Browse by Subject: History

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The Revolution That Failed: Reconstruction in Natchitoches

The chaotic years after the Civil War are often seen as a time of uniquely American idealism—a revolutionary attempt to rebuild the nation that paved the way for the civil rights movement of the twentieth century. But Adam Fairclough rejects this prevailing view, challenging prominent historians such as Eric Foner and James McPherson. He argues that Reconstruction was, quite simply, a disaster and that the civil rights movement triumphed despite it, not because of it.

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Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida

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The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America

This volume expands the chronology and geography of the black freedom struggle beyond the traditional emphasis on the old South and the years between 1954 and 1968. 

 

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Race, Place, and Memory: Deep Currents in Wilmington, North Carolina

A revealing work of public history that shows how communities remember their pasts in different ways to fit specific narratives, Race, Place, and Memory charts the ebb and flow of racial tension in Wilmington, North Carolina, from the 1730s to the present day.

 

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Everybody's Problem: The War on Poverty in Eastern North Carolina

Karen Hawkins describes the founding of Craven Operation Progress in North Carolina, discusses the philosophies and tactics of its directors, and outlines the tensions that arose between local leadership and federal control. 

 

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Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, 1812–1815

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Between Washington and Du Bois: The Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard

Between Washington and Du Bois describes the life and work of James Edward Shepard, the founder and president of the first state-supported black liberal arts college in the South—what is today known as North Carolina Central University. 

 

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Borderland Narratives: Negotiation and Accommodation in North America’s Contested Spaces, 1500–1850

Broadening the idea of “borderlands” beyond its traditional geographic meaning, this volume features new ways of characterizing the political, cultural, religious, and racial fluidity of early America.

 

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The President and American Capitalism since 1945

Tracing the development of the U.S. presidency since Harry S. Truman took office in 1945, this volume describes the many ways the president’s actions have affected the development of capitalism in the post–World War II era.