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James Moore Wayne

by Alexander A. Lawrence The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Southern aristocrat, mayor of Savannah, congressman for three terms, justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, James Moore Wayne made love of the federal union the governing principle of his political...


Walter Hines Page

by John Milton Cooper Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

The varied career of Walter Hines Page affected many facets of the American political and social milieu from the end of Reconstruction through World War I. A North Carolinian, Page was one of the first southerners...


From Puzzles to Portraits

by James L. Clifford The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

The first part of this fascinating account of a biographer's problems tells of the adventures of one biographer in tracking down clues in several parts of the world--accidental discovery, long pursuit of a watward...


Dr. John Mitchell

by Edmund Berkeley The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

This is the first full-length biography of a man who was primarily a botanist but who is best known for his map of North America. He left a well-established medical practice in his native Virginia in 1746 to...


Roger B. Taney

by Charles W. Smith Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Smith describes the political ideas of Chief Justice Taney and discusses his contributions to American constitutional law. Taney is revealed as a socially minded jurist who believed in the power of the whole...


Charles Brantley Aycock

by Oliver Orr The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Orr traces Aycock's growth from farm boy to practicing lawyer and on to that final eminence in which his fame spread beyond the state in connection with his brilliant oratory, his interest in public education,...


Walter Clark

by Aubrey Lee Brooks The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

In this life of Walter Clark, the author tells of an antebellum boyhood on a Carolina plantation and a long career of involvement in the bitterest sociopolitical battles the state of North Carolina has known,...


Irving Babbitt

by Thomas R. Nevin The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

Few men in America's intellectual history have sought as much as Irving Babbitt to be a crucible for the cultural values that America, expecially in its "progressive" epoch, had no inclination to receive. Over...


The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy

by Kevin D. Greene The University of North Carolina Press (September 28, 2018)

Over the course of his long career, legendary bluesman William "Big Bill" Broonzy (1893@–1958) helped shape the trajectory of the genre, from its roots in the rural Mississippi River Delta, through its rise...


My Other Loneliness

by Suzanne Stutman The University of North Carolina Press (September 10, 2016)

Written over an eleven-year period, these letters between Thomas Wolfe and Aline Bernstein chronicle a love affair that was by turns stormy, tender, bitter, and contrite.

When Wolfe met Mrs. Bernstein shortly...


Bernardo de Gálvez

by Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia The University of North Carolina Press (March 23, 2018)

Although Spain was never a formal ally of the United States during the American Revolution, its entry into the war definitively tipped the balance against Britain. Led by Bernardo de Galvez, supreme commander...


Radical Friend

by Nancy A. Hewitt The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

A pillar of radical activism in nineteenth-century America, Amy Kirby Post (1802–1889) participated in a wide range of movements and labored tirelessly to orchestrate ties between issues, causes, and activists....


Picturing Identity

by Hertha D. Sweet Wong The University of North Carolina Press (May 02, 2018)

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth and -twenty-first century American writers and artists each of whom employ a mix...


Cornwallis

by Franklin B. Wickwire & Mary B. Wickwire The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

This is the second and final volume of the Wickwires' definitive biography of Cornwallis. It details Corwallis's work in India, his contributions in Britain as master general of ordnance, his tenure as lord...


The Rule of Law

by Richard A. Cosgrove The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

So commonplace has the term rule of law become that few recognize its source as Dicey's Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution. Cosgrove examines the life and career of Dicey, the most influential...


Louis Austin and the Carolina Times

by Jerry Gershenhorn The University of North Carolina Press (February 06, 2018)

Louis Austin (1898–1971) came of age at the nadir of the Jim Crow era and became a transformative leader of the long black freedom struggle in North Carolina. From 1927 to 1971, he published and edited the...


Frederick Douglass

by D. H. Dilbeck The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2018)

From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction....


Wilhelm II

by Lamar Cecil The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Wilhelm II (1859-1941), King of Prussia and German Emperor from 1888 to 1918, reigned during a period of unprecedented economic, cultural, and intellectual achievement in Germany. Unlike most European sovereigns...


Jule Carr

by Mena Webb The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions...


Johann Jacob Moser and the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation

by Mack Walker The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

As the most learned and eminent public lawyer in Germany, a busy administrator, and a prolific writer, Moser (1701-85) lived and breathed the political order. His correspondence, memoranda, and manuscript autobiography...


William Lowndes and the Transition of Southern Politics, 1782-1822

by Carl J. Vipperman The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

This first scholarly biography of Lowndes establishes his place in history, even though he was overshadowed by contemporaries John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay, and provides valuable insights into our understanding...


William Tryon and the Course of Empire

by Paul David Nelson The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

William Tryon's role in the affairs of British America during the last years of the empire, and his inability to stem the collapse of that empire, makes for a fascinating story. Royal governor of North Carolina...


Serpent in Eden

by Fred C. Hobson Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

The appearance in 1920 of H. L. Mencken's scathing essay about the intellectual and cultural impoverishment of the South, "The Sahara of the Bozart", set off a firestorm of reaction in the region that continued...


Charles Waddell Chesnutt

by Helen M. Chesnutt The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

The driving force in Chesnutt's life was the wish to help his race. Long before the days of the NAACP, which he later joined, and to the end of his life, he lectured, wrote,and corresponded on the everlasting...


