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The Inaugural Issue, 1993

Pioneer Commercial Photography: The Burgert Brothers of Tampa, Florida
by Robert E. Snyder and Jack B. Moore
reviewed by Jim Carnes

Equal before the Lens: Jno. Trlica’s Photographs of Granger, Texas 

by Barbara McCandless
reviewed by Jim Carnes

Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War
by Drew Gilpin Faust
reviewed by William L. Barney

Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South
by Victoria E. Bynum
reviewed by Suzanne Lebsock

Home Ground: Southern Autobiography
By J. Bill Berry, editor
reviewed by Dolan Hubbard

The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction
by Edward L. Ayers
reviewed by Robert C. McMath Jr.

Morgan Sexton: Bull Creek Banjo Player
Film by Anne Johnson
reviewed by Wayne Martin

Homeplaces: The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina
by Michael Ann Williams
reviewed by Chris Wilson

The Emergence of David Duke and the Politics of Race
by Douglas Rose, editor
reviewed by Richard A. Pride

From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980
by Bruce J, Schulman
reviewed by Carl Abbott


Volume 1, Number 1, Fall 1994

Embattled Emblem: The Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag, 1861 to the Present
An Exhibition at the Museum of the Confederacy
reviewed by Edward L. Ayers

Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815
by Katherine E. Holland Braund
reviewed by Peter H. Wood

Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century

by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
reviewed by Clarence E. Walker

Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization

by Arnold R. Hirsch and Joseph Lodsdon, editors
reviewed by Karen Trahan Leathem

African American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South

by Richard Westmacott
reviewed by John Rashford

Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery

by John Michael Vlach
reviewed by Thomas W. Hanchett

Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy
by Winthrop D. Jordan
reviewed by Charles Joyner

Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930

by William A. Link
reviewed by Stephen Kantrowitz

Step Back Cindy: Oldtime Dancing in Southwest Virginia
a film by Anne Johnston
reviewed by Wayne Martin

Exiles and Fugitives: The Letters of Jacques and Raîssa Maritain, Allen Tate, and Carolina Gordon
John M. Dunaway, editor
reviewed by Alphonse Vinh

Unheard Voices: The First Historians of Southern Women
Anne Firor Scott, editor
reviewed by Jacqueline Jones

Southern Women: Histories and Identities
Virginia Berhnard, Betty Brandon, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, and Theda Perue, editors
reviewed by Kathleen C. Berkeley

We Shall Overcome
Film by California Newsreel
reviewed by Trudier Harris

The Color of Their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954-89
by Robert A. Pratt’s
reviewed by George W. Noblit

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

by Owen W. Gilman Jr.
reviewed by Melton McLaurin


Volume 1, Number 2, Winter 1995

The White Furniture Company of Mebane: The Final Months
by Bill Bamburger
reviewed by Peter Filene

Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783

by Daniel H. Usner Jr.
reviewed by Eric Hinderaker

Freedom’s Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders during Reconstruction

by Eric Foner
reviewed by Wayne K. Durrill

The Letters of a Victorian Madwoman
by John, S. Hughes, editor
reviewed by Anastatia Sims

Daughters of Time: Creating Woman’s Voice in Southern Story
by Lucinda H. MacKethan
reviewed by Sarah Gordon

For God, Country, and Coca-Cola: The Unauthorized History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It
by Mark Pendergrast
reviewed by Annette C. Wright

Organizing the Breathless: Cotton Dust, Southern Politics, and the Brown Lung Association
by Robert E. Botsch
reviewed by Bennett M. Judkins

Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
by Danny Lyon
Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
by Charles W. Eagles
reviewed by Steven F. Lawson

Southern Baptists Observed: Multiple Perspectives on a Changing Denomination

by Nancy Tatom Ammerman, editor
reviewed by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

The South Moves Into Its Future: Studies in the Analysis and Prediction of Social Change

by Joseph S. Himes
reviewed by Dwight B. Billings

They Didn’t Put That on the Huntley-Brinkley! A Vagabond Reporter Encounters the New South

by Hunter James
reviewed by Ferrel Guillory

Graphic Arts and the South: Proceedings of the 1990 North American Print Conference

Judy L. Larson and Cynthia Payne, editors
reviewed by Leo Mazow

Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1995

The Neugents: “Close to Home”
by David M. Spear
reviewed by Pamela Grundy

Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
by Richard J. Powell
reviewed by Jessie Poesch

Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
by Jerald T. Milanich
reviewed by H. Trawick Ward

The Seminoles of Florida
by James W. Covington
reviewed by Patricia B. Lerch

Masters and Lords: Mid-Nineteenth-Century U.S. Planters and Prussian Junkers
by Shearer Davis Bowman
reviewed by Walter Hickel

Louisiana Women Writers: New Essays and a Comprehensive Biography
by Dorothy H. Brown and Barbara C. Ewell, editors
reviewed by Margaret M. Geddy

Dearest Chums and Partners–Joel Chandler Harris’s Letters to His Children
by Hugh T. Keenan, editor
reviewed by David B. Parker

Yellow Fever and Public Health in the New South
by John H. Ellis
reviewed by Allan D. Charles

Carter G. Woodson: A Life in Black History
by Jacqueline Goggin
reviewed by Nell Irvin Painter

The Old Ship of Zion: The Afro-Baptist Ritual in the African Diaspora
by Walter F. Pitts
reviewed by Jerrilyn McGregory

Voices from Alabama: A Twentieth-Century Mosaic
by J. Mack Lofton Jr.
reviewed by Wayne Flynt

Black and White: Reflections of a White Southern Sociologist
by Lewis M. Killian
reviewed by Leslie Dunbar

Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom
by Richard H. King
reviewed by Charles W. Eagles

Volume 1, Number 4, Summer 1995

Roy Blount’s Book of Southern Humor
by Roy Blount Jr., editor
reviewed by Michael McFee

From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880
by Joseph P. Reidy
reviewed by Mitchell Snay

Freedom on the Border: The Seminole Maroons in Florida, the Indian Territory, Coahuila, and Texas
by Kevin Mulroy
reviewed by James E. Crisp

Great and Noble Jar: Traditional Stoneware of North Carolina
by Cinda K. Baldwin
reviewed by Thomas S. Edwards

After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839-1880
by William G. McLoughlin
reviewed by Rowena McClinton Ruff

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
by William Walker
reviewed by Henry Eskew

Urban Vigilantes in the New South: Tampa, 1882-1936
by Robert P. Ingalls
reviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina
by Amelia Wallace Vernon
reviewed by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Farm Security Administration Photographs of Florida
by Michael Carlebach and Eugene F. Provenzo Jr., editors
reviewed by Augustus Burns

I Say Me for a Parable–The Oral Autobiography of Mance Lipscomb, Texas Bluesman
by Glen Alyn
reviewed by David Evans

