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Journey on the James: Three Weeks through the Heart of Virginia

by Earl Swift University of Virginia Press (December 19, 2014)

From its beginnings as a trickle of icy water in Virginia's northwest corner to its miles-wide mouth at Hampton Roads, the James River has witnessed more recorded history than any other feature of the American...


The Tangierman's Lament: and Other Tales of Virginia

by Earl Swift University of Virginia Press (December 19, 2014)

Go where the story is--that's one tenet of journalism Earl Swift has had little trouble living up to. In two decades of covering the commonwealth, Swift has hiked, canoed--even spelunked--a singular path through...


Discovering the Civil War in Florida: A Reader and Guide

by Paul Taylor Pineapple Press (October 01, 2012)

A chronicle of Civil War activity in Florida, both land and sea maneuvers. For each engagement the author includes excerpts from official government reports by officers on both sides of the battle lines. Also...


Moonshine Memories

by Thomas Allison NewSouth Classics (August 01, 2007)

For 25 years, Tom Allison was a revenuer, a federal agent charged with enforcement of the nation's laws on taxation of liquor. His territory was the hills, hollows and deep woods of Alabama, and his quarry was...


Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs

by Ralph Draughon NewSouth Classics (June 01, 2012)

Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs offers a dynamic record of the buildings that once stood in Auburn, Alabama, which have fallen to natural disaster, war, poverty, and neglect, and to what...


Through Others' Eyes: Published Accounts of Antebellum Montgomery, Alabama

by Jeffrey C. Benton NewSouth Books (September 17, 2014)

Through Others' Eyes includes descriptions of traveling to and from Montgomery, but it focuses on the travelers' descriptions of Montgomery itself. The published accounts included in the book were written between...


The Language of Silence

by Peggy Webb Gallery Books (September 09, 2014)

Following in the footsteps of her tiger-taming grandmother, a woman flees her abusive husband to join the circus in this masterful, heartfelt work of women’s fiction.

Peggy Webb won raves for her debut novel,...


A Short History of Reconstruction

by Eric Foner Harper Perennial Modern Classics (January 06, 2015)

From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated AND abridged edition of the prizewinning classic on the post–Civil War period that shaped modern America

In this...


The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper

by S. L. Alexander, Frank D. Durham, Vicki Mayer & Alfred Lawrence Lorenz et al. Lexington Books (July 17, 2014)

This book is a study of the 2012-2013 transition of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans from a daily newspaper to a three-day-a-week publication with emphasis on its online presence (“Digital First”). It is...


When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus

by Alan Cross NewSouth Classics (February 24, 2014)

When Heaven and Earth Collide is an investigation into what went wrong in the American South in regard to race and religion-and how things can be and are being made right. Why, in a land filled with Christian...


State Facts for Fun! Florida

by Wyatt Michaels Denise Lorenz (November 19, 2012)

State Facts for Fun! Florida is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within this book; while parents will love that their...


Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia

by Lynn Rainville University of Virginia Press (February 12, 2014)

In Hidden History, Lynn Rainville travels through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there...


Turn Away Thy Son

by Elizabeth Jacoway Free Press (January 09, 2007)

In September 1957, the nation was transfixed by nine black students attempting to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. Governor...


The American South: A History

by William J. Cooper Jr. & Thomas E. Terrill Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2008)

In The American South, Cooper and Terrill demonstrate their belief that it is impossible to divorce the history of the South from the history of the United States. Each volume includes a substantial biographical...


Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney

by Raymond Arsenault NewSouth Books (October 23, 2013)

Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney brings together essays by some of the nation's most distinguished Southern historians. Each contributor has a personal as well as professional connection to Sheldon...


The Grandees of Government: The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia

by Brent Tarter University of Virginia Press (October 17, 2013)

From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into...


Emigration to Liberia: From the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama, 1853-1903

by Matthew McDaniel NewSouth Classics (August 01, 2013)

Between 1853 and 1903, some 500 African Americans left the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama to start new lives in the West African Republic of Liberia. Most of the emigrants departed for Liberia during...


A Massacre in Memphis

by Stephen V. Ash Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2013)

An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history

In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence...


