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To Master the Boundless Sea

by Jason W. Smith The University of North Carolina Press (April 13, 2018)

As the United States grew into an empire in the late nineteenth century, notions like "sea power" derived not only from fleets, bases, and decisive battles, but also from a scientific effort to understand and...


Listening to Nineteenth-Century America

by Mark M. Smith The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2015)

Arguing for the importance of the aural dimension of history, Mark M. Smith contends that to understand what it meant to be northern or southern, slave or free--to understand sectionalism and the attitudes toward...


North Carolina's Barrier Islands

by David Blevins The University of North Carolina Press (February 08, 2017)

In this stunning book, nature photographer and ecologist David Blevins offers an inspiring visual journey to North Carolina's barrier islands as you have never seen them before. These islands are unique and...


The End of a Global Pox

by Bob H. Reinhardt The University of North Carolina Press (June 24, 2015)

By the mid-twentieth century, smallpox had vanished from North America and Europe but continued to persist throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. In 1965, the United States joined an international effort...


The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

by James G. Thomas Jr. & Charles Reagan Wilson The University of North Carolina Press (November 26, 2012)

Science and medicine have been critical to southern history and the formation of southern culture. For three centuries, scientists in the South have documented the lush natural world around them and set a lasting...


Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains

by Timothy Silver The University of North Carolina Press (December 04, 2003)

Each year, thousands of tourists visit Mount Mitchell, the most prominent feature of North Carolina's Black Mountain range and the highest peak in the eastern United States. From Native Americans and early explorers...


Scientists, Business, and the State, 1890-1960

by Patrick J. McGrath The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

In the late nineteenth century, scientists began allying themselves with America's corporate, political, and military elites. They did so not just to improve their professional standing and win more money for...


Thomas Day

by Patricia Phillips Marshall & Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll The University of North Carolina Press (May 22, 2010)

Thomas Day (1801-61), a free man of color from Milton, North Carolina, became the most successful cabinetmaker in North Carolina--white or black--during a time when most blacks were enslaved and free blacks...


Feeding a Hungry Planet

by James Lang The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Rice is the food crop the world depends on most. In Feeding a Hungry Planet, James Lang demonstrates how research has benefited rice growers and increased production. He describes the life cycle of a rice crop...


Working the Garden

by William Conlogue The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

In 1860 farmers accounted for 60 percent of the American workforce; in 1910, 30.5 percent; by 1994, there were too few to warrant a separate census category. The changes wrought by the decline of family farming...


The Gulf Stream

by Stan Ulanski The University of North Carolina Press (September 08, 2008)

Coursing through the Atlantic Ocean is a powerful current with a force 300 times that of the mighty Amazon. Ulanski explores the fascinating science and history of this sea highway known as the Gulf Stream,...


The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

by Judith H. Bonner, Estill Curtis Pennington & Charles Reagan Wilson The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2013)

From the Potomac to the Gulf, artists were creating in the South even before it was recognized as a region. The South has contributed to America's cultural heritage with works as diverse as Benjamin Henry Latrobe's...


Ducktown Smoke

by Duncan Maysilles The University of North Carolina Press (May 30, 2011)

It is hard to make a desert in a place that receives sixty inches of rain each year. But after decades of copper mining, all that remained of the old hardwood forests in the Ducktown Mining District of the Southern...


Corn and Capitalism

by Arturo Warman The University of North Carolina Press (December 04, 2003)

Exploring the history and importance of corn worldwide, Arturo Warman traces its development from a New World food of poor and despised peoples into a commodity that plays a major role in the modern global economy....


American Science in an Age of Anxiety

by Jessica Wang The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

No professional group in the United States benefited more from World War II than the scientific community. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, scientists enjoyed unprecedented public visibility...


Fishing North Carolina's Outer Banks

by Stan Ulanski The University of North Carolina Press (September 26, 2011)

In this hands-on, how-to guide to fishing North Carolina's Outer Banks, expert fisherman Stan Ulanski combines his enthusiasm, his experience, and his scientific expertise to show anglers how to catch more fish....


Engineering Nature

by Jessica B. Teisch The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2011)

Focusing on globalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jessica Teisch examines the processes by which American water and mining engineers who rose to prominence during and after the...


Science, Race, and Religion in the American South

by Lester D. Stephens The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2003)

In the decades before the Civil War, Charleston, South Carolina, enjoyed recognition as the center of scientific activity in the South. By 1850, only three other cities in the United States--Philadelphia, Boston,...


