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Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America

Jamie L. Pietruska

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226475004
eISBN:
9780226509150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226509150.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book is a history of forecasting in the United States from the 1860s to the 1920s that examines how methods of prediction and ideas about predictability changed as Americans reckoned with new ... More


Serpent‐Charmers, and Performers of Legerdemain Tricks, &c.

Edward William Lane and Jason Thompson

in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789774165603
eISBN:
9781617975516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.003.0020
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter opens with derwishes who made a living by charming snakes out of houses, and then moves on to the “Howah,” who performed tricks in the street for voluntary contributions—for example, ... More


The Exotic in the Suburbs of Beirut: “It Is Written”

in An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226434766
eISBN:
9780226434759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

In 1969, the author obtained a two-year research grant from the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut to do fieldwork in two suburbs of Beirut. His interest in the ... More


Promises of Love and Money

Jamie L. Pietruska

in Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226475004
eISBN:
9780226509150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226509150.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the policing and prosecution of urban fortune-tellers, primarily in New York, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, analyzing the entwined histories of ... More


Black (Women’s) Fortunes and The Curse of Caste

Eric Gardner

in Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780190237080
eISBN:
9780190237110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237080.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter studies Julia C. Collins’s The Curse of Caste, the (incomplete) serialized novel that ran in the Recorder between February 25, 1865, and September 23, 1865, and that was recovered and ... More


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