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. 84, No. 4, November

A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory
A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory. By Joseph F. Stoltz III. Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 176. $39.95, ISBN 978-14214-2302-9.) The War of 1812...
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose. By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre. (Lincoln, Neb.: Potomac Books, 2017. Pp. xii, 291. $32.95, ISBN 978-1-61234-855-1.) The earliest authors to describe women's contributions to the northern...
Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside
Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside. By Tore C. Olsson. America in the World. (Princeton and Oxford, Eng.: Princeton University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 277. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-691-16520-2.) Historian of...
A Journey of Faith and Community: The Story of the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia
A Journey of Faith and Community: The Story of the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia. By Bruce T. Gourley. (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2017. Pp. Iii, 341. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-8814-6613-3.) Bruce T. Gourley's study of Augusta, Georgia's...
Altogether Fitting and Proper: Civil War Battlefield Preservation in History, Memory, and Policy, 1861-2015
Altogether Fitting and Proper: Civil War Battlefield Preservation in History, Memory, and Policy, 1861-2015. By Timothy B. Smith. Foreword by Jim Lighthizer. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2017. Pp xxiv 328 $39.95, ISBN 978-1-62190-311-6.)...
American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s
American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s. Edited by Don H. Doyle. Civil War America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 259. Paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3109-7; cloth,...
America's First Factory Town: The Industrial Revolution in Maryland's Patapsco River Valley
America's First Factory Town: The Industrial Revolution in Maryland's Patapsco River Valley. By Henry K. Sharp. (Baltimore: Chesapeake Book Company, 2017. Pp. xii, 148. $25.00, ISBN 978-0-9823049-6-9.) In America's First Factory Town: The Industrial...
A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison
A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison. By Jack N Rakove. Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 226 $29 95 ISBN 978 0-8061-5737-5.) This short book began as lectures...
Athens of the New South: College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville
Athens of the New South: College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville. By Mary Ellen Pethel. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 340. Paper, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-62190-457-1; cloth, $60.00, ISBN 978-162190-342-0.) In Athens...
A Union Indivisible: Secession and the Politics of Slavery in the Border South
A Union Indivisible: Secession and the Politics of Slavery in the Border South. By Michael D. Robinson. Civil War America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 294. $34.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3378-7.) Many histories of the...
Big Jim Eastland: The Godfather of Mississippi
Big Jim Eastland: The Godfather of Mississippi. By J. Lee Annis Jr. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016. Pp. xii, 426. $35.00, ISBN 978-1 4968-0614-7.) To date, this book is the most comprehensive and authoritative work on the life of...
Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis 1965-1975
Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965-1975. By Shirletta J. Kinchen. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 255. $49.95, ISBN 978-1-62190-187-7.) Historian Shirletta J. Kinchen's...
Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century
Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century. By Tera W Hunter. (Cambridge, Mass., and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017. Pp. viii, 404. $29.95, ISBN 978-0-674-04571-2.) Bound in Wedlock: Slave...
Cities as Multiple Landscapes: Investigating the Sister Cities Innsbruck and New Orleans
Cities as Multiple Landscapes: Investigating the Sister Cities Innsbruck and New Orleans. Edited by Christina Antenhofer, Gunter Bischof, Robert Dupont, and Ulrich Leitner. Interdisciplinary Urban Research. (Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag, 2016....
Cityscapes of New Orleans
Cityscapes of New Orleans. By Richard Campanella. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 383. $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8071-6833-2.) In Cityscapes of New Orleans, Richard Campanella presents a wide-ranging collection of short essays...
Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation
Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation. By Earl J. Hess. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. Pp. xxii, 341. $45.95, ISBN 978-0-8071-6750-2.) Lieutenant General Frederick Franks, the commander of the U.S. Seventh...
Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865
Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States since 1865. By Robert J. Cook. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 273. $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4214-2349-4.) The current discourse about the place of Civil War symbols...
Clarence Jordan: A Radical Pilgrimage in Scorn of the Consequences
Clarence Jordan: A Radical Pilgrimage in Scorn of the Consequences. By Frederick L. Downing. Foreword by Walter Brueggemann. (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 310. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-88146-z 632-4.) Frederick L. Downing answers...
Country Music USA
Country Music USA. By Bill C. Malone and Tracey E. W. Laird. Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series. (50th anniversary ed.; Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. Pp. xx, 748. Paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-4773-1535-4; cloth, $45.00, ISBN 978-1-4773-1534-7.)...
Dardanelle and the Bottoms: Environment, Agriculture, and Economy in an Arkansas River Community, 1819-1970
Dardanelle and the Bottoms: Environment, Agriculture, and Economy in an Arkansas River Community, 1819-1970. By Mildred Diane Gleason. (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2017. Pp. [viii], 440 Paper $29.95, ISBN 978-1-68226-038-8; cloth, $69.95,...
Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America
Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America. By Johann N. Neem. How Things Worked. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2017. Pp. xvi, 240. $54.95, ISBN 978-1-4214-2320-3.) Johann N. Neem notes in the opening pages of Democracy's...
Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive
Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive. By Marisa J Fuentes Early American Studies. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Pp. [x], 217. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-2418-4; cloth, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-4822-7.)...
Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement
Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement. By Thomas W. Cutrer and T. Michael Parrish. Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2018. Pp. xviii, 140....
Earnest Efforts to Be Friends: Teacher-Student Relationships in the Nineteenth-Century South
IN 1868 MARIA LOUISA SPEAR REFLECTED ON HER CAREER IN teaching as a life spent in an "earnest effort to be a friend to my scholars, to enter into their feelings, and to do to them as I thought they most needed." "The hope to fit them for a life of...
Educating the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole Planter Class of South Louisiana
Educating the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson College and the Creole Planter Class of South Louisiana. By R. Eric Piatt. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 298. $59.95, ISBN 978-0-8173-1966-3.) In Educating the Sons of Sugar: Jefferson...
Evolution of the Texas-Louisiana Boundary: In Search of the Elusive Corner
Evolution of the Texas-Louisiana Boundary: In Search of the Elusive Corner. By Jim Tiller and John P. Evans Jr. (Dallas: William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2017. Pp xviii 455 $60.00, ISBN 978-1-929531-17-2.)...
Experiencing Empire: Power, People, and Revolution in Early America
Experiencing Empire: Power, People, and Revolution in Early America. Edited by Patrick Griffin. Early American Histories. (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2017. Pp. [x], 269. $39.50, ISBN 978-0-81393988-9.) Experiencing...
Faulkner and Print Culture
Faulkner and Print Culture. Edited by Jay Watson, Jaime Harker, and James G. Thomas Jr. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. Pp xxxii 241. $65.00, ISBN 978-1-4968-1230-8.) Historians have traditionally been interested in William Faulkner...
From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction
From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction. By Forrest A. Nabors. Studies in Constitutional Democracy. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 399. $45.00, ISBN 978-0 8262-2135-3.) "Forty years after the birth...
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians. By Jeroen Dewulf. (Lafayette: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2017. Pp. xx 242. $20.00 ISBN 978-1-9357-5496-1.) The vibrancy of New Orleans...
Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf
Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf. By Lane Demas. John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xx, 363. $30.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-3422-7.) Lane...
Georgia's Civil War: Conflict on the Home Front
Georgia's Civil War: Conflict on the Home Front. By David Williams (Macon.: Mercer University Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 284. $35.00, ISBN 978-0 In what has become a familiar trend in scholarship on the Civil War South David Wilhams presents a lively...
Getting out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928
Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928. By Martin T. Olliff. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 249. $49.95, ISBN 978-0-8173-1955-7.) Today we take for granted that the...
Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South
Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South. By John Hayes. New Directions in Southern Studies. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 238. Paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3532-3; cloth, $90.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-3531-6.)...
Here I Stand: The Life and Legacy of John Beecher
Here I Stand: The Life and Legacy of John Beecher. By Angela J. Smith. Modern South. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017 Pp xviii 229. $49.95, ISBN 978-0-8173-1954-0.) Here I Stand: The Life and Legacy of John Beecher considers the life...
Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks
Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks. By J. Blake Perkins. The Working Class in American History. (Urbana and other cities: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 277. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-252-08289-4;...
Historical News and Notices
THE ASSOCIATION The following appointees have been named to the SHA's Membership Committee for 2019: Susanna M. Lee, North Carolina State University, co-chair; Watson W. Jennison, University of North Carolina, Greensboro' co-chair; Aaron Astor,...
Hood's Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy's Most Celebrated Unit
Hood's Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy's Most Celebrated Unit. By Susannah J. Ural. Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press 2017. Pp. xvi, 382. $48.00,...
I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood
I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915. By Louis Moore. Sport and Society. (Urbana and other cities: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. [x], 223. Paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-252-08287-0; cloth, $95.00, ISBN 978-0-252-04134-1.)...
Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson
Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson. Edited by Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and Bruce A. Glasrud. Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press,...
In the Looking Glass: Mirrors and Identity in Early America
In the Looking Glass: Mirrors and Identity in Early America. By Rebecca K. Shrum. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. [x], 221. $54.95, ISBN 978-1-4214-2312-8.) How do material objects intervene in our identity? This (good) question...
Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist
Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist. By William E. Ellis. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2017. Pp. [viii] 274 $45 00 ISBN 978-0-8131-7398-6.) Irvin S. Cobb, born (1876) and buried (1944) in Paducah, Kentucky, is one...
