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, 2016 (Any review received after 2/28/17 will automatically appear in the 2018 volume).

Available Titles (updated January 21, 2017)

Duke University Press

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

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

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

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.

Cox, Caroline. Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution.

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

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

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

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.

Grinspan, Jon. The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peacock, Margaret. Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War.

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.

Sanders, Crystal R. A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle.

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.

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

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

 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.