On Middle Ground

A History of the Jews of Baltimore

Author: Eric L. Goldstein,Deborah R. Weiner

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421424533

Category: History

Page: 400

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In 1938, Gustav Brunn and his family fled Nazi Germany and settled in Baltimore. Brunn found a job at McCormick’s Spice Company but was fired after three days when, according to family legend, the manager discovered he was Jewish. He started his own successful business using a spice mill he brought over from Germany and developed a blend especially for the seafood purveyors across the street. Before long, his Old Bay spice blend would grace kitchen cabinets in virtually every home in Maryland. The Brunns sold the business in 1986. Four years later, Old Bay was again sold—to McCormick. In On Middle Ground, the first truly comprehensive history of Baltimore’s Jewish community, Eric L. Goldstein and Deborah R. Weiner describe not only the formal institutions of Jewish life but also the everyday experiences of families like the Brunns and of a diverse Jewish population that included immigrants and natives, factory workers and department store owners, traditionalists and reformers. The story of Baltimore Jews—full of absorbing characters and marked by dramas of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation—is the story of American Jews in microcosm. But its contours also reflect the city’s unique culture. Goldstein and Weiner argue that Baltimore’s distinctive setting as both a border city and an immigrant port offered opportunities for advancement that made it a magnet for successive waves of Jewish settlers. The authors detail how the city began to attract enterprising merchants during the American Revolution, when it thrived as one of the few ports remaining free of British blockade. They trace Baltimore’s meteoric rise as a commercial center, which drew Jewish newcomers who helped the upstart town surpass Philadelphia as the second-largest American city. They explore the important role of Jewish entrepreneurs as Baltimore became a commercial gateway to the South and later developed a thriving industrial scene. Readers learn how, in the twentieth century, the growth of suburbia and the redevelopment of downtown offered scope to civic leaders, business owners, and real estate developers. From symphony benefactor Joseph Meyerhoff to Governor Marvin Mandel and trailblazing state senator Rosalie Abrams, Jews joined the ranks of Baltimore’s most influential cultural, philanthropic, and political leaders while working on the grassroots level to reshape a metro area confronted with the challenges of modern urban life. Accessibly written and enriched by more than 130 illustrations, On Middle Ground reveals that local Jewish life was profoundly shaped by Baltimore’s "middleness"—its hybrid identity as a meeting point between North and South, a major industrial center with a legacy of slavery, and a large city with a small-town feel.

Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground

Maryland During the Nineteenth Century

Author: Barbara Jeanne Fields

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300040326

Category: History

Page: 268

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In this history, Fields shows how Maryland’s centrist moderation turned into centrist immoderation under the stress of the Civil War and argues that Reconstruction proved to be at least as difficult in Maryland as in the Confederacy.

On Middle Ground

Author: Sierra Rydell

Publisher: Silhouette

ISBN: 9780373097722

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

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Middle Ground

Author: Katie Kacvinsky

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547927800

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5620

In this provocative cautionary tale for teens, the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie’s rebellion against the digital-only life grows dangerous. Maddie is in Los Angeles, trying to stay out of trouble. But one night, a seemingly small act of defiance lands her in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, patients are reprogrammed to accept a digital existence. Maddie is now fighting for her mind, her soul, and her very life. Once again, Katie Kacvinsky paints a disturbing picture of our increasingly technology-based society. This ebook includes a sample chapter of Still Point.

No Middle Ground

Women and Radical Protest

Author: Kathleen M. Blee

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814712797

Category: Political Science

Page: 329

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In the first comprehensive study of election law since the Supreme Court decided Bush v. Gore, Richard L. Hasen rethinks the Court’s role in regulating elections. Drawing on the case files of the Warren, Burger, and Rehnquist courts, Hasen roots the Court’s intervention in political process cases to the landmark 1962 case, Baker v. Carr. The case opened the courts to a variety of election law disputes, to the point that the courts now control and direct major aspects of the American electoral process. The Supreme Court does have a crucial role to play in protecting a socially constructed “core” of political equality principles, contends Hasen, but it should leave contested questions of political equality to the political process itself. Under this standard, many of the Court’s most important election law cases from Baker to Bush have been wrongly decided.

Between God & Green

How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change

Author: Katharine K. Wilkinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199942854

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based efforts are emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care. Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God & Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement's reception within the broader evangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders view sea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists. Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism's size, dominance, cultural position, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.

On middle ground

novellas by Clark Blaise, Keath Fraser, Mavis Gallant, Malcolm Lowry, John Metcalf, Audrey Thomas, Ethel Wilson

Author: Clark Blaise,Douglas Daymond,Leslie Monkman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Canadian fiction (English) 20th century

Page: 439

View: 7420

The Power of the Middle Ground

A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship

Author: Marty Babits

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781591026624

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 263

View: 6987

Teaches mindful optimism, a function of being alive and responsive to real possibilities for positive change. This encouraging, yet realistic book will empower partners to negotiate differences, emphasize the positive, see issues from each others point of view, defuse anger and, as a result, rekindle warmth and love.

Ethical Reasoning in International Affairs

Arguments from the Middle Ground

Author: C. Navari

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113729096X

Category: Political Science

Page: 251

View: 9843

Arguing for a middle ground between idealism and realism, this book considers the most pressing ethical and moral issues in contemporary international politics, including intervention, human rights and aid, and sets about reasoning how to resolve them in politically realistic ways.

Understanding Shiite Leadership

The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon

Author: Shaul Mishal,Ori Goldberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107046386

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

View: 1191

This book presents Shiite leaderships as pragmatic entities with the potential to form fruitful relationships with the non-Shiite world.

