The new issue of the Gaines Junction has been released today on the jornals website at http://gainesjunction.tamu.edu/.
The Gaines Junction is the Online Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Journal of History named in honor of Matthew Gaines, one of the foremost African-American leaders in Texas during the second half of the 19th century.
Published by the Sigma Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta with the support the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and the Department of History at Texas A&M University, new issues of the Gaines Junction appear in the spring and fall of each year.
This issue represents a broad expansion of the Gaines Junction in both the amount of content and the reach of the journal itself. There are 8 articles, 4 special essays, and 4 book reviews. The articles examine photographs to understand the Japanese-American experience between the two World Wars, compare the political changes in the early 20th century in Russia and Great Britain, analyze the history and impact of the Powell Doctrine, and discuss the history of coffee. They take a psychological approach in viewing the Hitler Youth, analyze the reasons for Spanish aid in the American Revolution and the historiography on that era, examine the origins and experience of indentured servants in the colonial mid-Atlantic, and tell the story of Senator Reed Smoot, polygamy, and the separation of church and state.
The special essays discuss how the debate over woman suffrage parallels that of the role of women in the home, analyze two interpretations of Pan-Africanism, puts two works of the philosopher Desiderius Erasmus in historical and rhetorical context, and examines the religious undertones in the 17th century cookbook The Closet Opened. There are reviews of Edmund S. Morganís American Slavery, American Freedom, Richard Collierís The Bridge Across the Sky, Erik Larsonís The Devil in the White City, and Leland V. Bellís In Hitlerís Shadow. This expansion would not have been achieved without the assistance of the many History Departments and Professors who passed our recent call for papers along to their undergraduates. The Editorial Board would like to thank them, and all those who submitted work, for their help in improving our journal.
Brandon W Duke
Gaines Junction: Undergraduate Journal of History
309A Glasscock Building
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4214
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