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NMSU history professor publishes first book

New Mexico State University assistant history professor Jamie Bronstein recently published her first book, "Land Reform and Working-Class Experience in Britain and the United States, 1800-1862." The book is a study of economic history and land reform movements in the 19th century.


Bronstein's book examines how the working classes in both nations, faced with overcrowded cities and low wages or unemployment, focused their efforts on land reform to deliver them from the grim conditions of the 1840s. The book chronicles the movement by motivated workers to secure land for homes and farming, and how international communication sparked transatlantic land reform efforts. It also illustrates the creation of land reform cultures in the United States and Britain during a time of rapid social and economic change.

The book is the recipient of the American Political Association's Samuel Beer Prize.

Bronstein, a native of Succasunna, N.J., has taught in the NMSU history department since August 1996. She earned a bachelor's degree in history and Spanish, and a master's degree in law and diplomacy, from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She did her doctoral work at Stanford University, where she concentrated her history research on working people in Britain and the United States, focusing on the 19th century.

In addition to history courses, Bronstein teaches classes on Jacksonian America, the Civil War and labor history.