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A Review of Powell’s “The Accidental City” by Madelein Pierron Patrick

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell. Harvard University Press, 2012. Paper, ISBN: 9780674059870. $29.95.  In The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans, Lawrence Powell describes the history of New Orleans, from the personal ambition and political intrigue … Continue reading

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A Review of McCandless’ “Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry” by Benjamin Smith

Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry by Peter McCandless. Cambridge University Press, 2011. Hardback, ISBN: 9781107004153. $90.00 Blending three veins of historiography in a single work, and doing it well, is a task most commendable. Peter McCandless’ Slavery, … Continue reading

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A Review of Fleche’s “The Revolution of 1861″ by David Thomson

The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict by Andre M. Fleche. University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Cloth, ISBN: 9780807835234. $35.00. With the sesquicentennial of the war upon us, dozens of scholarly works … Continue reading

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A Review of Janney’s “Burying the Dead but not the Past” by Angela Esco Elder

Burying the Dead but not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause by Caroline E. Janney. The University of North Carolina Press, 2008. Paper, ISBN: 9780807872253. $24.95. “Even if future generations would forget their contributions with the passing … Continue reading

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A Review of Carey’s “Sold Down the River” by Katherine E. Rohrer

Sold Down the River: Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia by Anthony Gene Carey. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011. Cloth, ISBN: 0817317414. $29.95. Some may lament that works of history are increasingly written with specialized … Continue reading

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A Review of Flippen’s “Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right” by Ashton Ellett

Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right by J. Brooks Flippen. University of Georgia Press, 2001. Paper, ISBN: 0820337706. $26.95. Readers expecting yet another political biography of the thirty-ninth president will be sorely disappointed…or … Continue reading

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A Review of Brown, Parks, and Phillips, eds “African American Fraternities and Sororities,” by Daleah Goodwin

African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision, Second Edition by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, and Clarenda M. Phillips, eds. University of Kentucky Press, 2012. Cloth, ISBN:  9780813136622. $39.95. Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, and … Continue reading

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A Review of Frank and Kilbride’s “Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown” by James Hill Welborn, III

Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Edited by Lisa Tendrich Frank and Daniel Kilbride. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. Pp. vii, 301. $74.95, cloth. Rarely does a book’s title and cover so fully encompass what lies within … Continue reading

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A Review of Malinda Lowery’s “Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South” by Andrew Epstein

Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation by Malinda Maynor Lowery. University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Paper, ISBN: 9780807871119. $21.95. Native American Studies and History, at least in their strictest sense, can … Continue reading

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A review of Wallace Hettle’s “Inventing Stonewall Jackson: A Civil War Hero in History and Memory” by Joseph M. Beilein

Inventing Stonewall Jackson: A Civil War Hero in History and Memory By Wallace Hettle Baton Rougle: LSU Press, 2011 $34.95 [Cloth] Joseph M. Beilein, Jr. is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Wallace Hettle’s … Continue reading

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