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Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars The University of North Carolina Press Anastasia Curwood


5th January 2013 History Books 10 Comments
The so-called New Negroes of the period between World Wars I and II embodied a new sense of racial pride and upward mobility for the race. Many of them thought that relationships between spouses could be a crucial factor in realizing this dream. But there was little agreement about how spousal relationships should actually function in an ideal New Negro marriage. Shedding light on an often-overlooked aspect of African American social history, Anastasia Curwood explores the public and private negotiations over gender relationships inside marriage that consumed upwardly mobile black Americans ...
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The Antietam Campaign The University of North Carolina Press Gary W. Gallagher


26th December 2012 History Books 9 Comments
The Maryland campaign of September 1862 ranks among the most important military operations of the American Civil War. Crucial political, diplomatic, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan maneuvered and fought in the western part of the state. The climactic clash came on September 17 at the battle of Antietam, where more than 23,000 men fell in the single bloodiest day of the war.Approaching topics related to Lee's and McClellan's operations from a variety of perspectives, contributors to this volume explore questions regarding military leadership, ...
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Contesting the New South Order: The 1914-1915 Strike at Atlanta’s Fulton Mills The University of North Carolina Press Clifford M. Kuhn


25th December 2012 History Books 7 Comments
In May 1914, workers walked off their jobs at Atlanta's Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, launching a lengthy strike that was at the heart of the American Federation of Labor's first major attempt to organize southern workers in over a decade. In its celebrity, the Fulton Mills strike was the regional contemporary of the well-known industrial conflicts in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Ludlow, Colorado. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the strike was an important episode in the development of the New South, and as Clifford Kuhn demonstrates, its story sheds light on the industrialization, ...
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A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War The University of North Carolina Press First Edition edition Daniel E. Sutherland


26th November 2012 History Books 21 Comments
The American Civil War is famous for epic battles involving massive armies outfitted in blue and gray uniforms, details that characterize conventional warfare. A Savage Conflict is the first work to treat guerrilla warfare as critical to understanding the course and outcome of the Civil War. Daniel Sutherland argues that irregular warfare took a large toll on the Confederate war effort by weakening support for state and national governments and diminishing the trust citizens had in their officials to protect them. Sutherland points out that early in the war Confederate military and political ...
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The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 The University of North Carolina Press Gary W. Gallagher


14th November 2012 History Books 9 Comments
Generally regarded as the most important of the Civil War campaigns conducted in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, that of 1864 lasted more than four months and claimed more than 25,000 casualties. The armies of Philip H. Sheridan and Jubal A. Early contended for immense stakes. Beyond the agricultural bounty and the boost in morale to be gained with a victory, events in the Valley would affect Abraham Lincoln's chances for reelection in the November 1864 presidential canvass.The eleven essays in this volume reexamine common assumptions about the campaign, its major figures, and its ...
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Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America 1740-1845 The University of North Carolina Press Catherine A. Brekus


6th November 2012 History Books 5 Comments
Margaret Meuse Clay, who barely escaped a public whipping in the 1760s for preaching without a license; "Old Elizabeth," an ex-slave who courageously traveled to the South to preach against slavery in the early nineteenth century; Harriet Livermore, who spoke in front of Congress four times between 1827 and 1844these are just a few of the extraordinary women profiled in this, the first comprehensive history of female preaching in early America.Drawing on a wide range of sources, Catherine Brekus examines the lives of more than a hundred female preachersboth white and African Americanwho ...
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Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love The University of North Carolina Press James Wolfinger


3rd November 2012 History Books 1 Comment
Wolfinger demonstrates how racial tensions in working-class neighborhoods and job sites shaped the contours of mid-twentieth-century liberal and conservative politics. As racial divisions fractured the working class, he argues, Republican leaders exploited these racial fissures to reposition their party as the champion of ordinary white citizens besieged by black demands and overwhelmed by liberal government orders. "Wolfinger's book is a significant addition to the burgeoning literature on race, politics, and metropolitanization in the United States following World War II. . . . [A] ...
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Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender Class and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South The University of North Carolina Press Leslie Brown


7th October 2012 History Books 1 Comment
In the 1910s, both W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington praised the black community in Durham, North Carolina, for its exceptional race progress. Migration, urbanization, and industrialization had turned black Durham from a post-Civil War liberation community into the "capital of the black middle class." African Americans owned and operated mills, factories, churches, schools, and an array of retail services, shops, community organizations, and race institutions. Using interviews, narratives, and family stories, Leslie Brown animates the history of this remarkable city from emancipation ...
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Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines The University of North Carolina Press Carolyn Kitch


21st September 2012 History Books 1 Comment
American popular magazines play a role in our culture similar to that of public historians, Carolyn Kitch contends. Drawing on evidence from the pages of more than sixty magazines, including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Black Enterprise, Ladies' Home Journal, and Reader's Digest, Kitch examines the role of journalism in creating collective memory and identity for Americans. Editorial perspectives, visual and narrative content, and the tangibility and keepsake qualities of magazines make them key repositories of American memory, Kitch argues. She discusses anniversary celebrations that assess the ...
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The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 The University of North Carolina Press Gary W. Gallagher


18th September 2012 History Books 5 Comments
This volume explores the Shenandoah Valley campaign, best known for its role in establishing Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's reputation as the Confederacy's greatest military idol. The authors address questions of military leadership, strategy and tactics, the campaign's political and social impact, and the ways in which participants' memories of events differed from what is revealed in the historical sources. In the process, they offer valuable insights into one of the Confederacy's most famous generals, those who fought with him and against him, the campaign's larger importance in ...
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