The Colgate Scene
November 2007

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Julie M. Fenster '79
(Palgrave Macmillan)

In early 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a personal crossroads. Often despondent, he had grown bored with his work as a lawyer and was beginning to see himself as just a former Congressman without much of a future in politics.

Later that year, as the gruesome murder case of George Anderson, a Springfield blacksmith, unfolded, Lincoln's legal and political career began to pick up speed. The string of lurid revelations that followed the crime became front-page news across the country, as Lincoln rose in the national spotlight. The Anderson case reflected the spirit of the times: an inescapable dark world, hidden within the optimism and innocence of a young nation. With this case, Lincoln's legal skills as a defender were challenged as never before and he was able to prove himself as a man with a great destiny.

A publicist who specializes in nonfiction writers, Scott Manning '79 teamed up with Fenster to represent this latest book in her repertoire.

Elizabeth A. De Wolfe '83
(Kent State University Press)

When the winter ice melted in April 1850, residents of Saco, Maine, discovered the body of a young girl submerged in a stream. Evidence left at the scene led to the arrest of a local physician for the death of Mary Bean, the name given to the unidentified girl; the cause of death was failed abortion.

In addition to the sensationalist murder accounts, Elizabeth A. De Wolfe looks at these events through a wide-angle lens, exploring such themes as the rapid social changes brought about by urbanization and industrialization in antebellum 19th-century society and the changing roles for women. She posits that the real threat to women in the 19th century was a society that had ambiguous feelings about the role of women in the economic system, in education, and as independent citizens.

Steve Fetsch '91
(Ohio University Press)

Ora Anderson, now 93, was a journalist living in southeastern Ohio during the Great Depression. In this oral history, he recalls the environmental and social conditions that led to the establishment of the Wayne National Forest and our evolving relationship with the land. Accompanied by historical photographs and emotionally evocative music by Bruce Dalzell, Anderson's firsthand account gives life to a significant chapter of American history with clarity, hope, and a uniquely Appalachian perspective.

Producers Jean Andrews and Steve Fetsch have presented this 30-minute video at festivals and academic conferences across the United States and Europe.
Kathleen S. Sullivan '91
(Johns Hopkins University Press)

Kathleen S. Sullivan presents a new perspective on the approach of the 19th-century women's rights movement by providing a comprehensive understanding and interpretation of constitutional law. In revisiting the era's congressional debates, state legislation, judicial opinions, news accounts, and work of political activists, Sullivan finds that the argument for universal, abstract rights was not the only, or best, path available for social change. Rather than erecting a new paradigm of absolute rights, she argues, women's rights activists unwittingly undermined common law's ability to redress grievances, contributing heavily to the social, cultural, and political stagnation that characterizes the place of women and the movement today.

Antonio Delgado '99
(Statik Entertainment)

This debut hip-hop album by Antonio Delgado (AD the Voice) is an expression of social and political commentary on such topics as the Iraq War, the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and African American history. Delgado, who is cofounder of Statik Entertainment with Tom Kim '97, delivers his message of empowerment in hopes of inspiring social change.

Listen to a Colgate Conversations interview with Delgado at www.colgate.edu/podcasts.
Jordan E. Kerber, Ed.
(Syracuse University Press)

This volume offers a compilation of 24 articles covering a wide spectrum of topics in Iroquoian archaeology. Culled from leading publications, these essays collectively represent the current state of knowledge and research in the field. Along with seminal essays by major figures in regional archaeology, the book includes responses by Haudenosaunee writers to the political context of contemporary archaeological work.

Kerber is associate professor of sociology and anthropology and Native American studies.
Judith H. Oliver
(Brepols Publishers)

A prized possession of the Cistercian convent of Marienbrunn in northern Germany was its richly illuminated gradual, which is of great significance in the history of medieval art. With 52 historiated initials iconographically complex in their literary quotations from the liturgy, the manuscript is one of the most lavishly decorated books of its type to survive. Painted in an elegant, courtly Gothic style, it is ascribed in a prefatory inscription to the nun Gisela von Kerssenbrock, who wrote, notated, and decorated the manuscript. The high quality ranks her among the most gifted female artists of the Middle Ages.
This book is a witness of the communal religious life of medieval women, exploring the imagery and texts associated with major feasts of the liturgical year and the novel ways in which music and text are woven into the artistic program of Gisela's manuscript.

Oliver is professor of art and art history and medieval and Renaissance studies.
Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
Unlearning to Fly — Jennifer Brice (English)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter — Kim Edwards '81
Secrets of a Fire King — Kim Edwards '81
Heaven — Roger Ferlo '73
Celebrity in Antiquity — Robert Garland (classics)
Syndromes of Corruption — Michael Johnston (political science)
Evil Paradises — Dan Monk (peace and conflict studies/art and art history)
Amy and Isabelle — Elizabeth Strout (visiting faculty in English)
On the Real Side — Mel Watkins '62 (English)
In An Instant — Bob '83 and Lee '82 Woodruff
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