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Peiss, Kathy Lee

Works: 42 works in 156 publications in 1 language and 8,424 library holdings
Genres: History  Creative nonfiction  Personal correspondence  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Other
Classifications: TT957, 391.630973
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Most widely held works by Kathy Lee Peiss
Hope in a jar : the making of America's beauty culture by Kathy Lee Peiss( Book )

31 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 2,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the use of cosmetics by women, describing the way their motivations have changed over history and how the concept of beauty has been redefined
Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz( )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines a remarkable collection of twenty-seven letters written by a white working-class woman to her African American lover in 1907 and 1908. Stuffed inside a black lace stocking, the letters were hidden under the floorboards of a house in Northampton, Massachusetts, until their recent discovery. Reflecting the passions and anxieties of the moment, the letters were written by Alice Hanley, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants, to Channing Lewis, a cook in Springfield. Since the thoughts and feelings of women like Hanley have usually been filtered through middle-class reformers, her words provide a rare window into a realm of American social life seldom explored by historians. The letters are accompanied by essays that skillfully probe their larger meanings. Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz introduces the letters, placing them in the context of their time, while journalist Phoebe Rolin Mitchell recounts the story of their discovery. Kathy Peiss explores Hanley's life, her negotiation of illicit love, and her desire for respectability, re-creating a dense and textured world of home, church, and town. Historian Louis Wilson unearths the trail left by Lewis and members of his extended family in Springfield. Reviewing the experiences of African Americans in that city, Wilson clarifies the economic, social, and political position of a black, middle-aged breadwinner during the difficult years of the early twentieth century
Zoot suit : the enigmatic career of an extreme style by Kathy Lee Peiss( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before the fashion statements of hippies, punks, or hip-hop, there was the zoot suit, a striking urban look of the World War II era that captivated the imagination. Created by poor African American men and obscure tailors, the "drape shape" was embraced by Mexican American pachucos, working-class youth, entertainers, and swing dancers, yet condemned by the U.S. government as wasteful and unpatriotic in a time of war. The fashion became notorious when it appeared to trigger violence and disorder in Los Angeles in 1943--events forever known as the "zoot suit riot." In its wake, social scientists, psychiatrists, journalists, and politicians all tried to explain the riddle of the zoot suit, transforming it into a multifaceted symbol: to some, a sign of social deviance and psychological disturbance, to others, a gesture of resistance against racial prejudice and discrimination. As controversy swirled at home, young men in other places--French zazous, South African tsotsi, Trinidadian saga boys, and Russian stiliagi--made the American zoot suit their own. In Zoot Suit, historian Kathy Peiss explores this extreme fashion and its mysterious career during World War II and after, as it spread from Harlem across the United States and around the world. She traces the unfolding history of this style and its importance to the youth who adopted it as their uniform, and at the same time considers the way public figures, experts, political activists, and historians have interpreted it. This outré style was a turning point in the way we understand the meaning of clothing as an expression of social conditions and power relations. Zoot Suit offers a new perspective on youth culture and the politics of style, tracing the seam between fashion and social action
Cheap amusements : working women and leisure in turn-of-the-century New York by Kathy Lee Peiss( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What did young, independent women do for fun and how did they pay their way into New York City's turn-of-the-century pleasure places? [This book] is a fascinating discussion of young working women whose meager wages often fell short of bare subsistence and rarely allowed for entertainment expenses ... [The author] follows working women into saloons, dance halls, Coney Island amusement parks, social clubs, and nickelodeons to explore the culture of these young women between 1880 and 1920 as expressed in leisure activities. By examining the rituals and styles they adopted and placing that culture in the larger context of urban working-class life, she offers us a complex picture of the dynamics shaping a working woman's experience and consciousness at the turn-of-the-century. Not only does her analysis lead us to new insights into working-class culture, changing social relations between single men and women, and urban courtship, but it also gives us a fuller understanding of the cultural transformations that gave rise to the commercialization of leisure.-Introd
Information hunters : when librarians, soldiers, and spies banded together in World War II Europe by Kathy Lee Peiss( Book )

