“The book is an interesting read for those concerned with the history of the South, but also for those interested in how newer issues such as the US-Mexican border and criminal justice policies fit within the region’s history.”
--New Books in Political Science

Provide[s] new insights... [into] the debate over southern distinctiveness.
--The Journal of American History

Genuinely transnational in scope. . . .[The essays] make significant contributions to our understanding of relationship between the South and the federal government.
--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

The essays in Nation Within a Nation: The American South and Federal Government help us comprehend both [the South’s] contempt and [its] dependence.
--Journal of Southern History