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In “Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics,” Waller and her writers relied heavily on this comprehensive history of the battle over the ERA and the still-raging culture war it ignited. Spruill, a historian and professor at the University of South Carolina, provides a detailed account of the 1977 Women’s Convention — a pivotal but overlooked event in the women’s movement that’s the focus of a standout episode later in the series. Spruill “did a really impressive job on the political history,” Waller says, “and really giving context to how the battle between the ‘pros’ and the ‘antis’ fit within a larger political history and landscape.”

Highways, like the railroad, can either make or break a community. In the case of Risings, today’s Rising City, the railroad literally created it while the highway, which made it easier to trade in the larger city of David City, also was a great contributor to its waning.

Books matter more than ever these days, don't they? Here are six new paperbacks to help pass the hours; if going out isn't an option and you want to support small businesses, call or email your neighborhood bookstore and ask if they can send or deliver one of these - or any book - to your door. "K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches" by Tyler Kepner (Knopf, $16.95). If you're missing ...

Although the exact date of her birth is unknown, historians agree that her story begins in Dorchester County, Maryland, around 1820-1822. Her parents, Ben Ross and Harriet Green, named her Araminta.

MINNEAPOLIS - Toward the end of Louise Erdrich's new novel, a character named Thomas Wazhashk heads to Washington, D.C., to testify against a bill. If it passes, its policies would eliminate all federal services to Indians, move families off their reservations and almost certainly destroy the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. And yet before heading home, Thomas stops at the office of the ...

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