Category Archives: southern history

This week marks the anniversary of the death (?) of Elvis Presley, a transformative cultural figure of the twentieth or any other century. If you have memories of that afternoon in 1977, you perhaps recall what you were doing when news of … Continue reading

Daisy Turner was a woman of many words. The storyteller and poet was a living repository of history. She related the stories of her own family, from the abduction of her ancestors in West Africa to her own upbringing in … Continue reading

Cheryl Janifer LaRoche is a lecturer in American studies at the University of Maryland. She answered some questions about her book Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance. Q: You write that the Underground Railroad is a … Continue reading

How did African Americans survive the period between 1890 and 1930 when mobs lynched members of their communities and proudly circulated pictures of the mutilated corpses?  How did African Americans maintain a dignified sense of self when photographs of lynch … Continue reading

Stephen Wade’s book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience has been awarded Best History in the 2013 The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence category of Best Research in Folk, World, … Continue reading

Larry Eugene Rivers’s recent book Rebels and Runaways: Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Florida has received the Bronze Medal in the Florida Book Awards Nonfiction Category for 2012. Published in July 2012, Rebels and Runaways analyzes the various degrees of slave … Continue reading

Larry Eugene Rivers’ recent University of Illinois Press book, Rebels and Runaways: Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Florida has earned the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award from the Florida Historical Society. Using a variety of sources such as slaveholders’ wills … Continue reading

This week the Los Angeles Times published a sparkling review of Stephen Wade’s new book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. “Musician and folklorist Stephen Wade dissects and celebrates the vast diversity of American culture in The … Continue reading

On August 27, 2012, we will publish a paperback edition of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy … Continue reading

In 1929 a drifter named Connie Franklin was killed in the Arkansas Ozarks and his teenage fiancé was raped. Five local men were arrested for the crimes. On the eve of the murder trial, the dead man reappeared to testify on … Continue reading