Book reviews

The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians seeks book reviewers on an ongoing basis.

The book review editor assigns reviews from a list of books available for review. Additionally, a prospective reviewer may contact the book review editor to suggest a title for assignment that is not on the list of available titles. Reviews that are unsolicited and arrive without assignment will be returned. We do not accept reviews that are published elsewhere in print or electronically.

To be considered as a reviewer, send an email request with your current c.v. to the book review editor, Hilary Green ( Preference is given to NCAH members in assigning reviews. We encourage prospective reviewers to consider joining the NCAH.

Publishers interested in submitting books for review should contact the review editor before sending materials.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically by email attachment. It is not necessary to submit a hard copy of the review.   In addition to the review itself, the reviewer’s name and affiliation are needed.  Reviews should be submitted electronically in .doc, .docx or.rtf format to Hilary Green (

Deadline: December 31, 2017 (Any review received after March 1, 2018  will automatically appear in the 2018 volume).

Available Titles (updated November 28, 2017)

Duke University Press

Forner, Karlyn. Why the Vote Wasn’t Enough for Selma.

Madera, Judith. Black Atlas: Geography and the Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature.

Makhulu, Anne-Marie. Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home.

Price, David H. Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, The Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology.

Spencer, Robyn C. The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland.

Winters, Joseph. R. Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress.

Texas A&M Press

Head, William P. Night Hunters: The AC-130s and their Role in US Airpower.

Head, William P. Shadow and Stinger: Developing the AC-119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War.

University of North Carolina Press

Asch, Chris Myers and George Derek Musgrove. Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.

Andrews, Jr., Rod. The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens: Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder.

Benson, Devyn Spence. Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution.

Blankenship, Anne M. Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II.

Brown, David S. Moderates: The Vital Center of American Politics, From the Founding to Today.

Chansky, Art. Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town.

Ching, Erik. Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle over Memory.

Cooper, Christopher A and H. Gibbs Knotts, The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People.

Cooper, Melissa L. Making Gullah: A History of the Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination.

Cox, Caroline. Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution.

Domber, Gregory F. Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War.

Eustace, Nicole and Fredrika J. Teute, ed. Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812.

Fett, Sharla M. Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade.

Ferris, William. The South in Color: A Visual Journal.

Ford, Tanisha C. Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul.

Gaines, Alisha. Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy.

Gallaman, J. Matthew. Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front.

Gates, Henry Louis. The Official Companion to the PBS Series Finding Your Roots, Season 2.

Gilbert, David. The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace.

Griest, Stephanie Elizondo. All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands

Grundy, Pamela. Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality.

Gura, Philip F. The Life of William Apess, Pequot.

Haley, Sarah. No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity.

Hanna, Mark G. Pirates Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740.

Haskell, Alexander B. For God, King, and People: Forging Commonwealth Bonds in Renaissance Virginia.

Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965.

Hunter, Douglas. The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past.

Kelley, Sean M. The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare: A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina.

Krochmal, Max. Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era.

Lindsay, Lisa A. Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa.

Little, Douglas. Us Versus Them: The United States, Radical Islam, and the Rise of the Green Threat.

Livingston, James. No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea.

Mailer, Gideon. John Witherspoon’s American Revolution.

Miller, Adrian. The President’s Kitchen Cabinent: The Story of African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.

Paik, A. Naomi. Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress, in the U.S. Prison Campus since World War II.

Parkinson, Robert G. The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution.

Parsons, David L. Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era.

Pryor, Elizabeth Stordeur. Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War.

Rabinowitz, Richard. Curating America: Journeys Through Storyscapes of the American Past.

Randolph, Sherie M. Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of Black Feminist Radical.

Rittenhouse, Jennifer. Discovering the South: One Man’s Travels Through Changing America in the 1930s.

Rogoff, Leonard. Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South.

Rymph, Catherine E. Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State.

Shoemaker, Nancy. Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race.

Sippial, Tiffany A. Prostitution, Modernity and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920.

Syrett, Nicholas L. American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States.

Stahl, Jason. Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in the American Political Culture Since 1945.

Taylor, Ula Yvette. The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam.

Tise, Larry E. and Jeffrey J. Crow. New Voyages to Carolina: Reinterpreting North Carolina History.

Tortor, Daniel J. Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763.

Van Horn, Jennifer. The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America.

Walker, J. Samuel and Randy Roberts. The Road to Madness: How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball.

Ward, Stephen M. In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs.

Wilson, Emily Herring. The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own.

Wilson, Thomas D. The Ashley Cooper Plan: The Founding of Carolina and the Origins of Southern Political Culture.

Winiarski, Douglas L. Darkness Falls on the Land of Light.

 University of Tennessee Press

Cohen, Phil. The Jackson Project: War in the American Workplace, A Memoir.

List is updated periodically as books are requested and new books are received from publishers.