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The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America's Most Powerful Trial Lawyer

by Curtis Wilkie

“Over the past four decades no reporter has critiqued the American South with such evocative sensitivity and bedrock honesty as Curtis Wilkie.”

—Douglas Brinkley

 

The Fall of the House of Zeus tells the...


Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers

by William Montell

In an educational era defined by large school campuses and overcrowded classrooms, it is easy to overlook the era of one-room schools, when teachers filled every role, including janitor, and provided a familylike...


The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

by Dean King

"Marvelous....THE FEUD is popular history as it ought to be written." ---Wall Street Journal

Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. The violent feud between these two families has become...


The Boys of the Dark

by Robin Gaby Fisher, Michael O'McCarthy & Robert W. Straley

A story that garnered national attention, this is the harrowing tale of two men who suffered abuses at a reform school in Florida in the 1950s and 60s, and who banded together fifty years later to confront...


New Orleans City Guide

by Works Progress Administration

In 1938, under the direction of novelist and historian Lyle Saxon, The Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration produced this delightfully detailed portrait of New Orleans. Containing recipes,...


Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

by Dean Faulkner Wells

In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted mur­derers, the builder...


Recalling Deeds Immortal: Florida Monuments to the Civil War

by William B. Lees & Frederick P. Gaske

One hundred and fifty years ago, Florida was shaken by battle, blockade, economic deprivation, and the death of native sons both within and far outside its borders. Today, tributes to the valor and sacrifice...


Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women's Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World's Fair

by Miki Pfeffer

A close look at the issues of gender and power at the 1884 World's Fair in New Orleans


The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River

by Julian M. Pleasants

When W. Kerr Scott (1896--1958) began his campaign for the North Carolina gubernatorial seat in 1948, his opponents derided his candidacy as a farce. However, the plainspoken dairy farmer quickly gathered loyal...


Mule Trader: Ray Lum's Tales of Horses, Mules, and Men

by William R. Ferris & Eudora Welty

A mule trader's tales from a culture enriched by his fascinating presence


Until You Are Dead, Dead, Dead: The Hanging of Albert Edwin Batson

by Jim Bradshaw & Danielle Miller

How the tangles of nineteenth-century justice ensnared an itinerant worker in Louisiana


A History of Education in Kentucky

by William Ellis

Kentucky is nationally renowned for horses, bourbon, rich natural resources, and unfortunately, hindered by a deficient educational system. Though its reputation is not always justified, in national rankings...


Moonshiners and Prohibitionists

by Bruce Stewart

Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth century,...


Something's Rising

by Silas House

Something's Rising collects oral histories from a diverse group of individuals from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia who are fighting mountaintop removal, an ecologically devastating form of...


Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes

by William Montell

In Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes, William Lynwood Montell has collected stories and reminiscences from funeral home directors and embalmers across the state. These accounts provide a record of the business...


Uneven Ground

by Ronald Eller

Appalachia has played a complex and often contradictory role in the unfolding of American history. Created by urban journalists in the years following the Civil War, the idea of Appalachia provided a counterpoint...


Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter

by Rolland Golden

An extraordinary recollection of how an artist lived and worked in the French Quarter before its gentrification


The Mississippi Secession Convention: Delegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865

by Timothy B. Smith

The first examination of the entire convention and the men who deliberated there


Gone to the Grave: Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950

by Abby Burnett

A rich survey of folk practices prior to mortuaries and the funeral industry


Ed King's Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer

by Rev. Ed King & Trent Watts

An extraordinary photographic documentary from behind the scenes during the struggle for civil rights