14 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Information Hunters examines the unprecedented American effort to acquire foreign publications and information in World War II Europe. An unlikely band of librarians, scholars, soldiers, and spies went to Europe to collect books and documents to aid the Allies' cause. They travelled to neutral cities to find enemy publications for intelligence analysis and followed advancing armies to capture records in a massive program of confiscation. After the war, they seized Nazi works from bookstores and schools and gathered together countless looted Jewish books. Improvising library techniques in wartime conditions, they contributed to Allied intelligence, preserved endangered books, engaged in restitution, and participated in the denazification of book collections. Information Hunters explores what collecting meant to the men and women who embarked on these missions, and how the challenges of a total war led to an intense focus on books and documents. It uncovers the worlds of collecting, in spy-ridden Stockholm and Lisbon, in liberated Paris and devastated Berlin, and in German caves and mineshafts. The wartime collecting missions had lasting effects. They intensified the relationship between libraries and academic institutions, on the one hand, and the government and military, on the other. Book and document acquisition became part of the apparatus of national security, military planning, and postwar reconstruction. These efforts also spurred the development of information science and boosted research libraries' ambitions to be great national repositories for research and the dissemination of knowledge that would support American global leadership, politically and intellectually."--
Passion and power : sexuality in history by Kathy Lee Peiss( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verzameling artikelen waarin de ideeën, conflicten en ervaringen die voprtkomen uit seksuele identiteiten worden onderzocht. Ervan uitgaand dat seksualiteit geen onveranderlijk biologisch gegeven of een universele naturrkracht is, maar geïntegreerd is in de geschiedenis van de menselijk ervaringen, behandelen de diverse auteurs aids, homoseksualiteit, geslachtsziekte, pornografie en seksueel geweld. - De relevante artikelen zijn afzonderlijk ontsloten
Major problems in the history of American sexuality : documents and essays( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men and women : a history of costume, gender, and power by Barbara Clark Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lest they perish" : the Armenian genocide and the making of modern humanitarian media in the U.S., 1915-1925 by Jaffa L Panken( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between celebrity spokesmen and late night informercials, international humanitarian aid organizations use multiple media strategies to generate public interest in their programs. Though this humanitarian media has seemingly proliferated in the past thirty years, these publicity campaigns are no recent phenomenon but one that emerged from the World War I era. "Lest They Perish" is a case study of the modernization of international humanitarian media in the U.S. during and after the Armenian genocide from 1915 to 1925. This study concerns the Near East Relief, an international humanitarian organization that raised and contributed over $100,000,000 in aid to the Armenians during these years of violence. As war raged throughout Europe and Western Asia, American governmental propagandists kept the public invested in the action overseas. Private philanthropies were using similar techniques aimed at enveloping prospective donors in "whirlwind campaigns" to raise funds. The Near East Relief was among the earliest philanthropic organizations to undertake these publicity blitzes. After Armistice, the NER established relief operations that dispensed humanitarian services in cities throughout Asia Minor. It is in this latter period that the media appeal for humanitarian aid for witnessing publics solidified into a consumer-centered model of advertising. From the NER's earliest fundraisers, images were crucial tools that bridged the distance between the spectators-the prospective donors--and the sufferers. Images of starving children were used to power philanthropic giving. Rather than focus on the reception of these images, the project is concerned with the production of this media and vehicles for its message. This perspective reveals considerable overlap between advocacy campaigns and the actual relief work. The dissertation finally reflects on the emerging role of private enterprise in sponsoring humanitarian relief. By this point, the rise of public relations had turned donors into consumers and Armenians into their objects of pity
"In the age of freedom, in the name of justice" : slaves, slaveholders, and the state in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic, 1857-1933 by Ceyda Karamürsel( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation concerns itself with the practice of slavery in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic in the second half of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries. It places slavery at the intersection of the new liberal political order that began to form in the mid-1850s, the expulsion of the Caucasian peoples and their subsequent transplantation in the Ottoman Empire, and the international anti-slavery law that was taking shape simultaneously. It examines the social and legal (trans)formations at this particular juncture, traces the legal making and perpetuation of "Circassianness" as an "enslavable" ethnic category, and consequently argues that slavery bore a key significance in defining what citizenship came to mean in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. Ottoman slavery comprised both male and female slaves, employed respectively for agricultural work in rural areas and for domestic and sexual services in the large urban centers of the empire. Their social destinies were markedly different from each other throughout the long course of the practice, but especially so in the "age of freedom," which was laden, above all, with the Ottoman state's promise of equality before the law. Male slaves demanded their "equality" in conspicuous ways by bringing lawsuits against their owners or through occasional armed resistance. Female slaves, on the other hand, whose flow towards the elite households of Istanbul did not cease at least until the second decade of the twentieth century, developed other forms of relationships both with their owners and slavery as a practice. Clinging on to the slave trade and at times wielding it as a weapon, they continued building extensive patronage networks across the empire, although their political participation became marginalized within an increasingly gendered political community, as the nineteenth century drew near its end. Based on slave petitions, slaveholding elites' correspondences, police interrogations, legal records, and parliamentary minutes, this dissertation probes the entangled histories of slave emancipation and citizenship in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. Without dismissing its distinctive features, such as the multiple legal systems that governed it or the lack of its abolition, my aim is to place the Ottoman practice of slavery in its larger political context, not only within the Ottoman Empire but also the entire globe, and dismantle the categories of Islam and nationalism, which respectively essentializes Ottoman slavery and overcodes citizenship, along the way
Information hunters : when librarians, soldiers, and spies banded together in World War II Europe by Kathy Lee Peiss( Recording )