Images of the South: Constructing a Regional Culture on Film and Video
by Karl G. Heider, editor
reviewed by Ruth A. Banes

The Fable of the Southern Writer
by Lewis P. Simpson’s
reviewed by Michael Kreyling

Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta
by Tom Rankin
reviewed by Susan Kidd

The Airwaves of Zion: Radio and Religion in Appalachia
by Howard Dorgan
reviewed by Ben Steelman

A Southern Collection: Select Works from a Permanent Collection of Painting in the South Prepared for the Opening of the Morris Museum
by Estill Curtis Pennington
reviewed by Carolina Mesrobian Hickman

Volume 2, Number 1, Fall 1995

To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature
by Eric J. Sundquist
reviewed by Joel Williamson

Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge
by Charles B. Dew
reviewed by Winthrop D. Jordan

Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine
by Holly Beachley Brear
reviewed by James E. Crisp

Kenneth and John B. Rayner and the Limits of Southern Dissent
by Gregg Cantrell
reviewed by Paul D. Escott

The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900
by Nina Silber
reviewed by James L. Peacock

Bittersweet Legacy: The Black and White “Better Classes” in Charlotte, 1850-1910
by Janette Thomas Greenwood
reviewed by Frye Gaillard

The Sanctified South: John Lakin Brasher and the Holiness Movement 
by J. Lawrence Brasher
reviewed by Donald G. Mathews

Where the River Runs Deep: The Story of a Mississippi River Pilot
by Joy J. Jackson
reviewed by Lynn Roundtree

Erskine Caldwell: A Biography 
by Harvey L. Klevar
reviewed by Fred Hobson

The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama 
by E. Culpepper Clark
reviewed by Tinsley E. Yarbrough


Volume 2, Number 2, Winter 1996

Andersonville: The Last Depot
by William Marvel
reviewed by Robert C. Kenzer

The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past
by Jim Cullen
reviewed by David Glassberg

An Evening When Alone: Four Journals of Single Women in the South, 1827-67
by Michael O’Brien
reviewed by Christopher Morris

From Congregation Town to Industrial City: Culture and Social Change in a Southern Community
by Michael Shirley
reviewed by Tom Hanchett

Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan
by Nancy MacLean
reviewed by John Herbert Roper

Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972
by Adam Fairclough
reviewed by Lawrence N. Powell

Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South
by David S. Cecelski
reviewed by Michele Foster

Surveying the South: Studies in Regional Sociology
by John Shelton Reed
reviewed by John David Smith

Volume 2, Numbers 3 and 4, 1996

And Gently He Shall Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi
by Eric R. Burner
Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
by John Dittmer
reviewed by Brian Ward

The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics
by George C. Rable
reviewed by Lacy K. Ford Jr.

Conflict of Interests: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-1968
by Alan Draper
reviewed by John Salmond

William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education
by William A. Link
reviewed by Clarence L. Mohr

Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885
by Bernard E. Powers Jr.
reviewed by Charles Pete Banner-Haley

Good Country People: An Irregular Journal of the Cultures of Eastern North Carolina
by Arthur Mann Kaye, editor
by Shelby Stephenson, photographs by Roger Manley
reviewed by James Applewhite

Living Moments: Confederate Soldiers’ Homes in the New South
by R.B. Rosenburg
reviewed by Karen L. Cox

At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia, and Its People
by Marie Tyler-McGraw
reviewed by Christopher Silver

The Fish Factory: Work and Meaning for Black and White Fishermen of the American Menhaden Industry
by Barbara J. Garrity-Blake
reviewed by Michael Luster

High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music, VHS video format

by Rachel Liebling
reviewed by Todd Moye


Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 1997

Culture of Honor: The Psychology of Violence in the South
by Richard E. Nisbett and Dov Cohen
reviewed by Julius Rowan Raper

The South in Modern America: A Region at Odds
by Dewey W. Grantham
reviewed by William A. Link

Southern Writers and Their Worlds

by Christopher Morris and Steven G. Reinhardt, editors
reviewed by Tonita Branan

The Forgotten Centuries: Indian and Europeans in the American South, 1521-1704
by Charles Hudson and Carmen Chaves Tesser, editors
reviewed by Sarah H. Hill

The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region
by H.E. Cornstock
reviewed by Charles G. Zug III

Daughters of Canaan: A Saga of Southern Women
by Margaret Ripley Wolfe
reviewed by Judith E. Funston

Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America Dickson, 1849-1893
by Kent Anderson Leslie
reviewed by Janette Thomas Greenwood

Like Judgement Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood
by Michael D’Orso
reviewed by Steven F. Lawson

Silver Rights
by Constance Curry
reviewed by Robert Coles

Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 1997

The Landscape of Louis Rémy Mignot, a Southern Painter Abroad 
catalogue and exhibition
by Katherine E. Manthore, with John Coffey
reviewed by Peter H. Wood

Cleanth Brooks and the Rise of Modern Criticism
by Mark Royden Winchell
reviewed by Michael Kreyling

The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil 
by Cyrus B. Dawsey and James M. Dawsey
reviewed by John Chasteen

Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775
by Marvin L. Michael Kay and Lorin Lee Cary
reviewed by Timothy J. Lockley

The Times Were Strange and Stirring
by Reginald F. Hidebrand
reviewed by Joseph M. Flora

Seasoned by Salt: A Historical Album of the Outer Banks
by Rodney Barfield
reviewed by Loyd Little

Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present
by Alice Rae Yelen, editor
reviewed by Anne L. McClanan

Volume 3, Number 3, Fall 1997

Women’s Work, Men’s Work: The Informal Slave Economics of Lowcountry Georgia
by Betty Wood
Working Toward Freedom: Slave Society and Domestic Economy in the American South
by Larry E. Hudson Jr., editor
reviewed by LeeAnn Whites

Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860
by Christopher Morris
reviewed by Ronald L. F. Davis

John E. Cashin, editor
Our Common Affairs: Texts from Women in the Old South
reviewed by Kathryn McKee

Paul D. Escott, editor
North Carolina Yeoman: The Diary of Basil Armstrong Thomasson, 1853-1862
reviewed by S. Charles Bolton

Samuel S. Hill’s
One Name but Several Faces: Variety in Popular Christian Denominations in Southern History
reviewed by Kathleen Joyce

James L. Leloudis’s
Schooling the New South: Pedagogy, Self, and Society in North Carolina, 1880-1920
reviewed by Richard Barry Westin

Sidney R. Bland’s
Preserving Charleston’s Past, Shaping Its Future: The Life and Times of Susan Pringle Frost
reviewed by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Choong Soon Kim’s
Japanese Industry in the American South
reviewed by W. Miles Fletcher III

Ronnie Pugh’s
Earnest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour
Craig Morrison’s
Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers

reviewed by Bill C. Malone

Volume 3, Number 4, Winter 1997

Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s
The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family and
The Literary Percys: Family History, Gender, and the Southern Imagination
reviewed by Tom McHaney

