New Books Network

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
E. Engelhardt and L. Smith, “The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Table” (Ohio UP, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Elizabeth Engelhardt, co-editor of the new collection The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Tables (Ohio University Press, 2019), also edited by Lora Smith and published by Ohio University Press. We are also joined by Courtney Balestier who is... Read More
Carl Rollyson, “The Life of William Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934” (UVA Press, 2020)
As a novelist, short story author, screenwriter, and Nobel laureate, William Faulkner looms large in modern American literature. Yet the very range of his work and the sources for his rich literary worlds often defy easy assessment. In The Life of William Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934 (University... Read More
Adam H. Domby, “The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory” (U Virginia Press, 2020)
Adam H. Domby, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Charleston, has written a rigorous analysis of American political memory as it connects to the Civil War and long shadow of the Confederacy. The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (University of Virginia Press,... Read More
Christopher Tomlins, “In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History” (Princeton UP, 2020)
In 1831, Nat Turner led a band of Southampton County slaves in a rebellion that killed fifty-five whites, mostly women and children. After more than two months in hiding, Turner was captured, and quickly convicted and executed. Christopher Tomlins‘ new book In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History (Princeton... Read More
Mary Stanton, “Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930-1950” (U Georgia Press, 2019)
Mary Stanton’s Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930–1950 (University of Georgia Press, 2019) is the first narrative history of the American communist movement in the South since Robin D. G. Kelley’s groundbreaking Hammer and Hoe and the first to explore its key figures and actions beyond the 1930s. Written... Read More
Conor Picken and Matthew Dischinger, “Southern Comforts: Drinking and the US South” (LSU Press, 2020)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Conor Picken and Matthew Dischinger about their edited collection, Southern Comforts: Drinking and the US South from Louisiana State University Press’s Southern Literary Studies Series. This collection of seventeen essays focuses on the mythologies and representations of alcohol production, distribution, and consumption... Read More