6 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While armies have seized enemy records and rare texts as booty throughout history, it was only during World War II that an unlikely band of librarians, archivists, and scholars traveled abroad to collect books and documents to aid the military cause. Galvanized by the events of war into acquiring and preserving the written word, as well as providing critical information for intelligence purposes, these American civilians set off on missions to gather foreign publications and information across Europe. They journeyed to neutral cities in search of enemy texts, followed a step behind advancing armies to capture records, and seized Nazi works from bookstores and schools. When the war ended, they found looted collections hidden in cellars and caves. Their mission was to document, exploit, preserve, and restitute these works, and even, in the case of Nazi literature, to destroy them. In this fascinating account, cultural historian Kathy Peiss reveals how book and document collecting became part of the new apparatus of intelligence and national security, military planning, and postwar reconstruction. Focusing on the ordinary Americans who carried out these missions, she shows how they made decisions on the ground to acquire sources that would be useful in the war zone as well as on the home front. These collecting missions also boosted the postwar ambitions of American research libraries, offering a chance for them to become great international repositories of scientific reports, literature, and historical sources. Not only did their wartime work have lasting implications for academic institutions, foreign-policy making, and national security, it also led to the development of today's essential information science tools. Illuminating the growing global power of the United States in the realms of intelligence and cultural heritage, Peiss tells the story of the men and women who went to Europe to collect and protect books and information and in doing so enriches the debates over the use of data in times of both war and peace
Meet Miss Subways : New York's beauty queens 1941-1976( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For thirty-five years, New York City subways and buses featured posters with the pretty face and brief biography of local career girls--winners in the Miss Subways contest. Who were these women? A fine art photographer and a journalist tracked down over 146 posters and met 41 Miss Subways in person, interviewing them about their lives since the contest and photographing them at home. The result is a lost archive of a New York City phenomenon and a celebration of the lives of regular women told in their own words and through personal memorabilia"--Jacket
Cheap amusements : working women and leisure in New York City, 1880 to 1920 by Kathy Lee Peiss( Book )

2 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men and women : a history of costume, gender, and power by Barbara Clark Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brand new you( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What do popular television makeover programs like What Not to Wear, The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and The Swan tell us about how to look and feel? What do they tell us about what a good life looks like in contemporary America? This new film based on Katherine Sender's book The Makeover explores these questions against the backdrop of American ideals of self-invention and upward mobility. Asking what it means to be an authentic self in an increasingly mediated world -- to be both ordinary and special, to be happy with who we are while always wanting something better --Brand New You shows how the interventions featured in makeover shows, from weight loss to cosmetic surgery, reproduce conventional norms of physical attractiveness and success. Taking a wider social and cultural view, it also shows how these programs have become models of self-transformation at precisely the same time jobs have become harder to find and keep, and women and men have been forced to remake themselves to compete in a rapidly changing labor marketplace."
Zoot Suit : The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style by Kathy Lee Peiss( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hope in a Jar : The Making of America's Beauty Culture by Kathy Lee Peiss( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men and Women : a History of Costume, Gender and Power : an exhibition at the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution by Barbara Clark Smith( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cheap amusements : gender relations and the use of leisure time in New York City, 1880 to 1920 by Kathy Lee Peiss( )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A good place to make money : business, labor, and civil rights in twentieth-century Charlotte, North Carolina by Julia Gunn( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Carolina, long regarded as among the most politically progressive states in the American South, has also maintained the lowest union membership rate in the nation. This dissertation attempts to explain this paradox by examining civil rights, labor, and the politics of economic development in Charlotte--a city that would eventually become the nation's second largest banking center after New York. In recent years, civil rights scholarship has focused increased attention on the movement's emphasis on economic justice. At the same time, labor and business historians have become interested in the role of business interest groups in undermining organized labor and the New Deal order. This dissertation bridges these two often-divergent bodies of scholarship by looking at public employee unionism, the politics of racial moderation, and the development of pro-business governance in the urban South. Public employees became the face of the American labor movement in the second half of the twentieth century, yet surprisingly little has been written on them--an oversight especially pronounced in literature on the Sunbelt. However, the fates of public and private sector workers were deeply intertwined and telling the story of one without the other leaves an incomplete narrative of post-World War II labor history. One only has to examine the primary opponents of public sector unions--businessmen and their organizations--to appreciate that even if public workers were not waging war against capitalism, capitalists were nonetheless waging war against the public sector. Drawing on labor union records, government documents, court cases, personal papers, newspapers and oral histories, this dissertation argues that the same politics of moderation that stymied civil rights activism in North Carolina became an indispensable tool for undermining and neutralizing organized labor and worker protest in Charlotte. Through the lens of public employee unions and the campaigns waged against them, this study traces the evolution of racially moderate, anti-union politics that have fundamentally reshaped the American political landscape
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Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis
Love across the color line : the letters of Alice Hanley to Channing LewisZoot suit : the enigmatic career of an extreme styleCheap amusements : working women and leisure in turn-of-the-century New YorkPassion and power : sexuality in historyMajor problems in the history of American sexuality : documents and essaysCheap amusements : working women and leisure in New York City, 1880 to 1920
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Kathy Peiss American historian (b. 1953)

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