The Middle Ground

Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650–1815

Author: Richard White

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139495682

Category: History

Page: N.A

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An acclaimed book and widely acknowledged classic, The Middle Ground steps outside the simple stories of Indian-white relations - stories of conquest and assimilation and stories of cultural persistence. It is, instead, about a search for accommodation and common meaning. It tells how Europeans and Indians met, regarding each other as alien, as other, as virtually nonhuman, and how between 1650 and 1815 they constructed a common, mutually comprehensible world in the region around the Great Lakes that the French called pays d'en haut. Here the older worlds of the Algonquians and of various Europeans overlapped, and their mixture created new systems of meaning and of exchange. Finally, the book tells of the breakdown of accommodation and common meanings and the re-creation of the Indians as alien and exotic. First published in 1991, the 20th anniversary edition includes a new preface by the author examining the impact and legacy of this study.

Making the Metropolitan Landscape

Standing Firm on Middle Ground

Author: Jacqueline Tatom,Jennifer Stauber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135232075

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

View: 8775

The American landscape is an extremely complex terrain born from a history of collective and individual experiences. These created environments, which all may be called metropolitan landscapes, constantly challenge students and professionals in the fields of architecture, design and planning to consider new ways of making lively public places. This book brings together varied voices in urban design theory and practice to explore new ways of understanding place and our position in it.

First Semester

Graduate Students, Teaching Writing, and the Challenge of Middle Ground

Author: Jessica Restaino

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809390906

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

View: 8175

Jessica Restaino offers a snapshot of the first semester experiences of graduate student writing teachers as they navigate predetermined course syllabi and materials, the pressures of grading, the influences of foundational scholarship, and their own classroom authority. With rich qualitative data gathered from course observations, interviews, and correspondence, Restaino traces four graduate students’ first experiences as teachers at a large, public university. Yet the circumstances and situations she relates will ring familiar at widely varying institutions. First Semester: Graduate Students, Teaching Writing, and the Challenge of Middle Ground presents a fresh and challenging theoretical approach to understanding and improving the preparation of graduate students for the writing classroom. Restaino uses a three-part theoretical construct—labor, action, and work, as defined in Hannah Arendt’s work of political philosophy, The Human Condition—as a lens for reading graduate students’ struggles to balance their new responsibilities as teachers with their concurrent roles as students. Arendt’s concepts serve as access points for analysis, raising important questions about graduate student writing teachers’ first classrooms and uncovering opportunities for improved support and preparation by university writing programs.

The Middle Ground

Author: Zoe Whittall

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 1554692881

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Missy Turner is a very ordinary woman living in a small town and enjoying family life with her loving husband and child, until the day when her entire life is turned upside down and she begins to question certainties that she has lived with her whole life.

Middle Ground

Author: Rosalind McLymont

Publisher: Beckham Publications

ISBN: 0931761174

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

View: 9848

In Search of Middle Ground

Memoirs of a Washington Insider

Author: Warren I. Cikins

Publisher: Devora Publishing

ISBN: 9781932687460

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 324

View: 402

In 50 years in the Washington politics, Warren Cikins has helped draft legislation dealing with integration and affirmative action. He also was in the forefront of the conflict to revamp the US penal system, among other causes.

On the Mid-ground

Author: Hanru Hou,Hsiao-hwei Yu

Publisher: Timezone 8 Limited

ISBN: 9789628638826

Category: Art

Page: 281

View: 7405

Hou Hanru is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and innovative curators and critics on the contemporary art scene today. Known for such ground-breaking exhibitions as Cities on the Move(co-curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist), Out of the Center, Parisien(ne)sand the Kwangju Biennial in Korea, his work addresses questions of globalization and identity, understanding contemporary art practice as it exists beyond geographical and regional boundaries. This dense, excellent collection of his writings and interviews is divided into four sections: "From China to the International," " From 'Exile' to the Global," "Global Cities and Art," and "Interviews, Dialogues, Conversations."

The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Finding the Middle Ground

Author: Michael G Breen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351581740

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Nations built on exclusion and assimilation, decades of civil war, widespread poverty, authoritarianism and the decline of democracy. Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are travelling a road to federalism. Institutions and ethnic identity have interacted to privilege some and marginalise others. But when the right conditions prevail, political equality can be restored. This book charts the origins and evolution of federalism and other approaches to the accommodation of minority ethnic groups in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It applies a historical institutionalism methodology to understand why federalism has been resisted, what causes it to be established and what design options are most likely to balance otherwise competing centripetal and centrifugal forces. Breen shows how Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are finding a middle ground whereby deliberative and moderating institutions are combined with accommodating ones to support a political equality among groups and individuals.

No Middle Ground

How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures

Author: Seth Masket

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472116898

Category: Political Science

Page: 227

View: 4653

“This is a fascinating book. It is one of the best studies of the ways that parties and politics get conducted in any American state. Masket shows that legislators can be perfectly content without parties that control agendas and does a terrific job of explaining the transition from free-wheeling legislators to rigidly partisan voting blocs.” —Sam Popkin, University of California at San Diego “No Middle Ground makes a significant contribution to the study of American parties and legislative politics.” —Matthew Green, Catholic University of America Despite concerns about the debilitating effects of partisanship on democratic government, in recent years political parties have gained strength in state governments as well as in Washington. In many cases these parties function as machines. Unlike machines of the past that manipulated votes, however, today’s machines determine which candidates can credibly compete in a primary. Focusing on the history and politics of California, Seth E. Masket reveals how these machines evolved and how they stay in power by directing money, endorsements, and expertise to favored candidates, who often tend toward the ideological extreme. In a provocative conclusion, Masket argues that politicians are not inherently partisan. Instead, partisanship is thrust upon them by actors outside the government with the power to manipulate primary elections.