Jay Tolson, editor
The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy
reviewed by Fred Hobson

Roland L. Freeman’s
A Communion of Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories
reviewed by David Crosby

Jerald T. Milanich’s
Florida Indians and the Invasions from Europe
reviewed by Amy Turner Bushnell

Jeannie M. Whayne’s
A New Plantation South: Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in Twentieth-Century Arkansas
reviewed by Gilbert C. Fite

John A. Salmond’s
Gastonia 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike
reviewed by Michelle Brattain

Dan Carter’s
From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994 
reviewed by Ferrel Guillory

John Wilds, Charles L. Dufour, and Walter G. Cowan’s
Louisiana, Yesterday and Today: A Historical Guide to the State
reviewed by George S. Lonsing

Margaret Earley Whitt’s
Understanding Flannery O’Connor
Ted R. Spivey’s
Flannery O’Connor: The Woman, the Thinker, the Visionary
Joanne Halleran McMullen’s
Writing against God: Language as Message in the Literature of Flannery O’Connor
reviewed by Rachel V. Mills


Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 1998

Davison M. Douglas
Reading, Writing and Race: The Desegregation of the Charlotte Schools
reviewed by Robert A. Pratt

Michael A. Morrison
Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil War
reviewed by William L. Barney

Drew Gilpin Faust
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War
reviewed by Elizabeth D. Leonard

Mary Ann Wimsatt, editor
Tales of the South by William Gilmore Simms
reviewed by Johanna Nicol Shields

Rodger Lyle Brown
Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit: The Culture of Festivals in the American South
reviewed by William Harmon

Alex Harris, editor
A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South
reviewed by Alex Albright

Rhapsodies in Black
an exhibition reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed

Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 1998

Trudier Harris’s
The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller’s Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan
reviewed by Margaret D. Bauer

Charles Hudson’s
Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South’s Ancient Chiefdoms
reviewed by Peter H. Wood

J. Russell Snapp’s
John Stuart and the Struggle for Empire on the Southern Frontier
reviewed by Robert M. Weir

Carol Bleser, editor
Tokens of Affection: The Letters of a Planter’s Daughter in the Old South
reviewed by Jane Turner Censer

Jeanette Keith’s
Country People in the New South: Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland
reviewed by Michael Lienesch

Larry J. Griffin and Don H. Doyle, editors
The South as an American Problem
reviewed by Peter A. Coclanis

Dan B. Miller’s
Erskine Caldwell: The Journey from Tobacco Road
Wayne Mixon’s
The People’s Writer: Erskine Caldwell and the South
reviewed by Bryant Simon

Vernon Chadwick, editor
In Search of Elvis: Music, Race, Art, and Religion
reviewed by William McCranor Henderson

J. W. Williamson’s
Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies
reviewed by James C. Wann

Jon Michael Spencer’s
Re-Searching Black Music
reviewed by Michael Taft

Alexander S. Leidholdt’s
Standing Before the Shouting Mob: Lenoir Chambers and Virginia’s Massive Resistance to Public-School Integration
reviewed by Carl Tobias

David T. Morgan’s
The New Crusades, the New Holy Land: Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1969-1991
reviewed by James L. Peacock

Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes’s
Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks
reviewed by Bruce Southard

Volume 4, Number 3, Fall 1998

Roscoe Holcomb, The High Lonesome Sound
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960-1966
Don Rigsby, A Vision
A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings
reviewed by Gavin James Campbell

Christine Leigh Heyrman’s
Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
reviewed by Gaines M. Foster

Michael J. Puglisi, editor
Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier
reviewed by John C. Willis

Kenneth S. Greenberg’s
Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, The Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South
reviewed by Catherine Clinton

Mary Beth Pudup, Dwight B. Billings, and Altina L. Waller, editors
Appalachia in the Making: The Mountain South in the Nineteenth Century
reviewed by David E. Whisnant

Mart A. Stewart’s
“What Nature Suffers to Groe”: Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-1920
reviewed by Albert E. Cowdrey

Henry M. McKiven Jr.’s
Iron and Steel: Class, Race, and Community in Birmingham, Alabama, 1875-1920
reviewed by Tim Minchin

David B. Freeman’s
Carved in Stone: The History of Stone Mountain
reviewed by John M. Coski

Mark Taylor Dalhouse’s
An Island in the Lake of Fire: Bob Jones University, Fundamentalism and the Separatist Movement
reviewed by Charles W. Dunn

Charles Reagan Wilson’s
Judgment & Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis
reviewed by Wayne Flynt

Volume 4, Number 4, Winter 1998

Richard Pells’s
Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II
reviewed by Richard H. King

W. C. Corsan’s
Two Months in the Confederate States: An Englishman’s Travels Through the South
reviewed by Susan H. Irons

LeeAnn Whites’s
The Civil War as a Crisis in Gender: Augusta, Georgia, 1860-1890
reviewed by Anne M. Valk

Fon Louise Gordon’s
Caste and Class: The Black Experience in Arkansas, 1880-1920
reviewed by Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman

Alex Lichtenstein’s
Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South
Matthew J. Mancini’s
One Dies, Get Another: Convict Leasing in the American South, 1866-1928
reviewed by Henry McKiven

Pamela Tyler’s
Silk Stockings and Ballot Boxes: Women and Politics in New Orleans, 1920-1963
reviewed by Marjorie Spruill Wheeler

Dorothy M. Scura, editor
Ellen Glasgow: New Perspectives
reviewed by Susan V. Donaldson

J. Lee Greene’s
Blacks in Eden: The African American Novel’s First Century
reviewed by John Leland

Gérard Herzhaft’s
Encyclopedia of the Blues
reviewed by Clyde Edgerton

Nolan Porterfield’s
Last Cavalier: The Life and Times of John A. Lomax
reviewed by Beverly B. Patterson

Charles W. Dryden’s
A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
reviewed by Jill Snider

Peter G. Bourne’s
Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Postpresidency
Kenneth E. Morris’s
Jimmy Carter: American Moralist
reviewed by Leo P. Ribuffo

The Hammons Family: The Traditions of a West Virginia Family and Their Friends
Children of the Heav’nly King: Religious Expression in the Central Blue Ridge
The North Carolina Banjo Collection
Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions
reviewed by Gavin James Campbell  


Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 1999

Philip J. Schwarz’s
Slave Laws in Virginia
reviewed by Thomas D. Morris

Edward D. C. Cambell Jr. and Kym S. Rice, editors
A Woman’s War: Southern Women, Civil War, and the Confederate Legacy
reviewed by LeeAnn Whites

W. Fitzhugh Brundage’s
A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901
reviewed by Christopher H. Owen

Tracy Elaine K’Meyer’s
Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South: The Story of Koinonia Farm
reviewed by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Elna C. Green’s
Southern Strategies: Southern Women and the Woman Suffrage Question
reviewed by Pamela Tyler

