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I Came Out of the Eighteenth Century

by John Andrew Rice & Mark Bauerlein

John Andrew Rice's autobiography, first published to critical acclaim in 1942, is a remarkable tour through late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America. When the book was suppressed by the publisher...


The South at Work: Observations from 1904

by William Garrott Brown & Bruce E Baker

In 1904 William Garrott Brown traveled the American South, investigating the region's political, economic, and social conditions. Using the pen name "Stanton," Brown published twenty epistles in the Boston Evening...


Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles: A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans

by William Spratling & William Faulkner

"When Bill Faulkner came to New Orleans he was a skinny little guy, three years older than I, and was not taken very seriously except by a few of us." Thus the late William Spratling, popularly known as the...


South Carolina Fire-Eater: The Life of Laurence Massillion Keitt, 1824-1864

by Holt Merchant

South Carolina Fire-Eater is the first book-length biography of Laurence Massillon Keitt, one of South Carolina's most notorious advocates of secession and apologists for African American slavery. A politician...


The House That Sugarcane Built: The Louisiana Burguières

by Donna McGee Onebane

The House That Sugarcane Built tells the saga of Jules M. Burguières Sr. and five generations of Louisianans who, after the Civil War, established a sugar empire that has survived into the present.

When twenty-seven-year-old...


All I Ever Wanted to Be Was A Cowboy

by Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts is an 82-year-old cowboy from Florida. This book is a collection of stories about what cow hunting in Florida was like when he started his career at 13 years of age. Roberts worked with cattle in...


This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

by Charles E. Cobb

Visiting Martin Luther King, Jr. at the peak of the civil rights movement, the journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. “Just for self-defense,” King assured him. One of King’s advisors...


State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties

by Judith Poucher

The Johns Committee, a product of the red scare in Florida, grabbed headlines and destroyed lives. Its goal was to halt integration by destroying the NAACP in Florida and smearing integrationists. Citizens were...


A New History of Mississippi

by Dennis J. Mitchell

Creating the first comprehensive narrative of Mississippi since the bicentennial history was published in 1976, Dennis J. Mitchell recounts the vibrant and turbulent history of a Deep South state. The author...


Russell Long: A Life in Politics

by Michael S. Martin

Russell Long (1918-2003) occupies a unique niche in twentieth-century United States history. Born into Louisiana's most influential political family, and son of perhaps the most famous Louisianan of all time,...


Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

by Thomas Graham

Arguably no man did more to make over a city-or a state-than Henry Morrison Flagler. Almost single-handedly, he transformed the east coast of Florida from a remote frontier into the winter playground of America's...


The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918-1942

by Claudrena N. Harold

The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South provides the first detailed examination of the Universal Negro Improvement Association's rise, maturation, and eventual decline in the urban South...


Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia

by Lynn Rainville

In Hidden History, Lynn Rainville travels through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there...


Without Mercy

by David Beasley

“Without Mercy reads like a John Grisham thriller.”

---David R. Dow, author of The Autobiography of an Execution

On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in eighty-one  minutes in...


No Hill Too High for a Stepper: Memories of Montevallo, Alabama

by Mike Mahan & Norman McMillan

Born during the Great Depression, Mike Mahan was in many ways a very lucky boy. His parents, a barber and a beautician, owned their own shop and home, always providing ample food, clothing, and warmth. No Hill...


Tennessee: A Bicentennial History

by Wilma Dykeman

Tennessee, the long, thin state stretching from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River, is as richly varied in history as in terrain. And from Davy Crockett, "Old Hickory" Andrew Jackson, and presidential...


Shrill Hurrahs: Women, Gender, and Racial Violence in South Carolina, 1865-1900

by Kate Côté| Gillin

A new perspective on gender roles and racial violence in South Carolina after the Civil War


Singing From the Gallows: The Story of "Bad Tom" Smith

by Wayne Combs

Hazard, Kentucky is the setting for this historical story enhanced with some fiction, amazingly well told by author Wayne Combs, the great grandson of Bad Tom Smith. "Bad Tom" Smith was a notorious and murderous...


Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town

by Jack Shuler

A fresh perspective on the Orangeburg Massacre and its legacy


Minding the South

by John Shelton Reed

“These essays are both timed and timeless. Timed because they are products of a man and his era. They are his thoughts, shaped by what was happening to him when he wrote them. Timeless because they offer...