Odds & Ends
Julie Bond-Meers of Chapel Hill was the winner in the first Win Free Books drawing, on June 15. She chose the Southern Culture prize package. The next drawing is September 15. . . . Our congratulations and thanks to Manteo Booksellers, who sold more than 300 copies of David Stick's An Outer Banks Reader at a book party on July 1. Stick signed every single copy. . . . Novelist Kaye Gibbons credits UNC Press book Sherman's March Through the Carolinas as a valuable source for her latest, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon. Thanks, Kaye! . . . Carol Reardon, author of Pickett's Charge in History and Memory, was featured in a Washington Post Magazine article on the 135th anniversary of Pickett's Charge. . . . Kathleen Ketterman, Assistant Director and Marketing Manager at UNC Press, received the 1998 Constituency Award at the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses. Kathy was honored for her contributions to the university press world. Congratulations, Kathy!
SHORT TAKES: Fall Books Preview
Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy|
Edited by David S. Cecelski and Timothy B. Tyson
Foreword by John Hope Franklin
At the close of the nineteenth century, white supremacists in North
Carolina engineered a revolution that set back decades of progress for African Americans in the state. The most notorious episode of the campaign was the Wilmington race riot of 1898, which claimed the lives of many black residents. This book draws together the best new scholarship on the events of 1898 and their aftermath. Many of the contributors will participate in the symposium The 1898 Wilmington Racial Violence And Its Legacy in Wilmington on October 23-24, 1998. John Hope Franklin will be the keynote speaker.
$18.95 paperback, $45 hardcover
Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992|
by William M. LeoGrande
A detailed and gripping account of U.S. foreign policy toward Central America in the waning years of the Cold War by a leading scholar of U.S. relations with Central America who was also a senior advisor to Senate and House committees on the region. As LeoGrande argues, Central America's fate hinged on decisions that were subject to intense struggles among, and within, Congress, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House--decisions over which Central Americans had little or no influence. LeoGrande takes the story through the Iran-contra affair, the nation's most serious political crisis since Watergate.
GOOD NEWS! Excerpts from Recent Reviews
Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South|
by Michael A. Gomez
"A fascinating treatment of the early history of African-American identity, one that should engage Americans of all races and ethnicities, and not just those who can claim this genealogy as an ancestral possession."--K. Anthony Appiah, New York Times Book Review
Pickett's Charge in History and Memory|
by Carol Reardon
"A splendidly lively study of the manipulation, not necessarily deliberate or malign, of public opinion."--Atlantic Monthly
"A fresh look at the disastrous assault."--New Yorker
An Outer Banks Reader|
Edited by David Stick
"[A] delightful potpourri."--Sierra
"A memorable, intimate portrait of life on a fragile chain of barrier islands. . . . Visible throughout this artfully crafted anthology is editor David Stick. He has rowed out to sea, like his forebears, in a little homemade boat and has captured a beautiful literary tribute of the island ranges."--Bloomsbury Review
North Carolina Beaches (Revised and Updated Edition)|
by Glenn Morris
"This 312-page guide includes useful tips on the eight coastal counties, and also gives voice to delightful brief essays, such as 'How To Behave on a Pier' and 'Name That Wave.' Include this in your essential beach gear."--Southern Living
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry|
by Philip D. Morgan
"A massive reconstruction of life in the 18th-century American South. . . . [Morgan] sets out to provide 'a balanced appreciation for the oppressiveness of bondage and of the ability of slaves to reshape their lives.' He has succeeded splendidly, and in the process reminded modern readers that the world of the 18th century is not so distant as they sometimes imagine."--New York Times Book Review
Richard Ewell: A Soldier's Life, by Donald R. Pfanz, has won the 1998 Douglas Southall Freeman History Award from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars.
Pickett's Charge in History and Memory, by Carol Reardon, has won the 1998 Forrest C. Pogue Prize from the Eisenhower Center for American Studies.
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