Tommy L. Bogger’s
Free Blacks in Norfolk, Virginia, 1790-1860: The Darker Side of Freedom
reviewed by Robert C. Kenzer

Xi Wang’s
The Trial of Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860-1910
reviewed by John David Smith

Mark A. Fossett and M. Therese Seibert’s
Long Time Coming: Racial Inequality in the Nonmetropolitan South, 1940-1990
reviewed by Robert A. Margo

James Axtell’s
The Indians’ New South: Cultural Change in the Colonial Southeast
reviewed by Tim Alan Garrison

Tenth Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes
The Influence of Women on the Southern Landscape
reviewed by Rachel V. Mills

Ray Jenkins’s
Blind Vengeance: The Roy Moody Mail Bomb Murders
Byron Woodfin’s
Lay Down with Dogs: The Story of Hugh Otis Bynum and the Scottsboro First Monday Bombing
reviewed by Larry J. Griffin

Thomas E. Douglass’s
A Room Forever: The Life, Work, and Letters of Breece D’J Pancake
reviewed by Ruel Foster

Kenny Dalsheimer’s
Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange County Speedway
reviewed by Elizabeth A. Fenn

Conjunto Bernal, 16 Early Tejano Classics, and: Santiago Jimenez Jr., Purely Instrumental
Jim Mills, Bound to Ride, and: Nashville Bluegrass Band, American Beauty
Mississippi String Bands: Traditional Fiddle Music of Mississippi
Mama Don’t Allow No Easy Riders Here: Strutting the Dozens, and: Shake Your Wicked Knees: Rent Parties and Good Times
reviewed by Gavin James Campbell  

Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1999 

Tom Wolfe’s
A Man in Full
reviewed by John Shelton Reed

The Museum of the New South
Don’t Touch That Dial: Carolina Radio Since the 1920s
reviewed by Lisa Yarger

Julia Sims, with an introduction by John Randolf Kemp
Manchac Swamp: Louisiana’s Undiscovered Wilderness
reviewed by Bland Simpson

Clarice T. Campbell’s
Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the South
reviewed by Melton McLaurin

Laura F. Edwards’s
Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction
reviewed by Christopher Waldrep

John C. Guilds and Caroline Collins, editors
William Gilmore Simms and the American Frontier, and: From Nationalism to Secessionism: The Changing Fiction of William Gilmore Simms
reviewed by Michael O’Brien

Chuck Guillory, Grand Texas, and: Wade Frugé, Old Style Cajun Music
Dock Boggs, His Folkways Years, 1963-1968
I Can’t Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers—Town & Country (vols. 1 and 2)
Bob Holt, Got a Little Home To Go To
reviewed by Gavin James Campbell 

Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 1999

Jerry W. Cotten’s
Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten
reviewed by Jessie Poesch

Art Rosenbaum’s
Shout Because You’re Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition
reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed

Frank De Caro, editor
Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers’ Tales and Literary Journeys
reviewed by Gaines M. Foster

William E. Ellis’s
Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique
reviewed by Walter E. Campbell

John Hope Franklin and John Whittington Franklin, editors
My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin
reviewed by Jimmie Lewis Franklin

Sheila L. Croucher’s
Imagining Miami: Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World
reviewed by Raymond Arsenault

Tom Rankin, editor
Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain
reviewed by Christopher Brookhouse

Kentucky Old-Time Banjo, and: Morgan Sexton, Shady Grove
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Original Band, and: G.B. Grayson and Henry Witter, The Recordings of Grayson & Witter
Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds, Who Stole My Monkey?

Caribbean Sampler
Lydia Mendoza, Vida Mia
reviewed by Gavin James Campbell

Volume 5, Number 4, Winter 1999

Mojo Productions, in association with Company Carolina and the UNC Department of Communication Studies
Good Ol’ Girls, the world premiere

reviewed by Shannon Ravenel
“She’ll bring you casseroles and she’ll kill you, too.”

Richard J. Powell and Jock Reynolds’s
To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Patti Carr Black’s
Art in Mississippi: 1720-1980

reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed
“The art of the South has, until recently, been terra incognita.”

Nancy C. Parrish’s
Lee Smith, Annie Dillard, and the Hollins Group: A Genesis of Writers
reviewed by Amy Thompson McCandless
“It was like falling into a womb.”

Jane S. Becker’s
Selling Tradition: Appalachia and the Construction of an American Folk, 1930-1940
reviewed by Marla R. Miller
“We like the money we make, that’s all.”

Bryant Simon’s
A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands
reviewed by Alex Lichtenstein
“It will no longer be possible to write off this group of white southerners as mere ignorant racists.”

John M. Grammer’s
Pastoral and Politics in the Old South
reviewed by Mark G. Malvasi
“They were wise innocents dwelling in an enduring, earthly paradise.”

Bruce Adelson’s
Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor-League Baseball in the American South
reviewed by Steven F. Lawson
“They saw themselves as heirs to Jackie Robinson’s legacy.”

Big Joe Williams and Friends, Going Back to Crawford, and: Black Appalachia String Bands, Songsters and Hoedowns
Music From the Lost Provinces: Old-Time Stringbands from Ashe County, North Carolina & Vicinity, 1927-1931, and: Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, vols. 1-3
Black Texicans, Balladeers and Songsters of the Texas Frontier, and: Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls
Taquachito Nights, Conjunto Music From South Texas
reviewed by Gavin James Campbell


Volume 6, Number 4, Winter 2000

John B. Rehder
Delta Sugar: Louisiana’s Vanishing Plantation Landscape (review)
reviewed by John Michael Vlach
“‘The plant would be dumping fifty-three million gallons of wastewater in the Mississippi daily.’” 

Stephen Cushman
Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (review)
reviewed by William L. Barney
“The great value of an eyewitness account–its unvarnished emotion and immediacy–comes at a price.”

William G. Thomas
Lawyering for the Railroad: Business, Law, and Power in the New South (review)
reviewed by Frank G. Queen
“‘I amused myself by counting the cars scattered along the track and turned over by recent wrecks, and got tired when the number reached twenty-five.’” 

Pete Daniel
Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s (review)
reviewed by Fred C. Hobson
“In Ellis Auditorium in Memphis in 1955, twenty-year-old Elvis Presley, one year removed from obscurity, stands with his arm around bluesman B. B. King.”


Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 2001

Calder Loth
The Virginia Landmarks Register, Fourth Edition (review) 
reviewed by Henry Taylor
“He addressed the Vatican, suggesting that the Sistine Chapel ceiling had been more dignified before Michelangelo came in there and started mucking about with his scaffolding and his angst.” 

Ken Breslauer
Roadside Paradise (review) 
reviewed by Robert E. Snyder
“Miami’s Monkey Jungle reversed the traditional exhibit format by placing humans inside protective walkways while primates ran free.”

