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Damon Boria

This article attempts a full appreciation of interdependence in Sartre's thinking about practical freedom. The result is an account that opens Sartre's thinking on practical freedom to more than just the empowerment of individuals and groups. Ultimately, this means privileging, perhaps paradoxically, a vision of practical freedom that is greater by being more limited. The trajectory for this attempt is Sartre's 1971 diagnosis of America as “full of myths,” which provokes a critical examination of a vision of freedom in independence. The attempt is then fleshed out through encounters with notions that linger at the fringes of Sartre's thought, namely, happiness, progress, equality and the possibility of everything.

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Because Antelope Can't Talk

Natural Agency and Social Politics in American Environmental History

John Herron

This essay examines the origins and development of American environmental history. Emerging from the political contests of the 1960s, environmental history attempts to add a natural dimension to more traditional social and political histories. For many observers, nature remains the picturesque backdrop to human a airs, yet environmental historians endeavor to show how the non-human world influences American life. With special attention paid to the question of natural agency, this essay investigates how debates over the ability of nature to "act" impacts both the direction and acceptance of their field.

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American Quarantine

The Right to Housing in a Pandemic

Bonnie Honig


In the US, quarantine requires we stay home, but many do not have homes to stay in or may lose theirs due to job or wage loss. For this reason, moratoria have been put on evictions. At the same time, after the latest police killings, and during ensuing protests against racist policing in June 2020, some were arrested for curfew violations, many pulled off the streets but others out of their homes or off their stoops. A real right to housing addresses both homelessness and uncurbed police powers that round up and break in. To address current emergencies and correct larger wrongs of American life, a rent jubilee would better protect tenants than a moratorium. It could be construed as a “taking,” allowed by the 5th Amendment, compensating landlords for their properties’ being taken to serve a “public use.” Popular takings, too, are rising up on behalf of a right to housing that goes beyond rent moratoria for some and the provision of low-grade “public housing” for others.

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A Journey to Australia

Travel, Media, and the Politics of Representation

Helen Bones

opposed to a realistic depiction of American life. Through the lens of Australian travelers’ reactions to the reality versus the projected image, we can learn much about this crucial point in history when Australians were considering their place in the

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“Till I Have Done All That I Can”

An Auxiliary Nurse’s Memories of World War I

Michelle Moravec

. The scrapbooks therefore are best viewed as an accumulation of layers of remembering. 26 As the editors of The Scrapbook in American Life remark in their introduction, scrapbooks involve a doubling of memory, representing both the “memory of the

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Nadia Malinovich

critical role in enabling them to transition with relative ease from the Ottoman, Middle Eastern, and North African societies in which they were born into contemporary American life. Having arrived in the United States, where French speakers were far and

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Discipline and Publish?

Transfers as Interdisciplinary Site

Cotten Seiler

to an X-ray of the medical, racial, economic, and political structures that undergird American life, revealing their fractured condition. 3 But we should have seen it coming: the US state has for decades shrugged off its role as the supplier of

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Lise Tannahill, Eliza Bourque Dandridge, and Rachel Mizsei Ward

-hop ‘present’ to create multiple and contradictory visions of African American life (118). Readers looking for commentary on the current uptick in the number of Black superheroes can handily consult the volume’s third section. Consuela Francis dives into the

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Eirini Kasioumi, Anna Plyushteva, Talya Zemach-Bersin, Kathleen F. Oswald, Molly Sauter, Alexandra Ganser, Mustafa Ahmed Khan, Natasha Raheja, Harry Oosterhuis, and Benjamin Fraser

Margaret Guroff, The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016), 295 pp., 10 black-and-white photographs, 5 black-and-white illustrations, $17.95 (paperback) Melody L. Hoffmann, Bike Lanes Are

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Fearful Intimacies

COVID-19 and the Reshaping of Human–Microbial Relations

Carmen McLeod, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw, and Brigitte Nerlich

’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 52 , no. 1 : 17 – 50 , doi: 10.1093/jhmas/52.1.17 . 10.1093/jhmas/52.1.17 Tomes , N. ( 1999 ), The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life ( Boston : Harvard