New Books Network

Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle, “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy” (The New Press, 2018)
Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle, Professors of History at California State University—Fresno, discuss their co-authored book, Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy (The New Press, 2018), competing narratives about slavery in the South, and the fraught history of race, memory and memorialization in... Read More
Blain Roberts, “Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Blain Roberts of California State University, Fresno, talks about intersections of race, identity, and memory in the South in a wide-ranging discussion that starts in the segregated beauty parlors of the Jim Crow era and ends with remembrances of slavery in modern-day Charleston, South Carolina. From the South’s pageant... Read More
R. Scott Huffard, Jr., “Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South” (UNC Press, 2019)
R. Scott Huffard Jr. is the author of Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. Engines of Redemption is a fascinating history of capitalism in the South, which tells the story of how railroads... Read More
Jacob Remes, “Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era” (U Illinois Press, 2015)
Professor Jacob Remes of SUNY Empire State College discusses his book, Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era (University of Illinois Press, 2015), and challenges prevailing assumptions about how ordinary people, governments, and institutions act in the wake of natural disasters. A century ago, governments buoyed by... Read More
Lowell Mick White, “Burnt House” (Buffalo Times Press, 2018)
After her parents’ divorce, Jackie Stalnaker is sent to her grandmother’s dilapidated house in a tiny town in West Virginia. It’s a hot, mid 1970’s summer in Burnt House, where the only thing to look forward to is a weekly old movie shown at the library. But Jackie is grateful... Read More
Adrienne Petty, “Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War” (Oxford UP, 2013)
Professor Adrienne Petty discusses her book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013), about the black and white farmers in the South who were part of the “small farming class,” and their evolving strategies for holding onto their land through the... Read More
Brian Cervantez, “Amon Carter: A Lone Star Life” (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)
Raised in a one-room log cabin in a small North Texas town, Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) rose to become the founder and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a seat of power from which he relentlessly promoted the city of Fort Worth, amassed a fortune, and established himself as the... Read More