Michael McFee, editor
This Is Where We Live: Short Stories by 25 Contemporary North Carolina Writers (review) 
reviewed by George Hovis
“‘For the artist to be unwilling to move, mentally or spiritually or physically, out of the familiar is a sign that spiritual timidity or poverty or decay has come upon him.’”

Lucinda MacKethan, editor
Recollections of a Southern Daughter: A Memoir by Cornelia Jones Pond of Liberty County (review)
Allan Paul Speer, editor, with Janet Barton Speer
Sisters of Providence: The Search for God in the Frontier South, 1843-1858 (review)
Laura Edwards
Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (review)
reviewed by Julia Ridley Smith
“The girls’ desire to leave a mark upon the world and make themselves heard is plaintive and constant throughout their writing.”

Volume 7, Number 3, Fall 2001

Mark Catesby
Catesby’s Birds of Colonial America (review)
reviewed by T. Edward Nickens
“Catesby broke rank with other naturalists, including the professionally trained Linnaeus, when he lambasted theories that birds hibernated in hollow trees or dove into the bottom of lakes and stayed there during the winter.”

Donald Edward Davis
Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians(review)
Daniel S. Pierce
The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park (review)
Margaret Lynn Brown
The Wild East: A Biography of the Great Smoky Mountains (review)
reviewed by Frank G. Queen
“He catalogued the plants he didn’t step on, the friendly people he met (he liked everybody, and everything–he devotes a couple of pages to the excellent character of the rattlesnake), and the liquor he didn’t drink.”

Daniel Patterson
A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver (review)
reviewed by Brooke Calton
“In the winter of 1831 Frankie Silver killed her husband Charlie with a blow to the head from an axe.”

Al Burt
The Tropic of Cracker (review)
Janisse Ray and Rob Storter
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (review)
Rob Storter
Crackers in the Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades (review)
reviewed by Carolyn Kindell, KC Smith, Andi Milam Reynolds
“Her father locked the children and their mother in a back bedroom, and only after several hours and pleadings of hunger from the family did he allow Lee Ada to pick, with her eyes closed, a single package from the freezer to be eaten uncooked, because ‘that’s the way God says to feed the children.’”

Volume 7, Number 4, Winter 2001

Erik Larson
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (review)
Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Haynes Turner
Galveston and the 1900 Storm: Castastrophe and Catalyst (review)
Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly
Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm (review)
reviewed by Jay Barnes
“In one wretched night of wind and water in September 1900, Galveston endured a great hurricane that is still regarded as the deadliest natural disaster ever known to strike American soil.”

John C. Inscoe and Gordon B. McKinney
The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War (review)
W. Todd Grace
Mountain Rebels: East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War, 1860-1870
reviewed by Jan Davidson
“Their ancestors were almost as likely to have been Unionists as Confederates, and if they were Confederates, about one in four deserted.”

Shelly Romalis
Pistol Packin’ Mama: Aunt Molly Jackson and the Politics of Folksong (review)
reviewed by Patrick Huber
“She boasted that she was the inspiration for the 1943 smash hit ‘Pistol Packin’ Mama’ written, she asserted, not by Al Dexter but by her husband’s cousin to commemorate her own handiness with a .38 Smith & Wesson.”


Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2002

Sarah-Patton Boyle
The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian’s Stand in Time of Transition (review)
reviewed by Melton Alonze McLaurin
“‘We’re all bastards; God loves us anyway.’”

David Cecelski
The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina (review)
reviewed by William Scott
“Slave boatmen carried more than goods and runaway slaves; they carried an insurgent, democratic vision born in the maritime districts of the slave South.”

David W. Blight
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (review)
reviewed by Bruce. E. Baker
“‘Yes, though naked, we are your masters.’”

Ralph W. Johnson
David Played a Harp: A Free Man’s Battle for Independence (review)
reviewed by Hunter James
“He soon lost count of how many times the windows of his shop had been shot out by vigilantes passing through in the night.”

Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2002

Helen Taylor
Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture through a Transatlantic Lens (review) 
reviewed by Brian Ward
“In 1958 a newspaper survey of thirty British schoolchildren revealed that although only twelve of the fourteen-year-olds had heard of Dwight Eisenhower, seven of Nikita Khrushchev, and four of Jawaharlal Nehru, “everyone was on Christian name terms with a Mr. Presley.”

David. R. Davies
The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement (review)
reviewed by Berkly Hudson
“In the late 1960s, in an act of teen-aged defiance against the waning Closed Society, I took a hammer to remove a ‘colored reception room’ sign outside a white doctor’s office.” 

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
“Most can remember that 1963 began in Alabama with Governor George Wallace’s famous inaugural declaration ‘segregation now…segregation tomorrow…segregation forever.’”

Volume 8, Number 3, Fall 2002

Donald M. Kartiganer
Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect (review)
reviewed by Stephen M. Ross
“Much of what we say about Faulkner we are really saying about ourselves.”

Erik Bledsoe
Perspectives on Harry Crews (review)
reviewed by Frank W. Shelton
“‘I do think that if I live, and assuming they don’t blow the frigging world up, that I’ll finish Assault of Memory because I really want to write it, but, damn, it’s ugly.”

Volume 8, Number 4, Winter 2002

Elaine Mensh and Harry Mensh
Black, White, and Huckleberry Finn: Re-imagining the American Dream (review)
reviewed by Christopher Windolph
“‘Persons attempting to find a motive will be prosecuted.’”

Kari A. Frederickson
The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968 (review)
reviwed by Jack Bass
“‘There’s not enough troops in the Army to force the southern people to admit the Negro race into our schools and into our homes.’”

Walter M. Brasch
Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and the ‘Cornfield Journalist': The Tale of Joel Chandler Harris (review)
reviewed by Jennifer Lynn Ritterhouse
“Harris is not only odorless but invisible–forgotten, ignored.”

Gregg D. Kimball
American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond (review)
Wesley Phillips
Montgomery in the Good War: Portrait of a Southern City, 1939-1946 (review)
reviewed by David R. Goldfield
“Wars change lives. How the Civil War and World War II did and did not remain fascinating issues for southern writers.”

Clive Webb
Fight Against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights (review)
reviewed by Eliza R. L. McGraw
“‘There is only one word to describe their madness—Godlessness.’”

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
“The Valley served as a natural corridor of migration from the middle Atlantic colonies into the southern backcountry, and as such developed a distinctive character.”


Volume 9, Number 1, Spring 2003

Harlan Greene
Mr. Skylark: John Bennett and the Charleston Renaissance (review)
reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed
“Charleston society cut him dead, and he began again the cycle of illness, depression, and addiction.”