Grassroots Medicine: The Story of America's Free Health Clinics

by Gregory L. Weiss Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 30, 2006)

Grass Roots Medicine describes the emergence of free health clinics in the late 1960s and early 1970s and examines the important transformations that have occurred since the mid-1980s. The book is based on more...


Race Harmony and Black Progress: Jack Woofter and the Interracial Cooperation Movement

by Mark Ellis Indiana University Press (October 16, 2013)

Founded by white males, the interracial cooperation movement flourished in the American South in the years before the New Deal. The movement sought local dialogue between the races, improvement of education,...


Challenging the Mississippi Firebombers

by Jim Dann, Tracy Sugarman & John Harris Baraka Books (August 30, 2013)

In June 1964, courageous young civil rights workers risked their lives in the face of violence, intimidation, illegal arrests, and racism to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi,...


Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter

by Randy Roberts & Ed Krzemienski Twelve (August 20, 2013)

The extraordinary story of how Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Joe Namath, his star quarterback at the University of Alabama, led the Crimson Tide to victory and transformed football into a truly national pastime....


The Freedom Rides and Alabama: A Guide to Key Events and Places, Context, and Impact

by Arlam Carr NewSouth Books (August 01, 2011)

This concise guidebook gives a brief overview of the 1961 Freedom Rides, a crucial moment in American history in which an interracial group traveled across the South to protest segregated transportation. The...


Rogue State: The Unconstitutional Process of Establishing West Virginia Statehood

by Richard H. Owens UPA (June 20, 2013)

This book explains how West Virginia entered—and remains—in the Union under unconstitutional circumstances. Though the U.S. government pledged to prevent the secession of eleven states from the Union, they...


The McGillivray and McIntosh Traders: On the Old Southwest Frontier, 1716-1815

by Amos Wright NewSouth Books (March 01, 2007)

In this volume, Amos J. Wright Jr. compiles and presents the source materials relating to the lives and careers of Laughlin McGillivray and Alexander McGillivray. The volume represents tweny years of meticulous...


Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson's Struggle to Save the University That Changed America

by Rex Bowman & Carlos Santos University of Virginia Press (July 30, 2013)

Thomas Jefferson had a radical dream for higher education. Designed to become the first modern public university, the University of Virginia was envisioned as a liberal campus with no religious affiliation,...


The Great Deluge

by Douglas Brinkley HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On...


The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

by Dean King Little, Brown and Company (May 14, 2013)

"Marvelous....THE FEUD is popular history as it ought to be written." ---Wall Street Journal

Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. The violent feud between these two families has become...


Almost Hollywood: The Forgotten Story of Jacksonville, Florida

by Blair Miller Hamilton Books (March 05, 2013)

Blair Miller tells the story of the motion picture industry as it developed in Jacksonville after the turn of the twentieth century. Almost Hollywood reveals the meteoric rise and fall of Jacksonville in early...


They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama's Forgotten Children

by Denny Abbott NewSouth Books (March 06, 2013)

Denny Abbott first encountered the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meigs as a twenty-one-year-old probation officer for the Montgomery County Family Court. He would became so concerned about...


Seasons of War

by Daniel E. Sutherland Free Press (March 05, 2013)

The story of Culpeper County, Virginia, is a unique one in Civil War history. Nestled in one of the South’s most strategically important locations, it was occupied by the Northern army, recaptured by the Confederacy,...


The Human Tradition in the New South

by James C. Klotter, John Ed Pearce, Cita Cook & S. Spencer Davis et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 21, 2005)

In The Human Tradition in the New South, historian James C. Klotter brings together twelve biographical essays that explore the region's political, economic, and social development since the Civil War. Like...


Never Ask Permission: Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond, A Memoir by Mary Buford Hitz

by Mary Buford Hitz & Anne Firor Scott University of Virginia Press (October 23, 2012)

Some cities, through hardship or glory or a combination of both, produce extraordinary women. Richmond in the early twentieth century, dominated by its prominent families and still haunted by the ghosts of its...


