The Journal of Southern History

TheJournal of Southern History is a quarterly journal owned and published by The Southern Historical Association. It has been in publication since 1935, and its editorial headquarters are in Houston, Texas. TheJournalof Southern History focuses on southern history, broadly interpreted. Issues contain scholarly articles, historical notes, book reviews and news of historical interest. Contributors to the journal include almost everyone who is doing or has done significant work in the field of southern history. All members of The Southern Historical Association are recipients of the journal as are others interested in the study of the South. The journal's region is the United States.TheJournal of Southern History has included articles on such topics as "Opposition to Polygamy in the Postbellum South" (November 2010), "African American Farmers and Civil Rights" (November 2007), "A Region in Harmony: Southern Music and the Sound Track of Freedom" (November 2006) and "The Second Slavery: Modernity in the Nineteenth-Century Sough and the Atlantic World" (August 2009). Randal L. Hall is the Managing Editor. John B. Boles is the Editor, Bethany L. Johnson is the Associate Editor and Allison N. Madar is a Visiting Assistant Editor.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 4, November

A Saga of the New South: Race, Law, and Public Debt in Virginia
A Saga of the New South: Race, Law, and Public Debt in Virginia. By Brent Tarter. (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2016. Pp. [x], 217. $39.50, ISBN 978-0-8139-3877-6.) Virginia's post-Civil War debt controversy is an issue...
Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory
Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory. By Karlos K. Hill. Cambridge Studies on the American South. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 145. Paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-107-62037-7; cloth, $99.00, ISBN 978-1-107-04413-5.)...
Black Republicans and the Transformation of the GOP
Black Republicans and the Transformation of the GOP. By Joshua D. Farrington. Politics and Culture in Modern America. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 311. $45.00, ISBN 978-0-8122-4852-4.) While most scholarship on...
Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri
Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri. By Joseph M. Beilein Jr. The Civil War Era in the South. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 283. $34.95, ISBN 978-1-60635-270-0.) The history...
Circuit Riders for Mental Health: The Hogg Foundation in Twentieth-Century Texas
Circuit Riders for Mental Health: The Hogg Foundation in Twentieth-Century Texas. By William S. Bush. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 201. $40.00, ISBN 978-1-62349-444-5.) As the state of Texas is currently struggling...
Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War
Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War. By Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor. The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 218....
Comfort and Glory: Two Centuries of American Quilts from the Briscoe Center
Comfort and Glory: Two Centuries of American Quilts from the Briscoe Center. By Katherine Jean Adams. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 320. $75.00, ISBN 978-1-4773-0918-6.) Comfort and Glory: Two Centuries of American Quilts from...
Confederate Cabinet Departments and Secretaries
Confederate Cabinet Departments and Secretaries. By Dennis L. Peterson. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, 2016. Pp. viii, 286. $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4766-6521-4.) Dennis L. Peterson's Confederate Cabinet Departments and Secretaries explores...
Defending Black Suffrage: Poll Taxes, Preachers, and Anti-Prohibition in Texas, 1887-1916
On Tuesday, July 9, 1912, the African American Baptist preacher John B. Rayner penned an irate letter to a prominent agent of the Texas Brewers' Association (TBA). The TBA had bankrolled and coordinated anti-prohibition activities for brewers and distillers...
Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America
Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America. By Ronald D. Cohen. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. [viii], 201. Paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-2881-3; cloth, $85.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-3046-5.) ...
Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890
Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890. By Hilary Green. Reconstructing America. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 258. Paper, $35.00, ISBN 978-0-8232-7012-5.) In her study of African Americans'...
Elusive Justice in Baltimore: The Conviction of a White Policeman for Killing a Black Man in 1875
In July 1875 a Baltimore, Maryland, police officer rushed into the home of the Brown family, and clubbed and shot Daniel Brown, an unarmed black man. Brown died within an hour, and the Irish immigrant policeman, Patrick McDonald, was charged with murder...
Faces of the Civil War Navies: An Album of Union and Confederate Sailors
Faces of the Civil War Navies: An Album of Union and Confederate Sailors. By Ronald S. Coddington. Foreword by Craig L. Symonds. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. Pp. xxxiv, 401. $32.95, ISBN 978-1-4214-2136-0.) They were poets,...
Fight for Old DC: George Preston Marshall, the Integration of the Washington Redskins, and the Rise of a New NFL
Fight for Old DC: George Preston Marshall, the Integration of the Washington Redskins, and the Rise of a New NFL. By Andrew O'Toole. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 240. $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8032-9935-1.) Game Changers: Dean...
Forging a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From Creation to Betrayal
Forging a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From Creation to Betrayal. By Susan M. Abram. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2015. Pp. xiv, 226. $49.95, ISBN 978-0-8173-1875-8.) At the outset of her work, Susan M. Abram laments...
For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops
For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops. By Kelly D. Mezurek. Civil War in the North. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 354. $37.95, ISBN 978-1-60635-289-2.) In Toward a Social History of the American Civil...
From Reconciliation to Revolution: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement
From Reconciliation to Revolution: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement. By David P. Cline. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 276. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3043-4;...
Full Court Press: Mississippi State University, the Press, and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball
Full Court Press: Mississippi State University, the Press, and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball. By Jason A. Peterson. Race, Rhetoric, and Media. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016. Pp. viii, 262. $65.00, ISBN 978-1-4968-0820-2.)...
Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union's War Governors
Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union's War Governors. By Stephen D. Engle. Civil War America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. [x], 725. $49.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-2933-9.) In Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln...
Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson
Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson. By Timothy B. Smith. Modern War Studies. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2016. Pp. xxii, 513. $34.95, ISBN 978-0-7006-2313-6.) Considering its importance to the outcome...
Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County
Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County. By William A. Penn. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016. Pp. [viii], 374. $45.00, ISBN 978-0-8131-6771-8.) For decades, local historian William A. Penn has written...
Keywords for Southern Studies
Keywords for Southern Studies. Edited by Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson. The New Southern Studies. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. Pp. [viii], 411. Paper, $32.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-4962-6; cloth, $89.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-4061-6.) ...
Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism
Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism. By Timothy S. Huebner. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2016. Pp. xiv, 530. Paper, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-7006-2486-7; cloth, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-7006-2269-6.) The adoption of...
Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship
Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship. By Pippa Holloway. Studies in Crime and Public Policy. (New York and other cities: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xviii, 236. $38.95, ISBN 978-0-19-997608-9.) ...
Obituaries
An expert on the history of slavery and emancipation in the United States, Anthony (Tony) E. Kaye died on May 14, 2017, at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Tony was passionate about history and its implications for social justice. In written...
Occupied Vicksburg
Occupied Vicksburg. By Bradley R. Clampitt. Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016. Pp. [viii], 304. $48.00, ISBN 978-0-8071-6338-2.) Vicksburg, Mississippi, had already...
Oil on the Farm: The East Texas Oil Boom and the Origins of an Energy Economy
During the 1930s, oil began to dominate the Texas economy. By the end of the decade, the value of petroleum products exceeded the value of the state's agricultural products--a dramatic change from 1929, when agriculture accounted for three times the...
Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality
Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality. By Marcia Walker-McWilliams. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History. (Urbana and other cities: University of Illinois Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 266. Paper, $28.00,...
Russell Kirk: American Conservative
Russell Kirk: American Conservative. By Bradley J. Birzer. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015. Pp. viii, 574. $34.95, ISBN 978-0-8131-6618-6.) Over the past several years a number of commentators have explored various facets of political...
Slaughter at the Chapel: The Battle of Ezra Church, 1864
Slaughter at the Chapel: The Battle of Ezra Church, 1864. By Gary Ecelbarger. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. Pp. x, 275. $26.95, ISBN 978-0-8061-5499-2.) Published in the wake of Earl J. Hess's The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle...
Southern Religion and Christian Diversity in the Twentieth Century
Southern Religion and Christian Diversity in the Twentieth Century. By Wayne Flynt. Religion and American Culture. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 386. $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8173-1908-3.) Southern Religion and Christian Diversity...
Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War
Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War. By Catherine Clinton. Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 144. $27.50, ISBN 978-0-8071-6457-0.) When...
Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food
Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food. By Camille Begin. Studies in Sensory History. (Urbana and other cities: University of Illinois Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 223. Paper, $25.00, ISBN 978-0-252-08170-5; cloth, $95.00, ISBN 978-0-252-04025-2.)...
The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. By Jon N. Hale. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 300. $60.00, ISBN 978-0-231-17568-5.) In The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi...
The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West
The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West. By Matthew Christopher Hulbert. UnCivil Wars. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. Pp. x, 327. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-5002-8; cloth,...
The Literature of Reconstruction: Not in Plain Black and White
The Literature of Reconstruction: Not in Plain Black and White. By Brook Thomas. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 378. $40.00, ISBN 978-1-4214-2132-2.) In his comprehensive new book, The Literature of Reconstruction: Not...
The Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty
The Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty. By Ellen Walker Rienstra and Jo Ann Stiles. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 600. $45.00, ISBN 978-1-4773-0871-4.) Extremely detailed and sourced with an impressive number of primary...
The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery
The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery. By Micki McElya. (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Harvard University Press, 2016. Pp. [x], 395. $29.95, ISBN 978-0-674-73724-2.) This study follows the transformation of an...
The Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle
The Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle. By Rusty Williams. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2016. Pp. [viii], 275. $29.95, ISBN 978-1-62349-405-6.) In light of the general speed and efficiency of modern automotive...
The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March-May 1864
The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March-May 1864. By Henry O. Robertson. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, 2016. Pp. x, 209. $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4766-6378-4.) Henry O. Robertson provides a brisk narrative of...
The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border
The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border. By Christopher Phillips. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xxii, 505. $36.95, ISBN 978-0-1951-8723-6.) In her account of Eliza's escape from Kentucky...
The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball
The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball. By J. Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 172. $25.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-3023-6.) There is no doubt that the...
Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South
Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South. By Adrienne Berard. (Boston: Beacon Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 194. Paper, $18.00, ISBN 978-0 8070-8316-1; cloth, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-3353-1.)...
When Kia Came to Georgia: Southern Transplants and the Growth of America's "Other" Automakers
On February 26, 2010, more than five hundred dignitaries from South Korea and the United States gathered in West Point, Georgia, for the opening of Kia Motors's first North American factory. Built on a 2,200-acre site, the $1.2 billion plant covered...
William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life
William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life. By James Lee McDonough. (New York and London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016. Pp. xvi, 816. Paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-393-35420-2; cloth, $39.95, ISBN 978-0-393-24157-0.) General William...
Wolford's Cavalry: The Colonel, the War in the West, and the Emancipation Question in Kentucky
Wolford's Cavalry: The Colonel, the War in the West, and the Emancipation Question in Kentucky. By Dan Lee. (Lincoln, Neb.: Potomac Books, 2016. Pp. xiv, 289. $34.95, ISBN 978-1-61234-851-3.) Frank Wolford, colonel of the First Kentucky Volunteer...
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