Harvey Broome
Out Under the Sky of the Great Smokies: A Personal Journal (review)
reviewed by Daniel S. Pierce
“Broome relished hiking through mist-shrouded old-growth forests, sleeping in the rain, or rock-hopping in winter on ice-covered boulders.”

Michelle Brattain
The Politics of Whiteness: Race, Workers, and Culture in the Modern South (review)
reviewed by Carl Burkart
“No wonder federal efforts to integrate schools and workplaces met with hard-line opposition from white mill-hands.”

Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon
Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives (review)
reviewed by Nina Silber
“Would the war have gone differently if Stonewall Jackson or William Sherman had listened more to their wives?”

Don Harrison Doyle 
Faulkner’s County: The Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha (review)
reviewed by Linda Wagner-Martin
“Faulkner and his work remain lynchpins of the study of southern culture.”

Benjamin R. Justesen
George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life (review)
     reviewed by John H. Haley
“In July 1900, George Henry White allegedly stated, ‘May God damn North Carolina, the state of my birth.’”

Randy J. Sparks
Religion in Mississippi (review)
reviewed by David Edwin Harrell
“‘Attacked by right-wing segregationists for being too liberal and almost equally denounced by their coreligionists outside the region for being too conservative, white religious leaders across the state were virtually paralyzed.’”

Volume 9, Number 2, Summer 2003

Hunter James
The Last Days of Big Grassy Fork (review)
reviewed by Fred C. Hobson
“James can certainly laugh at himself and his forebears–at his grandfather’s flying leap from a second-floor whorehouse window to a sturdy maple during the great Winston flook of 1916.”

David R. Goldfield
Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History (review)
reviewed by David W. Blight
“Southerners have, since 1865, lived under a ‘burden’ of history and memory.”

Bill C. Malone
Don’t Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class (review)
reviewed by Patrick Huber
“‘You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.”

Volume 9, Number 3, Fall 2003

Fred C. Hobson
South to the Future: An American Region in the Twenty-first Century (review)
reviewed by Michael Kreyling
“When Tiger Woods (whose presence at Augusta swinging a club rather than carrying a bag changed golf–and Fuzzy Zoeller’s career) won his third green jacket this past April, golf writers complained that the competition had given up.”

Brooke Blevins
Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image (review)
reviewed by John C. Inscoe
“The Ozarks have long suffered from an image problem. Even compared with Appalachia–itself no stranger to degrading stereotypes and blatant misrepresentation–these other southern highlands have been exceptionally maligned.”

Volume 9, Number 4, Winter 2003

Christopher Metress, editor
The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative (review)
reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield
“After all, once Moses Wright pointed his finger at ‘Big’ Milam in court, the identity of the killers was not in doubt.”

Don Harrison Doyle
Nations Divided: America, Italy, and the Southern Question (review)
reviewed by Susan Delfino
“Northerners were not all angels, just as southerners were not all devils.”

Jim Wright
Fixin’ To Git: One Fan’s Love Affair with NASCAR’s Winston Cup (review)
reviewed by Dan Pierce
“As far as love affairs go, unfortunately, Fixin’ to Git is the equivalent of a one-night stand.”


Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2004

Henry Clay Anderson
Separate, But Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson (review)
reviewed by Todd J. Moye
“Wedding couples beam. Bathing beauties strut their stuff. A homecoming queen waves from the back of a convertible. A couple of motorcycle riders simply show off in one of the most evocative portraits I have ever seen.”

René Pol Nevils and Deborah George Hardy
Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole (review)
reviewed by Bryan Giemza
“I don’t intend to suggest that sexual matters are always beyond the pale. No, the sin of it is simply this: the claims in the book are very thin indeed.”

Karen L. Cox
Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture (review)
reviewed by Gaines M. Foster
“Women, not men, shaped the South’s memory of the war and thereby perpetuated a ‘Confederate culture’ that celebrated mainly the veterans but also the women of the wartime generation.”

James R. Goff Jr.
Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel (review)  
reviewed by James Parrish
“Southern gospel is as important to America’s musical and cultural heritage as are jazz, blues, and country.”

Earl Black and Merle Black
The Rise of Southern Republicans (review)
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
“Republican campaigns that skillfully employed race-based symbols like those linked to urban crime, school busing, and ‘big government’ often managed both to depress turnout among white southern democrats and prompt defections to the GOP.”

Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2004

Rob Amberg
Sodom Laurel Album (review)
reviewed by Cary Fowler
“How unusual these days to hold a book whose size, layout, typeface–everything down to the texture of the hardcover (reminiscent of old photo and record albums)–has been thought through and woven together with such craftsmanship.”

Trudier Harris
Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South (review)
reviewed by Melton Alonza McLaurin
“Her conclusions, a mixture of experience and hope, recognize the changes that have occurred in her native region, the racial tensions that remain, and the hope for a better tomorrow.”

Suzanne Lebsock
A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial (review)
reviewed by S. Willoughby Anderson
“Intricately constructed from rural county court records and newspaper clippings, Murder in Virginia reads like the best of crime novels.”

Volume 10, Number 3, Fall 2004

George P. Garrett, James McKinley (Editor)
Southern Excusions: Views on Southern Letters in My Time (review)
    reviewed by Samuel F. Pickering
“George Garrett’s presence turns dark rooms brighter than rainbows. He makes people smile, and for moments worry grinds slower and life seems more gift than burden. In George’s company scoffers become appreciators.”

J. Mills Thornton
Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma
reviewed by Ralph Luker
“To understand the Montgomery bus boycott, Birmingham’s dramatic street confrontations, and the struggle for the enfranchisement of Selma’s African Americans, Thornton insists, we must immerse ourselves in the minute details of local politics before and after these events.”

David L. Carlton and Peter A. Coclanis  
The South, the Nation, and the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development 
reviewed by Gavin Wright
“Those slave traders and slave drivers were not in it for their health, and slavery continues to cast a long shadow over the region as well as the nation. What forces, motives and circumstances led southerners to make these choices, and what were the implications?”

Barbara Ransby
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision
reviewed by Charles M. Payne
“I used to give a speech which began by claiming that Ella Baker invented the 1960s. That’s not as crazy as it sounds.” 

Volume 10, Number 4, Winter 2004

Timothy B. Tyson
Blood Done Sign My Name
reviewed by Fred C. Hobson
“Ten-year-old Timothy Tyson, of course, wasn’t aware of all the consequences—or the context—of Henry Marrow’s murder at the time, and his family left Oxford shortly afterward.” 

Kwame Ture
Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael
reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield
“In August 1967 the director of the FBI urged his agents to ‘prevent the rise of a messiah who would unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement.’” 

William F. Powers
Tar Heel Catholics
reviewed by John Quinterno
“John Monk, a physician from Newton Grove, converted to Catholicism after receiving a package of medical supplies wrapped in a copy of a sermon given by the Archbishop of New York, and went on to become the state’s most effective evangelist.”

