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On this page, we’ve alphabetized our Book Reviews by title. Those at subscribing institutions can read these reviews via Project Muse at the direct links below. Our Book Reviews are also searchable by Subject and by Author.

A – E  |  F – K  |  L – R  |  S – Z


Kenneth E. Koons and Warren R. Hofstra, After the Backcountry: Rural Life in the Great Valley of Virginia, 1800-1900 (review)
reviewed by John C. Inscoe

Allen Tullos
Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie
reviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
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Wendy Reed and Jennifer Horne, Editors, All Out of Faith:  Southern Women on Spirituality (review)
    reviewed by Barbara Brown Taylor

James L. Peacock, Harry L. Watson, and Carrie R. Matthews, Editors, The American South in a Global World (review)
    reviewed by David A. Davis

Gregg D. Kimball, American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond (review)
reviewed by David R. Goldfield

Michael J. Zogry
Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity
reviewed by Christina Snyder
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James C. Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (review)
reviewed by Jane Elizabeth Dailey


Keith Lee Morris
The Best Seats in the House (review)
    reviewed by Dave Shaw

Steven P. Miller
Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South (review)
    reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield

Elaine Mensh and Harry Mensh
Black, White, and Huckleberry Finn: Re-imagining the American Dream (review)
reviewed by Christopher Windolph

Andrew H. Myers
Black, White & Olive Drab:
Racial Integration at Fort Jackson, SC, and the Civil Rights Movement (review)

       reviewed by Alex Macaulay

Jonathan S. Bass
Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (review)
reviewed by Katherine Mellen Charron

Timothy B. Tyson
Blood Done Sign My Name (review)
     reviewed by Fred C. Hobson

Stephen Cushman
Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (review)
reviewed by William L. Barney

Roger D. Abrahams, with Nick Spitzer, John F. Szwed, and Robert Farris Thompson
Blues for New Orleans:
Mardi Gras and America’s Creole Soul (review)

       reviewed by Perry Kasprzak

Walter M. Brasch
Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and the ‘Cornfield Journalist': The Tale of Joel Chandler Harris (review)
reviewed by Jennifer Lynn Ritterhouse


Mark Catesby
Catesby’s Birds of Colonial America (review)
reviewed by T. Edward Nickens

John Lane
Chattooga: Descending Into the Myth of Deliverance River (review)
    reviewed by Timothy Silver

Helen Taylor
Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture through a Transatlantic Lens (review) 
reviewed by Brian Ward

Renee Christine Romano and Leigh Raiford, editors
The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (review)
     reviewed by Carole Blair

James R. Goff Jr.
Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel (review)  
reviewed by James Parrish

Bland Simpson and Scott Taylor
The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country
reviewed by Lawrence Earley
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Michael O’Brien
Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860 (review)
    reviewed by Paul D. H. Quigley

Rebecca Sharpless
Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865–1960
reviewed by Tanfer Emin Tunc
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Rob Storter
Crackers in the Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades (review)
     reviewed by Carolyn Kindell, KC Smith, Andi Milam Reynolds


Ralph W. Johnson
David Played a Harp: A Free Man’s Battle for Independence (review)
reviewed by Hunter James

John B. Rehder
Delta Sugar: Louisiana’s Vanishing Plantation Landscape (review)
reviewed by John Michael Vlach

Sarah-Patton Boyle
The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian’s Stand in Time of Transition (review)
reviewed by Melton Alonze McLaurin

Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall
Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English (review)
    reviewed by Michael Chitwood

J. Mills Thornton
Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma (review)
    reviewed by Ralph Luker

Kari A. Frederickson
The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968 (review)
reviwed by Jack Bass

Karen L. Cox
Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture (review)
reviewed by Gaines M. Foster

Bill C. Malone
Don’t Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class (review)
reviewed by Patrick Huber


Janisse Ray and Rob Storter
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (review)
     reviewed by Carolyn Kindell, KC Smith, Andi Milam Reynolds