John C. Brown of Tennessee: Rebel, Redeemer, and Railroader
John C. Brown of Tennessee: Rebel, Redeemer, and Railroader. By Sam Davis Elliott. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2017 Pp xiv 386 $43.00, ISBN 978-1-62190-287-4.) The challenge facing the biographer of John Calvin Brown, Confederate...
Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide
Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide. By Lane Windham. Justice, Power, and Politics. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017 Pd [xiv] 295 $32.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3207-0.) Lane...
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversary Essays
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversary Essays. Edited by Michael A. Lofaro. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2017. Pp. [xiv], 414. $54.00, ISBN 978-1-62190-261-4.) Alongside celebrations and commemorations, anniversaries prompt...
Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America
Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America. By Michele Currie Navakas. Early American Studies. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. Pp. [x], 235. $49.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-4956-9.) Liquid Landscape: Geography...
Living in Mississippi: The Life and Times of Evans Harrington
Living in Mississippi: The Life and Times of Evans Harrington. By Robert W. Hamblin. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017 Pp xvi 148 $40.00, ISBN 978-1-4968-1142-4.) ' In early 1965, University of Mississippi English professor Evans Harrington...
Localism and Nationalism in the City of the Dead: The Rural Cemetery Movement in the Antebellum South
WHILE VISITING BOSTON IN THE SPRING OF 1847, RICHMOND, Virginia, businessmen Joshua J. Fry and William H. Haxall toured Mount Auburn Cemetery in nearby Cambridge. Established in 1831 as the nation's first rural cemetery--so named because of its adherence...
Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion
Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion. By Joseph L. Locke. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. [xii], 283. $34.95, ISBN 978-0-19-021628-3.) The Bible Belt is undoubtedly one of the best-known,...
New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras
New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920. By Jennifer Atkins. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press 2017 Pp. xiv, 239. $38.00, ISBN 978-0-8071-6756-4.) In New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi...
Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965
Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965. By Sid Bedingfield. The History of Communication. (Urbana and other cities: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. x, 269. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-252-08278-8; cloth,...
Odell Smith, Teamsters Local 878, and Civil Rights Unionism in Little Rock, 1943-1965
IN FEBRUARY 1945 THE RADICAL PREACHER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, and union organizer Claude C. Williams returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, after a three-year absence and found dramatic improvements in the city's race relations. Efforts to promote black...
"Our Aim Was Man": Andrew's Sharpshooters in the American Civil War
"Our Aim Was Man": Andrew's Sharpshooters in the American Civil War. Edited by Roberta Senechal de la Roche. (Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 321. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1 62534-248-5; cloth, $90.00, ISBN 978-1-62534-247-8.)...
Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty
Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty. By Jon Kukla. (New York and other cities: Simon and Schuster, 2017. Pp. xiv, 541. $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4391 9081-4.) Near Patrick Henry's last will and testament, his executors found a small envelope sealed with...
Patriots and Indians: Shaping Identity in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina
Patriots and Indians: Shaping Identity in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina. By Jeff W. Dennis. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. x, 225. $29.99, ISBN 978-1-61117-756-5.) "The American founding was a collective enterprise.......
Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America
Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America. By Julius H. Rubin. (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. Pp. xxiv, 248. $55.00, ISBN 978-14962-0187-4.) Recent studies of Protestant...
Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and His Rangers
Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and His Rangers. By Steve French. Civil War Soldiers and Strategies. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 294. $39.95, ISBN 978-1-60635-309-7.) An addition to Kent State University...
Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State
Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State. By Catherine E. Rymph. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 252. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3564 4; cloth, $90.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-3563-7.)...
Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia
Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia. By Steven Stoll. (New York: Hill and Wang, 2017. Pp. xviii, 410. Paper, $17.00, ISBN 978-0-8090-8019-9; cloth $30.00, ISBN 978-0-8090-9505-6.) Appalachian historiography has long dwelt on isolation, whether...
Reading William Gilmore Simms: Essays of Introduction to the Author's Canon
Reading William Gilmore Simms: Essays of Introduction to the Author's Canon By Todd Hagstette. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2017 Pp xvi 535 $59.99, ISBN 978-1-61117-772-5.) Reading William Gilmore Simms: Essays of Introduction to...
Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles over the Meaning of America's Most Turbulent Era
Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America's Most Turbulent Era. Edited by Carole Emberton and Bruce E. Baker. Introduction by W. Fitzhugh Brundage. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. Pp. viii, 296. $45.00,...
Silent Films in St. Augustine
Silent Films in St. Augustine. By Thomas Graham. (Gainesville and other cities: University Press of Florida, 2017. Pp. viii, 207. $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8130 5453-7.) Silent Films in St. Augustine is a relatively short book reporting the history of...