Jim Carrier
A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement
reviewed by S. Willoughby Anderson
“The gripping historical narrative will inspire travelers to chart their own course.”  


Volume 11, Number 1, Spring 2005

Keith Perry 
The Kingfish in Fiction
reviewed by Bryan Giemza
“In the Senate Chamber there is a bizarre reminder of a failed assassination attempt—a bomb in a desk—that sent a pencil rocketing into the ceiling. There it remains, stuck in a tile, a spotlight vigilantly trained upon it.”

Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall
Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English
reviewed by Michael Chitwood
“I remembered my maternal grandmother saying of a man she did not care for, ‘Oh, he’s always got a plug of tobacco in this mouth and that ambeer running down to his chin.'”

Louis M. Kyriakoudes
The Social Origins of the Urban South
reviewed by Tom Hanchett
“Thank you to Louis Kyriakoudes’s
Social Origins of the Urban South for showing the social history behind the songs.”

Robert A. Caro
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3
reviewed by John Quinterno
“Lyndon Johnson combined talent, ambition, and genius into a form of power capable of taming the Senate, that most unruly and aristocratic of America’s political institutions.”

Volume 11, Number 2, Summer 2005

K. Michael Prince
Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! South Carolina and the Confederate Flag
reviewed by John M. Coski
“‘The flag is, in its very essence, irresolute and contradictory. Wiping it out, eliminating it from view, would be just as wrong as hoisting it atop the highest flag-pole in the center of town–if only because it serves as a useful reminder of a past that failed and of an alternate future not taken.'”

Michael O’Brien 
Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860
reviewed by Paul D. H. Quigley
“If all of this proves anything, it is that there was no one ‘mind of the South.'”

Margaret Bender, Editor
Linguistic Diversity in the South: Changing Codes, Practices, and Ideologies
reviewed by Michael Montgomery
“The South was linguistically diverse before diversity was cool.”

Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina
Catherine W. Bishir, Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina
Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina
reviewed by William S. Price Jr.
“Among the pieces of progressive legislation that marked the early years of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.”

Volume 11, Number 3, Fall 2005

Alice Fahs and Joan Waugh, Editors
The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture
reviewed by W. Fitzhugh Brundage
“Soon after the Civil War Americans understood that the way they remembered the Civil War would define their nation.”

Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn, Editors
Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies
reviewed by David A. Davis
“Perhaps the question to ponder now is how will the South change the globe?” 

Robert F. Pace
Halls of Honor: College Men in the Old South
reviewed by Peter S. Carmichael
“These young men, facing an unpredictable future, were wrought with anxiety and desperate for their families and friends to see them as men.”

Volume 11, Number 4, Winter 2005

John Lane
Chattooga: Descending Into the Myth of Deliverance River
reviewed by Timothy Silver
“Billy Redden, the iconic ‘banjo boy’ who will ever be remembered for playing with Drew Ballinger on the hit song ‘Dueling Banjos,’ now mops floors at a local Huddle House and has a second job at a barbecue restaurant named—as luck would have it—’Oinkers.'”

Anthony Dunbar, editor (foreword by Jimmy Carter)
Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent
reviewed by E. M. Beck
“While white southerners are often stereotyped as extreme right-wingers and hard-rock Bible thumpers, the southern progressive tradition of dissent is alive.”

Jeannette Keith
Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight
reviewed by Jonathan F. Phillips
“What inspired draft resistance in the rural South?”  


Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2006

Hal Crowther
Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South (review)
reviewed by John Shelton Reed
“If you agree with Crowther you’ll really enjoy it when he gets a good rant going.”  

Roy Blount Jr.
Robert E. Lee: A Shattered Nation (review)
reviewed by J. Tracy Power
“‘What on earth,’ you may be asking yourself, ‘is the point of another book on Robert E. Lee?'”

Anne Sarah Rubin
The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 (review)
reviewed by Don H. Doyle
“The nation resided in the heart and mind.”

Keith Lee Morris
The Best Seats in the House (review)
reviewed by Dave Shaw
“There’s craft in asking the right question—in asking it in just the right way and in leaving it at that—and South Carolina’s Keith Lee Morris has it mastered.”

Volume 12, Number 1, Summer 2006

Peter S. Carmichael
The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (review)
reviewed by Stephen Berry
“The young fight our wars. They have the least to lose, the most to prove, a high tolerance for risk, and a low degree of cynicism. When it comes to killing, we tap our children.”

Andrew Burstein
Jefferson’s Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello (review)
reviewed by Kristofer Ray
“Jefferson certainly cared for Hemings, argues Burstein, much as an English nobleman cared for an employee mistress—but they did not (and could not) share a long-term, loving partnership.”

Helen C. Rountree
Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown (review)
reviewed by Michael D. Green
“Rountree debunks the myth of Pocahontas saving Smith’s life as he was about to have his head beat in.” 

Steve Estes
I Am a Man! Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement (review)
reviewed by Larry Isaac
“Massacres of entire African American communities were motivated, in large part, by rumors that a black man raped a white woman.”

Volume 12, Number 3, Fall 2006

Marcie Cohen Ferris
Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (review)
reviewed by Dale Volberg Reed
“Take Jewish studies and southern studies, add study of southern foodways, throw in oral history, and you getMatzoh Ball Gumbo, the book Marcie Ferris was born to write.”

Gary R. Mormino
Land of Sunshine, Land of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida (review)
reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield
“‘I spent thirty years of my life trying to get people to move down there,’ the former mayor of Orlando has recalled. ‘And then they all did.'”

James Applewhite
Selected Poems (review)
reviewed by Robert M. West
“James Applewhite, unmistakably a southerner, has managed to win fame at the national level.”

W. Fitzhugh Brundage
The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory (review)
reviewed by John Bodnar
“Fitzhugh Brundage’s excellent book takes up the subject of public forms of remembering and commemoration in the South since the Civil War.”

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
“If you think you understand how religion and race work in the South, then obviously no one has explained it to you properly.”


Volume 13, Number 1, Spring 2007

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

James C. Cobb
Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (review)
reviewed by Jane Elizabeth Dailey

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

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

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

Volume 13, Number 2, Summer 2007

Wilber W. Caldwell
Searching for the Dixie Barbecue: Journeys into the Southern Psyche (review)
reviewed by John Shelton Reed
“Those photographs. . . there are ninety-some. . . would make a good coffee-table book in their own right.”


Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2008

Marcie Cohen Ferris Mark I. Greenberg, Editors
Jewish Roots in Southern Soil:  A New History (review)
reviewed by Leonard Rogoff
“‘The study of southern Jewish life has now come of age.'”

Pete Daniel
Toxic Drift:  Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (review)
reviewed by Otis L. Graham
“‘The corporate compulsion to market first, test later, and resist regulation has left a legacy of widespread sickness and death.'”

