooters to commit atrocities" has been published in Made by History in the Washington Post.

Jennifer Vannette earned her PhD in U.S. History at Central Michigan University in Fall 2017 with a dissertation titled "Aftermath of Genocide: the World Jewish Congress and The Fight for Human Rights."

 

Jay Martin in the International Journal of Maritime History

Congratulations to Jay Martin, whose article “‘Scows, and barges, or other vessels of box model’: Comparative capital investment in the sailing scows of the Great Lakes of North America and in New Zealand” has just been published in the International Journal of Maritime History.

Game of Privilege has received the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award

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We are proud to announce that CMU history professor Lane Demas's new book Game of Privilege has received the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. The United States Golf Association published an interview with Dr. Demas on February 2, 2018. From the USGA website:

Established in 1987, the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature while seeking to broaden the public’s interest in, and knowledge of, the game of golf. Wind, who died in 2005, was a renowned writer for The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. He is the only writer to win the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor. 

Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf, authored by this year’s recipient, Dr. Lane Demas, is a groundbreaking exploration of the role of race, class and access to the game of golf. Dr. Demas details the history of black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses, and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association, an all-black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975.

‘I’m proud of the fact that this book provides a narrative and historical content that’s accessible to everyone, especially the everyday golf fan,’ said Dr. Demas. ‘It’s very humbling to receive this prestigious award and be recognized by a premier organization such as the USGA.’

Game of Privilege was published by the University of Carolina Press in September 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Demas!

HISTORY INFORMING PRESENT CRISIS

CMU history professor John Robertson's work informed and was quoted by the New York Times Magazine. The article "The Living and the Dead" by James Verini details the October battle for Mosul and examines the conflict in the context of history. 

The reporter drew from Robertson's well-received Iraq: A History. From the editor: "In this unrivaled study, John Robertson details the greatness and grandeur of Iraq’s achievements, the brutality and magnificence of its ancient empires and its extraordinary contributions to the world. The only work in the English language to explore the history of the land of two rivers in its entirety, it takes readers from the seminal advances of its Neolithic inhabitants to the aftermath of the American and British-led invasion, the rise of Islamic State and Iraq today."

 

GAME OF PRIVILEGE: An African American History of Golf

CMU History professor Lane Demas's new book Game of Privilege will be released this September.

From the publisher, University of North Carolina Press: "This groundbreaking history of African Americans and golf explores the role of race, class, and public space in golf course development, the stories of individual black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses, and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association (UGA)--a black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975. Lane Demas charts how African Americans nationwide organized social campaigns, filed lawsuits, and went to jail in order to desegregate courses; he also provides dramatic stories of golfers who boldly confronted wider segregation more broadly in their local communities. As national civil rights organizations debated golf’s symbolism and whether or not to pursue the game’s integration, black players and caddies took matters into their own hands and helped shape its subculture, while UGA participants forged one of the most durable black sporting organizations in American history as they fought to join the white Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)."

Preorder on Amazon or other book retailers.

HISTORICAL WORDPLAY

Jim and Mary Ellen Wynes

Jim and Mary Ellen Wynes

(News from our Alumni -- Class of 1962)

What do people do with their history degrees? Mary Ellen Wynes responded, “Write cross word puzzles!” Mary Ellen and her husband Jim, both CMU alums, created and published a history crossword puzzle book. Jim, who received his masters in history in 1965, has remained a student of history over the course of his life.

Jim wants people to learn while solving the puzzles, and Mary Ellen offers the friendly warning that it really is designed to challenge history scholars. The clues are devised for someone who has great familiarity with history, and the book covers a wide range of topics from Imperial Russia to military history to early television to Michigan and even CMU history. And that’s naming just a few of many categories.

Seems like great productive procrastinating for grad students and faculty alike. The book is available at the CMU Bookstore in the Bovee University Center or you can order via email at historycrosswords@gmail.com. Cost is $11.95.