New Books Network

Rafia Zafar, “Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning” (U Georgia Press, 2019)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with Rafia Zafar about her 2019 book Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning, from the University of Georgia Press. It’s part of the Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People and Place series. The book contains 7 chapters, covering the... Read More
Wiley Cash, “The Last Ballad” (William Morrow, 2017)
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash discusses his novel, The Last Ballad (William Morrow, 2017) writing fiction inspired by the South, and exploring the complexities of southern class, race, and gender relations against the backdrop of the 1929 Loray Mill strike. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings... Read More
Gregory P. Downs, “After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War” (Harvard UP, 2015)
On April 8, 1865, after four years of civil war, General Robert E. Lee wrote to General Ulysses S. Grant asking for peace. Peace was beyond his authority to negotiate, Grant replied, but surrender terms he would discuss. As Gregory P. Downs, Professor of History at the University of California,... Read More
Evan Bennett, “When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor, and Federal Policy in the Piedmont” (UP Florida, 2014)
Professor Evan Bennett of Florida Atlantic University, author of When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor, and Federal Policy in the Piedmont (University Press of Florida, 2015) discusses the development and demise of family tobacco farms, tobacco farming culture, and the New Deal’s Federal Tobacco Program. Tobacco has left an... Read More
Thomas Aiello, “The Grapevine of the Black South” (U Georgia Press, 2018)
In the summer of 1928, William Alexander Scott began a small four-page weekly with the help of his brother Cornelius. By 1932 the Atlanta World had become a daily paper and the basis of Scott’s vision for a massive Southern newspaper chain – the Southern Newspaper Syndicate, later renamed as the Scott... Read More
Jennifer A. Jones, “The Browning of the New South” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
The dawn of the new millennium bore witness to an unprecedented transformation of the population in the Southeastern United States as evidenced by Dr. Jennifer A. Jones in her new book The Browning of the New South (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Jones, an Assistant Professor of Sociology as well... Read More
Jeanne Theoharis, “The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle outside of the South” (NYU Press, 2019)
In this New Books Network/Gotham Center for NYC History podcast, guest host Beth Harpaz, editor of the City University of New York website SUM, interviews Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College. Their topic is a new book just out from NYU Press, co-edited by Theoharis, called The... Read More