SUSAN STRASSER

Susan Strasser is an award-winning historian and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.  She has been praised by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life.”  Her books include Never Done: A History of American Housework, Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market, and Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash.  She is Richards Professor Emerita of American History at the University of Delaware.

Her primary current project is A White Historian Reads Black History, a series of lectures for religious and community groups.  A Historical Herbal is her investigation of the history of medicinal plants in American culture.

 

RECENTLY PUBLISHED:

“Snake Oil Revisited: Household Medicine and the Condescension of Posterity” – from the Organization of American Historians blog Process: A Blog for American History, March 21, 2017

UPCOMING TALKS:

  • A WHITE HISTORIAN CONFRONTS LYNCHING
    • Monday April 3, 2017, 7-9 pm, Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, sponsored by Bethesda Friends Meeting
    • Wednesday April 5, 2017, 12:30 pm – Shepherd University Lifelong Learning, Shepherdstown, WV
    • Sunday April 23, 2017, 1:00 pm, Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles Street, Baltimore (with poet Marcia Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo:  Detail, staple cupboard of Mrs. Paul Minnich, Lancaster, PA,  August 1938. FSA photo by Sheldon Dick. Library of Congress

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