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.

She has two current projects, and is available to lecture about both.  A White Historian Reads Black History is a series of talks for community and religious groups.  Snake Oil Revisited is her investigation of the history of medicinal plants in American culture.

 

RECENTLY PUBLISHED:

“What’s in Your Microwave Oven” — Opinion page, New York Times, April 15, 2017

“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

NOW ON YOUTUBE:

UPCOMING TALKS:

  • A WHITE HISTORIAN EXPLORES VOTING RIGHTS
    • Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, Takoma Park, MD, October 11, 2017
    • Home of Judy Byron & Rick Reinhard, Washington, DC, October 8 or 15, 2017
    • Shepherd University Lifelong Learning, Shepherdstown, WV, October 18, 2017
    • Friends Meeting of Washington, DC, October 22, 2017
    • Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD, February 11, 2018, 12:30 pm
  • A WHITE HISTORIAN CONFRONTS LYNCHING
    • Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD, February 18, 2018, with poet Marcia Cole, 12:30 pm
  • SNAKE OIL REVISITED:  PLANT MEDICINES IN AMERICAN HISTORY
    • US Botanic Garden, January 27, 2018, 2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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