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Sharfstein, Daniel J.

Overview
Works: 7 works in 30 publications in 1 language and 2,754 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E184.A1, 979.5004974124
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Daniel J Sharfstein
Thunder in the Mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J Sharfstein( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Oliver Otis Howard thought he was a man of destiny. Chosen to lead the Freedmen's Bureau after the Civil War, the Union Army general was entrusted with the era's most crucial task: helping millions of former slaves claim the rights of citizens. He was energized by the belief that abolition and Reconstruction, the country's great struggles for liberty and equality, were God's plan for himself and the nation. To honor his righteous commitment to a new American freedom, Howard University was named for him. But as the nation's politics curdled in the 1870s, General Howard exiled himself from Washington, D.C., rejoined the army, and was sent across the continent to command forces in the Pacific Northwest. Shattered by Reconstruction's collapse, he assumed a new mission: forcing Native Americans to become Christian farmers on government reservations. Howard's plans for redemption in the West ran headlong into the resistance of Chief Joseph, a young Nez Perce leader in northeastern Oregon who refused to leave his ancestral land. Claiming equal rights for Native Americans, Joseph was determined to find his way to the center of American power and convince the government to acknowledge his people's humanity and capacity for citizenship. Although his words echoed the very ideas about liberty and equality that Howard had championed during Reconstruction, in the summer of 1877 the general and his troops ruthlessly pursued hundreds of Nez Perce families through the stark and unforgiving Northern Rockies. An odyssey and a tragedy, their devastating war transfixed the nation and immortalized Chief Joseph as a hero to generations of Americans. Re-creating the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors, Daniel J. Sharfstein's visionary history of the West casts Howard's turn away from civil rights alongside the nation's rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people. The war that Howard and Joseph fought is one that Americans continue to fight today."--Jacket
The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white by Daniel J Sharfstein( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a multigenerational saga of three American families crossing the racial divide. In America, race is a riddle. The stories we tell about our past have calcified into the fiction that we are neatly divided into black or white. It is only with the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research that the frequency with which individuals and entire families crossed the color line has become clear. In this history, the author unravels the stories of three extraordinary families from different eras of American history to represent the complexity of race in America and to force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. The Gibsons were wealthy landowners in the South Carolina backcountry who became white in the 1760s, ascending to the heights of the Southern elite and, ultimately, to the United States Senate. The Spencers were hardscrabble farmers in the hills of eastern Kentucky, joining an isolated Appalachian community in the 1840s and for the better part of a century hovering on the line between white and black. The Walls were fixtures of the rising black middle class in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., only to give up everything they had fought for to become white at the dawn of the twentieth century. Together, their interwoven and intersecting stories uncover a forgotten America in which the rules of race were something to be believed, but not necessarily obeyed. Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, the families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved, how the very meaning of black and white changed over time. This work cuts through centuries of myth and amnesia and poisonous racial politics and change how we talk about race, racism, and civil rights
The invisible line : a secret history of race in America by Daniel J Sharfstein( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the nation's most accomplished historians unravels the stories of three extraordinary families from different eras in American history to represent the complexity of race in America, and to force readers to rethink assumptions about race, racism, and civil rights
Thunder in the mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver, Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J Sharfstein( Recording )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Otis Howard thought he was a man of destiny. Chosen to lead the Freedmen's Bureau after the Civil War, the Union Army general was entrusted with the era's most crucial task: helping millions of former slaves claim the rights of citizens. He was energized by the belief that abolition and Reconstruction, the country's great struggles for liberty and equality, were God's plan for himself and the nation
The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from Black to white by Daniel J Sharfstein( Recording )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, three American families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved--how the definitions of black and white changed over time
The secret history of race in the United States by Daniel J Sharfstein( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human rights beyond the war on terrorism : extradition defenses based on prison conditions in the United States by Daniel J Sharfstein( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white
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The invisible line : a secret history of race in America
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English (30)