The Economics of Emancipation

by Kathleen Mary Butler The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2017)

The British Slavery Abolition Act of 1834 provided a grant of u20 million to compensate the owners of West Indian slaves for the loss of their human 'property.' In this first comparative analysis of the impact...


Forging the Atomic Shield

by Roger M. Anders The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2017)

Soon after his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in 1950, Gordon E. Dean began an office diary composed primarily of notes from his telephone conversations. The diary contains Dean's...


Burnside

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Ambrose Burnside, the Union general, was a major player on the Civil War stage from the first clash at Bull Run until the final summer of the war. He led a corps or army during most of this time and played important...


Richard Taylor

by T. Michael Parrish The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2017)

Using widely scattered and previously unknown primary sources, Parrish's biography of Confederate general Richard Taylor presents him as one of the Civil War's most brilliant generals, eliciting strong performances...


Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers

by Tamara Plakins Thornton The University of North Carolina Press (February 10, 2016)

In this engagingly written biography, Tamara Plakins Thornton delves into the life and work of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a man Thomas Jefferson once called a "meteor in the hemisphere." Bowditch was a...


Florynce “Flo” Kennedy

by Sherie M. Randolph The University of North Carolina Press (September 28, 2015)

Often photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first...


Science Has No Sex

by Arleen Marcia Tuchman The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

German-born Marie Zakrzewska (1829-1902) was one of the most prominent female physicians of nineteenth-century America. Best known for creating a modern hospital and medical education program for women, Zakrzewska...


The Secret Eye

by Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2014)

The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas,...


Colonel John Pelham

by William W. Hassler The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Even before the end of the Civil War Colonel John Pelham had become a legendary figure of the Confederacy. General Lee called him "the gallant Pelham," and on seeing the young artillerist employ but a single...


Tar Heel Editor

by Josephus Daniels The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Born during the Civil War, Josephus Daniels has lived a remarkably full life and played a substantial part in one of the most significant periods of our nation's history. This volume of the autobiography of...


Secret Selves

by Oliver S. Buckton The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Focusing on the representation of same-sex desire in Victorian autobiographical writing, Oliver Buckton offers significant new readings of works by some of the most influential figures in late-nineteenth-century...


Music from the True Vine

by Bill C. Malone The University of North Carolina Press (October 24, 2011)

A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing,...


Lee Considered

by Alan T. Nolan The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Of all the heroes produced by the Civil War, Robert E. Lee is the most revered and perhaps the most misunderstood. Lee is widely portrayed as an ardent antisecessionist who left the United States Army only because...


Jasmine and Stars

by Fatemeh Keshavarz The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2007)

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her...


Vance Packard and American Social Criticism

by Daniel Horowitz The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Vance Packard's bestselling books--Hidden Persuaders (1957), Status Seekers (1959), and Waste Makers (1960)--taught the generation that came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s about the dangers posed by...


Confronting the Veil

by Jonathan Scott Holloway The University of North Carolina Press (April 23, 2003)

In this book, Jonathan Holloway explores the early lives and careers of economist Abram Harris Jr., sociologist E. Franklin Frazier, and political scientist Ralph Bunche--three black scholars who taught at Howard...


Jane Grey Swisshelm

by Sylvia D. Hoffert The University of North Carolina Press (January 20, 2011)

Nineteenth-century newspaper editor Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884) was an unconventionally ambitious woman. While she struggled in private to be a dutiful daughter, wife, and mother, she publicly critiqued...


David Ruggles

by Graham Russell Gao Hodges The University of North Carolina Press (March 15, 2010)

David Ruggles (1810-1849) was one of the most heroic--and has been one of the most often overlooked--figures of the early abolitionist movement in America. Graham Russell Gao Hodges provides the first biography...


Without Precedent

by Anna R. Hayes The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

The first woman judge in the state of North Carolina and the first woman in the United States to be elected chief justice of a state supreme court, Susie Marshall Sharp (1907-1996) broke new ground for women...


One of Lee's Best Men

by William W. Hassler The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2012)

On the day that Lincoln was inaugurated in 1861, twenty-seven-year-old William Dorsey Pender, en route to the provisional Confederate capital in Montgomery, Alabama, hurriedly scribbled a note to his wife, Fanny....


Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers

by Karl E. Campbell The University of North Carolina Press (November 19, 2007)

Many Americans remember Senator Sam Ervin (1896-1985) as the affable, Bible-quoting, old country lawyer who chaired the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973. Ervin's stories from down home in North Carolina, his...


Unspeakable

by Susan Burch & Hannah Joyner The University of North Carolina Press (November 19, 2007)

Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found...


The Mind of Frederick Douglass

by Waldo E. Martin Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Frederick Douglass was unquestionably the foremost black American of the nineteenth century. The extraordinary life of this former slave turned abolitionist orator, newspaper editor, social reformer, race leader,...


The Education of the Heart

by Edgar E. MacDonald The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

In 1815 a young North Carolina schoolteacher who was Jewish wrote to the celebrated Maria Edgeworth to ask why British novelists wrote in such a prejudiced manner about Jews. Maria was so moved by the letter...


William Friday

by William A. Link The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2013)

Few North Carolinians have been as well known or as widely respected as William Friday (1920-2012). The former president of the University of North Carolina remained prominent in public affairs in the state...


A Nation within a Nation

by Komozi Woodard The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka is best known as one of the African American writers who helped ignite the Black Arts Movement. This book examines Baraka's cultural approach to Black Power politics and explores...