New Books Network

Blake Perkins, “Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks” (U Illinois Press, 2017)
Blake Perkins, assistant professor of history at Williams Baptist College, discusses his new book, Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks (University of Illinois Press, 2017), regional relations with the federal government, and the evolution of grassroots politics. Perkins searches for the roots of rural defiance in... Read More
Mark Barr, “Watershed” (Hub City Press, 2019)
It’s 1937 and rural Tennessee is still recovering from the Great Depression. The construction of a huge dam brings job seekers, fortune hunters, and the promise of electricity to the area. Claire, a young mother of two, realizes her marriage is over when she wakes up with a sexually transmitted... Read More
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, “Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America” (W. W. Norton, 2019)
Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. But while Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her younger sisters chose vastly different lives. Seeking their fortunes in the North, Grace and Katharine reinvented themselves as radical thinkers whose literary works... Read More
Chad Pearson, “Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2015)
Professor Chad Pearson of Collin College, author of Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) traces the roots of modern anti-unionism in the U.S. to the early 20th century open shop movement and a push by business interests nationwide to break unions and stall the... Read More
Alex Lichtenstein, “Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid” (Indiana UP, 2016)
Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, discusses his new book with co-author Rick Halpern, Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid (Indiana University Press, 2016) photojournalism, and writing transnational histories of labor and social justice movements. As a photographer for Life and Fortune magazines, Margaret Bourke-White traveled... Read More
Talitha LeFlouria, “Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Talitha LeFlouria, a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, discusses her book, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and the lives, labors, and legacies of incarcerated black women and the convict... Read More
Katherine Rye Jewell, “Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Katherine Rye Jewell, Assistant Professor of History at Fitchburg State University, discusses her book, Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and the evolution of political and economic conservatism in the twentieth-century South. Organized in 1933, the Southern States Industrial... Read More