Barbara Ransby
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (review)
    reviewed by Charles M. Payne

Jonathan Daniel Wells and Sheila R. Phipps, Eds.
Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South
reviewed by Melody Maxwell
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Donald M. Kartiganer
Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect (review)
reviewed by Stephen M. Ross

Don Harrison Doyle 
Faulkner’s County: The Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha (review)
reviewed by Linda Wagner-Martin

Clive Webb
Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights (review)
reviewed by Eliza R. L. McGraw

Jim Wright
Fixin’ To Git: One Fan’s Love Affair with NASCAR’s Winston Cup (review)
     reviewed by Dan Pierce

Paul Harvey
Freedom’s Coming:
Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era, (review)

   reviewed by Matt J. Zacharias Harper

Katherine Mellen Charron
Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark
reviewed by Cynthia Stokes Brown
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Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Haynes Turner
Galveston and the 1900 Storm: Castastrophe and Catalyst (review)
     reviewed by Jay Barnes

Hal Crowther
Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South (review)
    reviewed by John Shelton Reed

Joseph T. Glatthaar 
General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse (review)
     reviewed by Gerald J. Prokopowicz

Benjamin R. Justesen
George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life (review)
     reviewed by John H. Haley

James C. Cobb and William Stueck, Editors
Globalization and the American South (review)
    reviewed by David A. Davis

Daniel S. Pierce
The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park (review)
     reviewed by Frank G. Queen

James L. Peacock
Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World (review)
       reviewed by Leon Fink

Jennifer Ritterhouse
Growing up Jim Crow:
How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race (review)

       reviewed by Clara Silverstein
Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (review)
    reviewed by William S. Price Jr.

Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (review)
    reviewed by William S. Price Jr.

Catherine W. Bishir, Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina (review)
    reviewed by William S. Price Jr.


Robert F. Pace
Halls of Honor: College Men in the Old South (review)
    reviewed by Peter S. Carmichael

John C. Inscoe and Gordon B. McKinney
The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War (review)
reviewed by Jan Davidson

Brooke Blevins
Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image (review)
reviewed by John C. Inscoe

Gordon Harvey, Richard Starnes, and Glenn Feldman, editors
History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie:
Scholarship, Activism, and Wayne Flynt (review)

       reviewed by Charles W. Eagles

John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed, with William McKinney
Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue:
The Definitive Guide to the People, Recipes, and Lore (review)

       reviewed by Fred Sauceman

Tiya Miles
The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story
reviewed by Drew A. Swanson
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Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartwout, Editors
Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita (review)
    reviewed by Rachel Richardson


Steve Estes
I Am a Man! Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement (review)
    reviewed by Larry Isaac

René Pol Nevils and Deborah George Hardy
Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole (review)
reviewed by Bryan Giemza

Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon
Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives (review)
reviewed by Nina Silber

Erik Larson
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (review)
reviewed by Jay Barnes


Andrew Burstein
Jefferson’s Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello (review)
    reviewed by Kristofer Ray

Marcie Cohen Ferris and Mark I. Greenberg, Editors
Jewish Roots in Southern Soil:  A New History (review)
    reviewed by Leonard Rogoff

Leigh H. Edwards
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity
     reviewed by Jocelyn R. Neal 

Nick Kotz
Judgement Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws that Changed America (review)
     reviewed by Jack Bass


Keith Perry
The Kingfish in Fiction (review)
    reviewed by Bryan Giemza



Gary R. Mormino
Land of Sunshine, Land of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida (review)
   reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield

Hunter James
The Last Days of Big Grassy Fork (review)
reviewed by Fred C. Hobson

Peter S. Carmichael
The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (review)
    reviewed by Stephen Berry

William G. Thomas
Lawyering for the Railroad: Business, Law, and Power in the New South (review)
reviewed by Frank G. Queen

