Carla Blank

Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000

"'Rediscovering America' boldly embraces the big, messy, complicated world of the past century in a multicultural United States. Instead of offering a monocultural, hierarchical perspective (a sure way to render information obsolete in the twenty-first century), 'Rediscovering America' addresses the need to give evenhanded recognition to the many differences in American experinces and viewpoints from year to year across time. It broadens the usual conceptions of American culture by consistently reflecting our country's multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial diversity. The book address how we all play a part in creating our culture, helping us understand the vagaries as well as the achievements of our past, the complex nature of the present, and the immeasurable possibilitities of the future.
"Innovation--across subcultures and disciplines--is at the heart of the twentieth century American experience. It is therefore the main critieria for the entries in this book...."
(from the Introduction, page xiii)

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Social Science, Biography, Art History
"Women" and "Architecture" were once mutually exclusive. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, "it is hardly safe to assert" that a connection even exists between the two words. Mother Joseph du Sacré-Coeur, a Sister of Providence born Esther Pariseau, in St. Elzéar, Quebec, is credited with works built in the present states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, northern Oregon, and in the province of British Columbia. For her contributions, Mother Joseph was honored by the State of Washington as one of two people to represent it in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C. Louise Blanchard Bethune designed and built works in Buffalo and adjoining Western New York areas. She was the first American woman to open her own architecture office (1881), the first woman recognized by her peers, when she was elected to membership in the professional organization, the Western Association of Architects (1885), and the first woman to become both a member and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1888, 1889). "Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel" follows the evolving histories of two Revival-styled multi-use public buildings considered to be these women’s major works. Listed on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places, they have both continued to function, with extensive additions and other changes made to each architect’s original structure, for the communities where their architects lived. These two women were among thirty-some North American women whose studies or work as architects began before the turn of the twentieth century. Published by Baraka Books, a Quebec-based English-language book publisher specialized in creative and political non-fiction, history and historical fiction, and fiction, the book addresses issues of lost or hidden North American history.
Short fiction anthology
Edited with Ishmael Reed, this survey of American fiction (Da Capo Press, 2009) is a companion volume to "From Totems to Hip-Hop:A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry across the Americas, 1900-2002 (Thunder's Mouth Books, 2003)
20th Century History/Reference
Timeline format, paper, 479 pages, over 100 black & white photographs, index (ISBN#: 0-609-80784-6)
Anthology of Performing Arts Techniques and Styles. Grades 4 and up.
Coauthored with Jody Roberts, "Live On Stage!" is available in teacher resource and student editions. The Teacher Resource Book is an anthology of methods for incorporating the performing arts into any classroom or community setting. Scripts, background information, and photos of kids "in action" are included. (253 pages: Pearson Learning Group Order #: DS31500; ISBN#: 1-57232-209-8)The Student Edition provides activities and projects for researching performance genres--from fifteenth-century comedy to modern film, dance, and more. (260 pages. Pearson Learning Group Order#: DS31414; ISBN#: 1-57232-374-4)