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Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons

Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons

Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons confronts the enduring claim that Civil War military prisons represented an apocalyptic and ahistorical rupture in America’s otherwise linear and progressive carceral history. Instead, it places the war years in the broader context of imprisonment in ...

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“The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known”

“The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known”

In “The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known,” Paul Taylor examines the Union League movement. Often portrayed as a mere footnote to the Civil War, the Union League’s influence on the Northern home front was far more important and consequential than previously ...

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The Insanity Defense and the Mad Murderess of Shaker Heights

The Insanity Defense and the Mad Murderess of Shaker Heights

They have no witnesses. They have no case. With this blunt observation, Mariann Colby—an attractive, church-going Shaker Heights, Ohio, mother and housewife—bet a defense psychiatrist that she would not be convicted of murder. A lack of witnesses was not the only ...

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Sudden Heaven

Sudden Heaven

Ruth Pitter (1897–1992) may not be widely known, but her credentials as a poet are extensive; in England from the mid-1930s to the mid-1970s she maintained a loyal readership. In total she produced 17 volumes of new and collected verse. ...

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Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie

Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie

In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright returned to their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, from North Carolina, where they had piloted their powered flying machine for several short flights. They wanted to continue their research closer to home and chose a ...

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Cadence

Cadence

Having children fundamentally disrupts and remakes us, in terms of body, identity, perspective, and voice. The world shrinks and exponentially expands. Our already-fraught human experience of time is shredded and magnified. Cadence captures the poet’s point of view as a new mother, ...

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KSUP wins IPPY awards