Margaret Bender, Editor
Linguistic Diversity in the South: Changing Codes, Practices, and Ideologies (review)
    reviewed by Michael Montgomery

Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn, Editors
Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies (review)
    reviewed by David A. Davis

Pete Daniel
Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s (review)
reviewed by Fred C. Hobson

Amy Louise Wood
Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1940 (review)
     reviewed by Seth Kotch

Christopher Metress, editor
The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative (review)
     reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield


Sheldon Hackney
Magnolias without Moonlight: The American South from Regional Confederacy to National Integration (review)
     reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield

Robert A. Caro
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3 (review)
    reviewed by John Quinterno

Marcie Cohen Ferris
Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (review)
   reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed

Alice Fahs and Joan Waugh, Editors
The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (review)
    reviewed by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Andrew Silver
Minstrelsy and Murder:  The Crisis of Southern Humor (review)
    reviewed by Johanna Shields

Jack Temple Kirby
Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South (review)
reviewed by Otis L. Graham

Wesley Phillips
Montgomery in the Good War: Portrait of a Southern City, 1939-1946 (review)
reviewed by David R. Goldfield

W. Todd Grace
Mountain Rebels: East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War, 1860-1870
reviewed by Jan Davidson

Harlan Greene
Mr. Skylark: John Bennett and the Charleston Renaissance (review)
reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed

Suzanne Lebsock
A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial (review)
    reviewed by S. Willoughby Anderson

David C. Carter
The Music Has Gone Out of the Movement: Civil Rights and the Johnson Administration, 1965-1968
reviewed by J. Todd Moye
“President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law his crowning legislative achievement, the Voting Rights Act. In retrospect, the signing ceremony seemed to represent the high-water mark of both the Civil Rights Movement and the Johnson presidency.”
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Don Harrison Doyle
Nations Divided: America, Italy, and the Southern Question (review)
     reviewed by Susan Delfino

Leigh Anne Duck
The Nation’s Region:  Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (review)
     reviewed by Michael Kreyling


Harvey Broome
Out Under the Sky of the Great Smokies: A Personal Journal (review)
reviewed by Daniel S. Pierce


Erik Bledsoe
Perspectives on Harry Crews (review)
reviewed by Frank W. Shelton

Shelly Romalis
Pistol Packin’ Mama: Aunt Molly Jackson and the Politics of Folksong (review)
reviewed by Patrick Huber

Helen C. Rountree
Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown (review)
    reviewed by Michael D. Green

David C. Leege, Kenneth D. Wald, Brian S. Krueger, and Paul D. Mueller
The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period (review)
reviewed by John Quinterno

Michelle Brattain
The Politics of Whiteness: Race, Workers, and Culture in the Modern South (review)
reviewed by Carl Burkart

Charles Eagles
The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss
reviewed by Emilye Crosby
“Charles Eagles offers a detailed account of James Meredith’s desegregation of the University of Mississippi as a vehicle for examining ‘the confluence of race, politics, and higher education in postwar Mississippi.’”
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David. R. Davies
The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement (review)
reviewed by Berkly Hudson


David W. Blight
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (review)
reviewed by Bruce. E. Baker

K. Michael Prince
Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! South Carolina and the Confederate Flag (review)
    reviewed by John M. Coski

Kwame Ture
Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (review)
     reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield

Lucinda MacKethan, editor
Recollections of a Southern Daughter: A Memoir by Cornelia Jones Pond of Liberty County (review)
     reviewed by Julia Ridley Smith

Randy J. Sparks
Religion in Mississippi (review)
reviewed by David Edwin Harrell

Jeannette Keith
Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight (review)
    reviewed by Jonathan F. Phillips

Harvey H. Jackson III
The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast
reviewed by Anthony J. Stanonis
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Anne Sarah Rubin
The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 (review)
    reviewed by Don H. Doyle

Earl Black and Merle Black
The Rise of Southern Republicans (review)
reviewed by John Quinterno

