Check out these new acquisitions at the National Museum of American History Library!
You’ll never look at barbecue the same after reading Savage Barbecue: race, culture, and the invention of America’s first food. However, it is meant in a good, feed-your-mind way. As guessed from its self-explanatory title, this book examines the racial and cultural context throughout barbecue’s history from when Columbus first arrived in the Americas to the early 20th century. Illustrations pertaining to barbecue throughout the centuries are also featured through the book.
Warnes, Andrew. Savage Barbecue: race, culture, and the invention of America’s first food. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
Harper's Weekly, 1864, General Grant receiving his commission as Lieutenant-General from President Lincoln
Think you know everything about Abraham Lincoln? Think again. Known for being the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln is little known for being an inventor. In , Lincoln the Inventor, Lincoln’s mechanical inclinations throughout his life are examined and the complete story behind Lincoln’s patented invention, “a device to buoy vessels over shoals,” is revealed. Also contained within this book are appendixes featuring reprints Lincoln’s patent papers and drafts of his first and second lectures on discoveries and inventions. Incidentally, Lincoln’s Patent Model is featured in the exhibit Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life at the National Museum of American History.
Emerson, Jason. Lincoln the Inventor. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.
Continue to nourish your mind with some Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage. This book features fifty-six in-depth scholarly chapters focusing on the history of chocolate’s — and cacao’s — mostly in the Americas and a small amount in Europe and Asia from pre-Columbian to Civil War eras. As explored in these chapters, chocolate is present in many historical aspects of culture, faith, and every-day life such as business, education, and medicine. If you’re craving for more chocolate-related scholarship and feel inspired, the fifty-sixth chapter gives suggestions for further potential research areas in chocolate. Yum.
Grivetti, Louis. Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2009.
Interested in transportation-related history after seeing the America on the Move exhibit at the National Museum of American History? Check out Eat my dust: early women motorists before it speeds away. Learn about women’s history through personal stories of women from the United States, Britain, and Australia during the early days of motoring—think 1880s—until 1930s. By pursuing their love of cars, these women challenged societal norms and paved progress for women. An included “Essay on Sources” gives a wonderful source of its own for further readings about women and transportation.
Clarsen, Georgine. Eat my dust: early women motorists. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
—by Mary Jinglewski