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New Book Publications

Cornell University Press has released a new book In Freedom on the Offensive by William Michael Schmidli. He is a U.S. foreign relations historian, and his research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational advocacy networks from the Cold War to the present.

In Freedom on the Offensive, William Michael Schmidli illuminates how the Reagan administration’s embrace of democracy promotion was a defining development in US foreign relations in the late twentieth century

For more information: Freedom on the Offensive by William Michael Schmidli | Hardcover | Cornell University Press

UNC Press is pleased to announce the publication of Escape to the City: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum Urban South by Viola Franziska Müller. Müller is a social historian at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Viola Franziska Müller examines runaways who camouflaged themselves among the free Black populations in Baltimore, Charleston, New Orleans, and Richmond. In the urban South, they found shelter, work, and other survival networks that enabled them to live in slaveholding territory, shielded and supported by their host communities in an act of collective resistance to slavery.

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