Slavery in the City: Architecture and Landscapes of Urban Slavery in North America
Slavery in the City: Architecture and Landscapes of Urban Slavery in North America. Edited by Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg. (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 186. $32.50, ISBN 9780-8139-4005-2.) The...
Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development
Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development. Edited by Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman. Early American Studies. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 406. $59.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-4841-8.) "[F]or...
Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America
Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America. By William K. Bolt. New Perspectives on Jacksonian History. (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2017. Pp. [xviii], 301. Paper, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-8265-2137-8; cloth, $69.95, ISBN 978-0-8265-2136-1.)...
The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865
The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865. By Steven E. Sodergren. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 315. $47.95, ISBN 978-0-8071-6556-0.) With this...
The "Culture of Unity" Meets Racial Solidarity: Race and Labor on the Mobile Waterfront, 1931-1938
IN EARLY JULY 1934, MORE THAN A THOUSAND BLACK LONGSHOREMEN ended a monthlong strike against the powerful shipping interests in Mobile, Alabama. Their walkout had collapsed after hundreds of white and black strikebreakers crossed the picket lines under...
The Exile's Song: Edmond Dede and the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World
The Exile's Song: Edmond Dede and the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World. By Sally McKee. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2017. Pp. xiv, 256. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-300-22136-7.) "Il n 'est pas lui a sa place" ("He feels out...
The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848
The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848. By Jonathan Israel. (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2017. Pp. xii, 755. $39.95, ISBN 978-0-691-17660-4.) "My God, what is it?" some colleagues asked...
The Federal Theatre Project in the American South: The Carolina Playmakers and the Quest for American Drama
The Federal Theatre Project in the American South: The Carolina Playmakers and the Quest for American Drama. By Cecelia Moore. New Studies in Southern History. (Lanham, Md., and other cities: Lexington Books, 2017 Pp. x, 221. $95.00, ISBN 978-1-4985-2682-1.)...
The Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands
The Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands. By Nicholas Villanueva Jr (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 219. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8263-6030-4; cloth, $55.00, ISBN 978-0-8263 5838-7.) Nicholas Villanueva Jr.'s...
There Is Something about Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA
There Is Something about Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy, and Genetic DNA. By Edna Gail Bush and Natonne Elaine Kemp. (Takoma Park, Md.: Rocky Pond Press, 2017. Pp. 330. Paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-9992406-0-1;...
The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox
The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox. By Gerald Home. (Urbana and other cities: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. [viii], 258. $95.00, ISBN 978-0252-04119-8.) While there...
These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War
These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War. By John S. Sledge. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. Pp. xxvi, 255. $34.95, ISBN 978-0 8173-1960-1.) Written for a popular audience and published on the eve of the state's bicentennial,...
The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865
The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865. By Adam I. P. Smith. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 331. $45.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-3389-3.) Adam I. P. Smith's The Stormy...
The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home
The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home. By Eugene D. Genovese. Edited by Douglas Ambrose. Cambridge Studies on the American South. (New York and other cities: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Pp. xxxii, 275. Paper, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-316-50289-1;...
Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College
Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College. By Katherine Reynolds Chaddock. Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Pp. [x], 206....
Utah and the American Civil War: The Written Record
Utah and the American Civil War: The Written Record. Edited by Kenneth L. Alford. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. Pp. 864. $60.00, ISBN 978-0-87062-441-4.) "The purpose of this volume is to help make war-related Civil War records pertaining...
Warner Mifflin: Unflinching Quaker Abolitionist
Warner Mifflin: Unflinching Quaker Abolitionist. By Gary B. Nash. Early American Studies. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. Pp. x, 342. $34.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-4949-1.) Gary B. Nash casts new light on Warner Mifflin (1745-1798),...
Washington and Lee University, 1930-2000: Tradition and Transformation
Washington and Lee University, 1930-2000: Tradition and Transformation. By Blaine A. Brownell. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press 2017. Pp. xvi, 608. $59.95, ISBN 978-0-8071-6698-7.) Blaine A. Brownell has written a fine institutional...
We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss
We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss. By Kathleen W. Wickham. Preface by Bob Schieffer. (Oxford, Miss.: Yoknapatawpha Press, 2017 Pp xii 234 $29 95 ISBN 978-0-916242-83-1.) The integration...
Winning Our Freedoms Together: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960
Winning Our Freedoms Together: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960. By Nicholas Grant. Justice, Power, and Politics. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. xviii, 306. Paper, $32.95, ISBN 978-1-4696 3528-6; cloth, $90.00,...
Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President
Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President. By Barry Hankins. Spiritual Lives. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 235. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-19-871837-6.) Barry Hankins's new religious biography of Woodrow Wilson offers a carefully...
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