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Why New Orleans Matters

by Tom Piazza

Tom Piazza's award-winning portrait of a city in crisis, with a new preface from the author, ten years after.

Ten years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were...


Katrina: After the Flood

by Gary Rivlin

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana—on August 29, 2005—journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm’s immediate damage, the city of New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself,...


Five Years in Texas

by Thomas North

To conceive the idea, and execute the purpose of making a book, is, to a modest man, not a little monstrous; and yet, modest or immodest, monstrous or not, the author makes his best bow to the reader, and holds...


Arkansas: A History

by Harry S. Ashmore

South and West, delta and mountains, black and white, rich and poor, Arkansas is a complex state whose history has not been widely understood. In this graceful and good-humored account, author Harry S. Ashmore...


Troutmouth: The Two Careers of Hugh Clegg

by Ronald F. Borne

The remarkable story of a top man at Hoover's FBI and at Ole Miss before and during the civil rights era


Once in a Lifetime: Reflections of a Mississippi First Lady

by Elise Varner Winter & JoAnne Prichard Morris

The firsthand account of a governor's wife who transformed her position from Mansion hostess to a more meaningful role in state government


Klandestine: How a Klan Lawyer and a Checkbook Journalist Helped James Earl Ray Cover Up His Crime

by Pate McMichael

James Earl Ray, an escaped convict from Missouri, was punished for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. despite the fact that he did not fit the caricature of a hangdog racist thirsty for blood. The media...


Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

by Preston Lauterbach

The vivid history of Beale Street—a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians—and the battle for the soul of Memphis.

Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis,...


The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth

by Matthew C. Hulbert, Joseph M. Jr. Beilein & Christopher Phillips

Most Americans are familiar with major Civil War battles such as Manassas (Bull Run), Shiloh, and Gettysburg, which have been extensively analyzed by generations of historians. However, not all of the war's...


Screening Room: Family Pictures

by Alan Lightman

From the acclaimed author of the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams, here is a stunning, lyrical memoir of Memphis from the 1930s through the 1960s that includes the early days of the movies and a...


The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness

by Jim Auchmutey

In the midst of racial strife, one young man showed courage and empathy. It took forty years for the others to join him…

Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper’s...


The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom

by James Green

From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations...


To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

by William Sturkey & John N. Hale

A collection and examination of the creative literary work of Freedom School students discovering pathways to racial justice


The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi

by Todd Sanders, Paul Hardin Kapp & William Seale

A restoration of the legacy of one of the South's most prolific and influential architects before the Civil War


A Short History of Reconstruction

by Eric Foner

From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated AND abridged edition of the prizewinning classic on the post–Civil War period that shaped modern America

In this...


Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember: An Oral History

by James Mellon

In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing...


Journey on the James: Three Weeks through the Heart of Virginia

by Earl Swift

From its beginnings as a trickle of icy water in Virginia's northwest corner to its miles-wide mouth at Hampton Roads, the James River has witnessed more recorded history than any other feature of the American...


The Tangierman's Lament: and Other Tales of Virginia

by Earl Swift

Go where the story is--that's one tenet of journalism Earl Swift has had little trouble living up to. In two decades of covering the commonwealth, Swift has hiked, canoed--even spelunked--a singular path through...


The Antipedo Baptists of Georgetown County, South Carolina, 1710-2010

by Jr., Roy Talbert & Meggan A. Farish

The Antipedo Baptists of Georgetown is the history of the First Baptist Church of Georgetown, South Carolina, as well as the history of Baptists in the colony and state. Roy Talbert, Jr., and Meggan A. Farish...


The Port Royal Experiment: A Case Study in Development

by Kevin Dougherty

An examination of the emancipated islands of the Carolina coast and how their history sheds light on the difficulties of nation building