The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking

by Paul M. Gaston NewSouth Books (June 01, 2011)

First published in 1970, The New South Creed has lost none of its usefulness to anyone examining the dream of a new South -- prosperous, powerful, racially harmonious -- that developed in the three decades after...


"Answer at Once": Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, 1934-1938

by Katrina M. Powell University of Virginia Press (November 04, 2009)

With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the state surveyed for and acquired three thousand tracts of land that would become Shenandoah National Park. The Commonwealth condemned...


The Free State of Jones and The Echo of the Black Horn

by Ethel Knight, Thomas Jefferson Knight & Jim Kelly Racehorse (July 12, 2016)

Subject of the upcoming film Free State of Jones, this book provides recollections of the man who took on the Confederacy during the Civil War and established the liberated Mississippi county.

Soldier, Father,...


Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?

by Phillip F. Nelson Skyhorse (May 01, 2018)

One of the most infamous and devastating assassinations in American history, the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was also one of the most quickly resolved by authorities: James Earl Ray...


Wiley Buck and Other Stories of the Concord Community

by Henry M. Wagstaff The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2018)

A gifted teller of tales sketches a lively picture of his boyhood in the old tobacco section of Person County, North Carolina, just south of the Virginia line. All the white grown-ups of the boy's childhood...


The Freedmen's Bureau in South Carolina, 1865 - 1872

by Martin Abbott The University of North Carolina Press (October 25, 2018)

Abbott's book deals with the Freedmen's Bureau, the agency that faced the main challenge of defining the meaning of freedom for four million slaves after the Civil War. He records the difficulties that resulted...


Dimestore

by Lee Smith Algonquin Books (March 22, 2016)

“A memoir that shines with a bright spirit, a generous heart and an entertaining knack for celebrating absurdity.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This is Smith at her finest.”—Library Journal, starred...


The Last Battleground

by Philip Gerard The University of North Carolina Press (February 05, 2019)

To understand the long march of events in North Carolina from secession to surrender is to understand the entire Civil War--a personal war waged by Confederates and Unionists, free blacks and the enslaved, farm...


Lethal State

by Seth Kotch The University of North Carolina Press (January 10, 2019)

For years, American states have tinkered with the machinery of death, seeking to align capital punishment with evolving social standards and public will. Against this backdrop, North Carolina had long stood...


A Delicious Country

by Scott Huler The University of North Carolina Press (February 05, 2019)

In 1700, a young man named John Lawson left London and landed in Charleston, South Carolina, hoping to make a name for himself. For reasons unknown, he soon undertook a two-month journey through the still-mysterious...


Private Confederacies

by James J. Broomall The University of North Carolina Press (January 10, 2019)

How did the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction shape the masculinity of white Confederate veterans? As James J. Broomall shows, the crisis of the war forced a reconfiguration of the emotional worlds...


The Arkansas Regulators

by Charles Adams & Christoph Irmscher Berghahn Books (January 01, 2019)

The Arkansas Regulators is a rousing tale of frontier adventure, first published in German in 1846, but virtually lost to English readers for well over a century. Written in the tradition of James Fenimore...


Southern Mountain Republicans 1865-1900

by Gordon B. McKinney The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

The mountaineer stereotype--violent people who preserve a traditional lifestyle and vote Republican--has been perpetuated through the years. McKinney found that the impact of the Civil War and the absence of...


Gift from the Hills

by Lucy Morgan The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2013)

Miss Lucy went to the North Carolina mountains in 1920 as an apprentice teacher, but she soon discovered that the kind of teaching that she wanted to do was not in the fields in which she was trained. What interested...


A History of South Carolina, 1865-1960

by Ernest McPherson Lander Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

This vigorous and concise history combines clarity of approach with keen insights on the patterns of South Carolina politics, agriculture, industry, education, transportation, and race relations. Lander's study...


Southern Capitalists

by Laurence Shore The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Studying the changing strategies used by the nineteenth-century southern leaders to justify their direction of the South's economy and politics, Shore shows how leaders before, during, and after the Civil War...


Strategies for Change in the South

by Thomas H. Naylor & James Clotfelter The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

In order to systematize regional studies, the authors view the southern United States as an integrated system of economic, political, social, and educational institutions. The underlying theme is that if one...