Ken Breslauer
Roadside Paradise (review) 
reviewed by Robert E. Snyder

Roy Blount Jr
Robert E. Lee: A Shattered Nation (review)
    reviewed by J. Tracy Power



Laura Edwards
Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (review)
     reviewed by Julia Ridley Smith

Anya Jabour
Scarlett’s Sisters: Young Women in the Old South (review)
    reviewed by Katy Simpson Smith

Wilber W. Caldwell
Searching for the Dixie Barbecue: Journeys into the Southern Psyche (review)
    reviewed by John Shelton Reed

Henry Clay Anderson
Separate, But Equal:
The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson

reviewed by Todd J. Moye

James Applewhite
Selected Poems (review)
   reviewed by Robert M. West

Heather Andrea Williams
Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom (review)
    reviewed by Robin Bernstein

Bess Lomax Hawes  (review)
Sing It Pretty: A Memoir  (review)
    reviewed by Joshua Guthman

Allan Paul Speer, editor, with Janet Barton Speer
Sisters of Providence: The Search for God in the Frontier South, 1843-1858 (review)
     reviewed by Julia Ridley Smith

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links (review)
  reviewed by Daniel C. Littlefield

Louis M. Kyriakoudes
The Social Origins of the Urban South (review)
    reviewed by Tom Hanchett

Rob Amberg
Sodom Laurel Album (review)
    reviewed by Cary Fowler

David A. Taylor
Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America (review)
     reviewed by Robert Hunt Ferguson

David L. Carlton and Peter A. Coclanis
The South, the Nation, and the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development  (review)
    reviewed by Gavin Wright

Fred C. Hobson
South to the Future: An American Region in the Twenty-first Century (review)
     reviewed by Michael Kreyling

George P. Garrett, James McKinley (Editor)
Southern Excusions: Views on Southern Letters in My Time (review)
    reviewed by Samuel F. Pickering

W. Fitzhugh Brundage
The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory (review)
   reviewed by John Bodnar

David R. Goldfield
Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History (review)
reviewed by David W. Blight

Trudier Harris
Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South (review)
reviewed by Melton Alonza McLaurin

Anne Mitchell Whisnant
Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History (review)
    reviewed by Charles L. Perdue


William F. Powers
Tar Heel Catholics (review)
     reviewed by John Quinterno

Michael McFee, editor
This Is Where We Live: Short Stories by 25 Contemporary North Carolina Writers (review) 
     reviewed by George Hovis

Christopher Hitchens
Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (review)
    reviewed by Brian Steele

Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly
Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm (review)
reviewed by Jay Barnes

Robert R. Korstad and James L. Leloudis with photographs by Billy E. Barnes
To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America
reviewed by Michael K. Honey

Pete Daniel
Toxic Drift:  Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (review)
    reviewed by Otis L. Graham

Jim Carrier
A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement (review)
reviewed by S. Willoughby Anderson

Daniel Patterson
A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver (review)
reviewed by Brooke Calton

Al Burt
The Tropic of Cracker (review)
reviewed by Carolyn Kindell, KC Smith, Andi Milam Reynolds


Calder Loth
The Virginia Landmarks Register, Fourth Edition (review) 
reviewed by Henry Taylor


David Cecelski
The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina (review)
reviewed by William Scott

Bruce E. Baker
What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South 
reviewed by Michael Kammen
Full Issue for KindleNook, and Sony Reader

Donald Edward Davis
Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians(review)
     reviewed by Frank G. Queen

Anthony Dunbar, editor (foreword by Jimmy Carter)
Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent (review)
    reviewed by E. M. Beck

Margaret Lynn Brown
The Wild East: A Biography of the Great Smoky Mountains (review)
reviewed by Frank G. Queen

Hazel Dickens and Bill C. Malone
Working Girl Blues: The Life & Music of Hazel Dickens (review)
    reviewed by Joshua Guthman