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Creating and Contesting Carolina: Proprietary Era Histories

by Michelle LeMaster & Bradford J. Wood

A collection of essays by European colonists, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans address change in Carolina


The WPA Guide to Georgia: The Peach State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

by Ted Ownby

Based on new research and combining multiple scholarly approaches, these twelve essays tell new stories about the civil rights movement in the state most resistant to change. Wesley Hogan, Françoise N. Hamlin,...


A Massacre in Memphis

by Stephen V. Ash

An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history

In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence...


Race and Masculinity in Southern Memory: History of Richmond, Virginia's Monument Avenue, 1948-1996

by Matthew Mace Barbee

In Race and Masculinity in Southern Memory Matthew Mace Barbee offers an in-depth analysis of Richmond’s Monument Avenue from its origins through 1996 and pays special attention to the impact of Civil Rights...


The Grandees of Government: The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia

by Brent Tarter

From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into...


de Bow's Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South

by John F. Kvach

In the decades preceding the Civil War, the South struggled against widespread negative characterizations of its economy and society as it worked to match the North's infrastructure and level of development....


The U.S. South and Europe: Transatlantic Relations in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Cornelis A. van Minnen & Manfred Berg

The U.S. South is a distinctive political and cultural force -- not only in the eyes of Americans, but also in the estimation of many Europeans. The region played a distinctive role as a major agricultural center...


South Carolina: A Bicentennial History (States and the Nation)

by Louis Booker Wright

Louis Wright's masterful telling of South Carolina's story will fascinate residents and non-residents alike. A land whose people knew the joy of great victories and the sadness of bitter defeats, South Carolina...


Mississippi: A Bicentennial History (States and the Nation)

by John Ray Skates

What life has really been like for most Mississippians is the story told in this intriguing history. To many Americans, Mississippi means Natchez and Vicksburg, white columns and cotton. For the people who have...


West Virginia: A History (States and the Nation)

by John Alexander Williams

John Alexander Williams's West Virginia: A History is widely considered one of the finest books ever written about the state. In his clear, eminently readable style, Williams organizes the tangled strands of...


Louisiana: A History

by Joe Gray Taylor

From the earliest colonists through the latest Mardi Gras, Louisiana has had a history as exotic as that of any state. Even its political corruption--extending from French governors for whom office was exploitable...


Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down

by Bill DeYoung

On the morning of May 9, 1980, harbor pilot John Lerro was guiding a 600-foot freighter, the Summit Venture, into Tampa Bay. Directly in the ship's path was the Sunshine Skyway Bridge--two ribbons of concrete,...


Recovering the Piedmont Past: Unexplored Moments in Nineteenth-Century Upcountry South Carolina History

by Timothy P. Grady & Melissa Walker

A window into the social and cultural life of the South Carolina upstate during the nineteenth century


Palmetto Profiles: The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to the South Carolina Hall of Fame

by W. Eric Emerson & Walter Edgar

An introduction to the inspirational lives of extraordinary South Carolinians recognized for their lasting legacies to the Palmetto State and beyond.


The Wpa Guide to Arkansas: The Natural State: The Natural State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Dunning School: Historians, Race, and the Meaning of Reconstruction

by J. Vincent Lowery, John David Smith & Eric Foner

From the late nineteenth century until World War I, a group of Columbia University students gathered under the mentorship of the renowned historian William Archibald Dunning (1857--1922). Known as the Dunning...


From Selma to Montgomery to Freedom: The Long March to Freedom

by Barbara Harris Combs

On March 7, 1965, a peaceful voting rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama, was met with an unprovoked attack of shocking violence that riveted the attention of the nation. In the days and weeks following "Bloody...


In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma

by Kathryn Lee Johnson, Bernard Jr. LaFayette & Congressman John Robert Lewis

Bernard LaFayette Jr. (b. 1940) was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King...


North Carolina: A History

by William Powell

Described by an early visitor as "the Goodliest Soile Under the Cope of Heaven," the land that would become North Carolina presented its first settlers with the promise of prosperity, wealth, and--with luck--liberty,...