ACLS Humanities E-Book Announces 10 Top-Hit Titles


ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), the online collection curated by scholars, is pleased to present a list of the 10 top-hit titles for the second half of 2014. While most of the titles are perennial bestsellers, a first-time entry is David W. Blight's Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Two of the authors have held ACLS fellowships: Walter Johnson, a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow in 2001, and Clifford Geertz, an ACLS Fellow in 1950. (Geertz also delivered the 1999 Charles Homer Haskins Lecture.)

The list evidences a growing interest among readership in African studies, and a strong ongoing interest in race and racism, nationalism, and colonialism. For more information on the collection’s titles in these areas, see the HEB Race in America Pinterest board.

  1. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson (Verso, 2006)
  2. The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays by Clifford Geertz (Basic Books, 1973)
  3. Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood by Steven Mintz (Harvard UP, 2004)
  4. The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 by Christopher Ehret (UP of Virginia)
  5. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest by Anne McClintock (Routledge)
  6. Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson (Harvard UP, 1999)
  7. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins (New York UP, 2006)
  8. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae Ngai (Princeton UP, 2004)
  9. Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn by Karen McCarthy Brown (U of California P, 1991)
  10. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David W. Blight (Harvard UP, 2001)

The HEB collection now includes approximately 4,300 books of high quality in the humanities. To guarantee the scope and quality of this interdisciplinary collection, HEB collaborates with ACLS member societies and university presses to assist scholars in electronic publication, to explore the intellectual possibilities of new media, and to help assure the continued viability of scholarship in today’s changing publishing environment.

HEB is accessible through institutional and individual subscription. It is available to individuals through their membership in any of the 72 ACLS member societies for a low annual fee.

For more information, see the HEB website and the blog.