New Books Network

Jennifer Atkins, “New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920” (LSU Press, 2017)
In New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920 (LSU Press, 2017), Dr. Jennifer Atkins draws back the curtain on the origin of the exclusive Mardi Gras balls, bringing to light unique traditions unseen by outsiders. The oldest Carnival organizations emerged in the mid-nineteenth century and ruled... Read More
Alex Sayf Cummings, “Brain Magnet: Research Triangle Park and the Idea of the Idea Economy” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Beginning in the 1950s, a group of academics, businesspeople, and politicians set out on an ambitious project to remake North Carolina’s low-wage economy. They pitched the universities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill as the kernel of a tech hub, Research Triangle Park, which would lure a new class of... Read More
Anne Lindsay, “Reconsidering Interpretation of Heritage Sites: America in the Eighteenth Century” (Routledge, 2020)
2020 had been an intense year for Americans reflecting on their nation’s history. From attacks on statues to public debates about the 1619 Project to the release of Hamilton on a streaming service, Americans have been taking a hard look at how the history of the founding of the United... Read More
Ann Tucker, “Newest Born of Nations: European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy” (UVA Press, 2020)
From the earliest stirrings of southern nationalism to the defeat of the Confederacy, analysis of European nationalist movements played a critical role in how southerners thought about their new southern nation. Southerners argued that because the Confederate nation was cast in the same mold as its European counterparts, it deserved... Read More
Emily Wallace, “Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South” (U Texas Press, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Emily Wallace, author and illustrator of the new book Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South (University of Texas Press, 2019). Road Sides pays homage to popular travel guides with its short chapters, one for each... Read More
Jerry Gershenhorn, “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle” (UNC Press, 2018)
James West speaks with Jerry Gershenhorn, Julius L. Chambers Professor of History at North Carolina Central University, about Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), ahead of the book’s paperback release. Gershenhorn’s award-winning study recovers the life and activism of Louis... Read More
Nicole Maurantonio, “Confederate Exceptionalism: Civil War Myth and Memory in the Twenty-First Century” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
In a time of contentious debate over Confederate monuments, Nicole Maurantonio (Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond) provides an intriguing look into how revisionist ideas of the Confederacy have seeped into mainstream culture. Based in Richmond, the former capital of the... Read More
Michael Goldfield, “The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The golden key to understanding the last 75 years of American political development, the eminent labor relations scholar Michael Goldfield argues, lies in the contests between labor and capital in the American South during the 1930s and 1940s. Labor agitation and unionization efforts in the South in the New Deal... Read More
Howard Philips Smith, “Southern Decadence in New Orleans” (LSU Press, 2018)
Almost a year ago, on my second interview for this podcast, I talked to Howard Philips Smith about Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans. I invited him back to tell us about his follow up book: Southern Decadence in New Orleans. Co-written with Frank... Read More