The Basis of Progressive Evolution

by G. Ledyard Stebbins The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2014)

In this incisive book, a distinguished geneticist has succeeded in relating the extraordinary biological discoveries of the last two decades to the basic questions about the origin and evolution of life on earth....


Gothic Arches, Latin Crosses

by Ryan K. Smith The University of North Carolina Press (January 20, 2011)

Crosses, candles, choir vestments, sanctuary flowers, and stained glass are common church features found in nearly all mainline denominations of American Christianity today. Most Protestant churchgoers would...


Synthetic Socialism

by Eli Rubin The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Eli Rubin takes an innovative approach to consumer culture to explore questions of political consensus and consent and the impact of ideology on everyday life in the former East Germany. Synthetic Socialism...


The Deepest Wounds

by Thomas D. Rogers The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2010)

In The Deepest Wounds, Thomas D. Rogers traces social and environmental changes over four centuries in Pernambuco, Brazil's key northeastern sugar-growing state. Focusing particularly on the period from the...


Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas

by Albert E. Radford, Harry E. Ahles & C. Ritchie Bell The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2010)

This illustrated manual describes and discusses the unusually rich and varied flora of the Carolinas, from the semi-tropical coast of South Carolina to the northern forests of the high North Carolina mountains....


The Beauty of Holiness

by Louis P. Nelson The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

Intermingling architectural, cultural, and religious history, Louis Nelson reads Anglican architecture and decorative arts as documents of eighteenth-century religious practice and belief. In The Beauty of Holiness...


To Save the Land and People

by Chad Montrie The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2003)

Surface coal mining has had a dramatic impact on the Appalachian economy and ecology since World War II, exacerbating the region's chronic unemployment and destroying much of its natural environment. Here, Chad...


Ecological Revolutions

by Carolyn Merchant The University of North Carolina Press (November 08, 2010)

With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and...


The Culture of Wilderness

by Frieda Knobloch The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this innovative work of cultural and technological history, Frieda Knobloch describes how agriculture functioned as a colonizing force in the American West between 1862 and 1945. Using agricultural textbooks,...


DDT and the American Century

by David Kinkela The University of North Carolina Press (November 07, 2011)

Praised for its ability to kill insects effectively and cheaply and reviled as an ecological hazard, DDT continues to engender passion across the political spectrum as one of the world's most controversial chemical...


The Botanizers

by Elizabeth B. Keeney The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Keeney examines the role of botany in the lives of nineteenth-century 'botanizers,' amateur scientists who collected, identified, and preserved plant specimens as a pastime. Using popular magazines, fiction,...


Mama Learned Us to Work

by Lu Ann Jones The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

Farm women of the twentieth-century South have been portrayed as oppressed, worn out, and isolated. Lu Ann Jones tells quite a different story in Mama Learned Us to Work. Building upon evocative oral histories,...


The Political Ecology of Bananas

by Lawrence S. Grossman The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

This study of banana contract farming in the Eastern Caribbean explores the forces that shape contract-farming enterprises everywhere--capital, the state, and the environment. Employing the increasingly popular...


Looking for Longleaf

by Lawrence S. Earley The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was, in its prime, one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these magnificent forests...


The Circus Age

by Janet M. Davis The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2003)

A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could...


Radium Girls

by Claudia Clark The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In the early twentieth century, a group of women workers hired to apply luminous paint to watch faces and instrument dials found themselves among the first victims of radium poisoning. Claudia Clark's book tells...


Turing's Man

by J. David Bolter The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Trained in both classics and computer science, Bolter considers the cultural impact of computers on our age, comparing the computer to earlier technologies that redefined fundamental notions of time, space,...


Wild North Carolina

by David Blevins & Michael P. Schafale The University of North Carolina Press (April 04, 2011)

Celebrating the beauty, diversity, and significance of the state's natural landscapes, Wild North Carolina provides an engaging, beautifully illustrated introduction to North Carolina's interconnected webs of...


Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia, 2nd Ed

by Jeffrey C. Beane, Alvin L. Braswell, Joseph C. Mitchell & William M. Palmer The University of North Carolina Press (May 03, 2010)

Revised and updated to reflect the most current science, and including 30 new species, this authoritative and comprehensive volume is the definitive guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Carolinas and...


Bioethics as Practice

by Judith Andre The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

Those who work in bioethics and the medical humanities come from many different backgrounds, such as health care, philosophy, law, the social sciences, and religious studies. The work they do also varies widely:...


Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution

by Sherry Johnson The University of North Carolina Press (November 14, 2011)

From 1750 to 1800, a critical period that saw the American Revolution, French Revolution, and Haitian Revolution, the Atlantic world experienced a series of environmental crises, including more frequent and...