Leigh Anne Duck
The Nation’s Region:  Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (review)
reviewed by Michael Kreyling
“It is no secret that the South represented a tough ‘problem’ for modern literary critics because the region seemed immune to calls to shift its cultural time zone.”

Christopher Hitchens
Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (review)
reviewed by Brian Steele
“A crusade to destroy a de facto regime in hope of creating a lasting republic formed no part of Jefferson’s conception of political reality.”

Wendy Reed and Jennifer Horne, Editors
All Out of Faith:  Southern Women on Spirituality (review)
reviewed by Barbara Brown Taylor
“‘Every Southerner has been shaped by religion in some form or fashion.'”

Andrew Silver
Minstrelsy and Murder:  The Crisis of Southern Humor (review)
reviewed by Johanna Shields
“This is a book about humor that will not let you smile.”

Volume 14, Number 2, Summer 2008

Philip C. Kolin and Susan Swartwout, Editors
Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita (review)
reviewed by Rachel Richardson
“This volume provides a record of the lingering trauma and the need for art–for creation out of the rubble.”


Volume 15, Number 1, Spring 2009

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 
“The Reeds and McKinney have crafted a book that ranges from the roasted meats of Homer’s Iliad to yellow page ads in the restaurant sections of North Carolina telephone directories. Holy Smoke is a book not only of many flavors but also engaging scenes.”   

James L. Peacock
Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World (review)
reviewed by Leon Fink
“A Ugandan boy is lovingly adopted by a Peace Corps volunteer. An Indian wedding at the Carolina Inn features a groom entering on a white horse (substituting for an elephant) while a priest chants in Sanskrit.”

Heather Andrea Williams
Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom (review)
reviewed by Robin Bernstein
“The existence of any white children in black classrooms proved that the schools offered an education whose clear value motivated some white families to violate racial taboos—and assume physical risk for that violation—to learn alongside black children, and often from black teachers.”

Andrew H. Myers
Black, White & Olive Drab: Racial Integration at Fort Jackson, SC, and the Civil Rights Movement (review)
reviewed by Alex Macaulay
“What effect, if any, did armed forces integration have in the area around the South Carolina post during the Civil Rights Movement that followed in the fifties and sixties?” The answer seems to be ‘not much.'”

Jennifer Ritterhouse
Growing up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race (review)
reviewed by Clara Silverstein
“Black and white children recounted playing together, then being confused by the pressure to give up their friendships as they grew older. Blacks remembered how normal childhood disputes could take on frightening repercussions if white adults became involved.”

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
“New Orleans as a city that ‘came into being with a kind of antic doom embedded into it,’ founded as it was in a hostile New World swamp, is brought into bright focus by Nature’s recent, temporary, reclaiming of the land, and Man’s persistent desire to rebuild the city.”

Anya Jabour
Scarlett’s Sisters: Young Women in the Old South (review)
reviewed by Katy Simpson Smith
“As a regional phenomenon, southern girlhood is as culturally resonant as it is understudied. From the myths surrounding Virginia Dare to the surreal pageantry of modern debutantes, the South has shaped its young women in its own ritualistic image.”

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
“As a scholar and as a Christian, Flynt advocated reform of Alabama’s regressive tax system, helped found Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, supported better and equal funding for public schools, served on the board of directors of the Alabama Poverty Project, and spoke out against powerful special interests.”

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links (review)
reviewed by Daniel C. Littlefield
“When Alex Haley’s Roots appeared in 1976 it set off a storm of excitement among African Americans about the possibilities of tracing their ancestry to a particular African homeland.”

Volume 15, Number 2, Summer 2009

Anne Mitchell Whisnant
Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History (review)
reviewed by Charles L. Perdue
“My wife and I recall two primary impressions: the spectacular views from the Parkway and Skyline Drive, and the feeling of a long, vast emptiness and loneliness as we passed very few other automobiles and rarely saw as much as a house light as we drove into the night.”


Volume 16, Number 1, Spring 2010

Steven P. Miller
Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South (review)
reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield
“In 1953, Graham removed the ropes separating black and white attendees at his crusade in Chattanooga, and asserted that, were segregated seating restored, “you can go on and have the revival without me.” His sympathies were with those white moderates who acknowledged the inevitability of racial equality but did not feel its urgency.”

Hazel Dickens and Bill C. Malone
Working Girl Blues: The Life & Music of Hazel Dickens (review)
Bess Lomax Hawes  (review)
Sing It Pretty: A Memoir  (review)
reviewed by Joshua Guthman
“Hazel Dickens came of age in the West Virginia coalfields where so many of her family members and neighbors worked. By 2001, when Dickens was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, Bess Lomax Hawes, who had been instrumental in creating the award, had long since been retired. Hawes’s performance career was short-lived, and so her autobiography dwells mostly on a lifetime spent as a folklorist, teacher, and—dare I say it?—bureaucrat.”

Volume 16, Number 4, Winter 2010

Joseph T. Glatthaar 
General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse (review)
reviewed by Gerald J. Prokopowicz
“In the final tabulation, the vast majority of the volunteers of 1861 had a direct connection to slavery. For slaveholder and nonslaveholder alike, slavery lay at the heart of the Confederate nation.”

Amy Louise Wood
Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1940 (review)
reviewed by Seth Kotch
“Power rested not only on the brutality of lynching, but also on its communicability, the way in which mob violence traveled from person to person, across state and regional lines, and from the striving white men of the South to African American activists in the Northeast.”

David A. Taylor
Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America (review)
reviewed by Robert Hunt Ferguson
“Although they approached their writing very differently, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright found the space through the WPA to write compassionately and realistically about black life in America.”


Volume 17, Number 4, Winter 2011

Leigh H. Edwards
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity
reviewed by Jocelyn R. Neal
“Johnny Cash is considered by many the quintessential country singer, yet others who claim to loathe country music are fiercely loyal to him.”


Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2012

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
With poverty and unemployment at levels unprecedented since the Great Depression of the 1930s, as wages of those with jobs stagnate, as the federal government spends trillions for war and gives tax and bailout subsidies to the ultra-rich, we should be asking ourselves how it got to be this way and what can we do about it. To Right These Wrongs provides many of the answers.”
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Volume 18, Number 3, Fall 2012: Politics

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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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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Volume 18, Number 4, Winter 2012

Bruce E. Baker
What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South 
reviewed by Michael Kammen
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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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Katherine Mellen Charron
Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark
reviewed by Cynthia Stokes Brown
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Bland Simpson and Scott Taylor
The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country
reviewed by Lawrence Earley
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Michael J. Zogry
Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity
reviewed by Christina Snyder
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Volume 19, Number 4, Winter 2013

Allen Tullos
Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie
reviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
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Rebecca Sharpless
Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865–1960
reviewed by Tanfer Emin Tunc
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Tiya Miles
The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story
reviewed by Drew A. Swanson
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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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