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Glen Bowman, Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University 1891-2016
“The story of ECSU was not one of perpetual progress. Periods of boom were followed by periods of bust. The book will walk reader through the founding decade of the 1890’s through modern day, and explain how this public, academic institution made its greatest progress when the following forces stood behind it: North Carolina’s state government, alumni, local community, and the federal government. When those forces were weak, even working against it, the institution greatly suffered.
This is a scholarly book based on archival research, existing scholarship in refereed journals and monographs, as well as personal interviews.”
Jeff Broadwater, Barton College
James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation
University of North Carolina Press
Published: February 2016 (paper)
“James Madison is remembered primarily as a systematic political theorist, but this bookish and unassuming man was also a practical politician who strove for balance in an age of revolution. In this biography, Jeff Broadwater focuses on Madison’s role in the battle for religious freedom in Virginia, his contributions to the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, his place in the evolution of the party system, his relationship with Dolley Madison, his performance as a wartime commander in chief, and his views on slavery. From Broadwater’s perspective, no single figure can tell us more about the origins of the American republic than our fourth president.
In these pages, Madison emerges as a remarkably resilient politician, an unlikely wartime leader who survived repeated setbacks in the War of 1812 with his popularity intact. Yet Broadwater shows that despite his keen intelligence, the more Madison thought about one issue, race, the more muddled his thinking became, and his conviction that white prejudices were intractable prevented him from fully grappling with the dilemma of American slavery.”
Hilary Green, University of Alabama
Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890
Fordham University Press
Published: April 2016
“Tracing the first two decades of state-funded African American schools, Educational Reconstruction addresses the ways in which black Richmonders, black Mobilians, and their white allies created, developed, and sustained a system of African American schools following the Civil War.
Hilary Green proposes a new chronology in understanding postwar African American education, examining how urban African Americans demanded quality public schools from their new city and state partners. Revealing the significant gains made after the departure of the Freedmen’s Bureau, this study reevaluates African American higher education in terms of developing a cadre of public school educator-activists and highlights the centrality of urban African American protest in shaping educational decisions and policies in their respective cities and states.”
Heather Fearnbach, Fearnbach History Services
Winston-Salem’s Architectural Heritage
Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission
Published: July 2015
“Winston-Salem’s Architectural Heritage provides a comprehensive overview of the city’s distinctive built environment. The book profiles individual resources ranging from sturdy mid-eighteenth-century dwellings to postmodern skyscrapers as well as the neighborhoods that evolved as Salem, the Moravians’ central congregation town, and Winston, to the north, grew slowly but steadily. The municipalities’ 1913 consolidation to form Winston-Salem formalized a symbiotic relationship that had been in place for many years as leaders from both communities joined forces in business endeavors, development initiatives, and infrastructure improvements.”
Melinda Pash, Fayetteville Technical Community College
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War
New York University Press
Published: May 2014
“Largely overshadowed by World War II’s ‘greatest generation’ and the more vocal veterans of the Vietnam era, Korean War veterans remain relatively invisible in the narratives of both war and its aftermath. Yet, just as the beaches of Normandy and the jungles of Vietnam worked profound changes on conflict participants, the Korean Peninsula chipped away at the beliefs, physical and mental well-being, and fortitude of Americans completing wartime tours of duty there. Upon returning home, Korean War veterans struggled with home front attitudes toward the war, faced employment and family dilemmas, and wrestled with readjustment. Not unlike other wars, Korea proved a formative and defining influence on the men and women stationed in theater, on their loved ones, and in some measure on American culture. In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation not only gives voice to those Americans who served in the ‘forgotten war’ but chronicles the larger personal and collective consequences of waging war the American way.”
Charles V. Reed, Elizabeth City State University
Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911
Manchester University Press
Published: February 2016
“The book examines the ritual space of nineteenth-century royal tours of empire and the diverse array of historical actors who participated in them. The book is a tale of royals who were ambivalent and bored partners in the project of empire; colonial administrators who used royal ceremonies to pursue a multiplicity of projects and interests or to imagine themselves as African chiefs or heirs to the Mughal emperors; local princes and chiefs who were bullied and bruised by the politics of the royal tour, even as some of them used the tour to symbolically appropriate or resist British cultural power; and settlers of European descent and people of color in the empire who made claims on the rights and responsibilities of imperial citizenship and as co-owners of Britain’s global empire. Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World suggests that the diverse responses to the royal tours of the nineteenth century demonstrate how a multi-centered British-imperial culture was forged in the empire and was constantly made and remade, appropriated and contested. In this context, subjects of empire provincialized the British Isles, centering the colonies in their political and cultural constructions of empire, Britishness, citizenship, and loyalty.”