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The Bookmaker’s Daughter
A Memory Unbound

Shirley Abbott

Shirley Jean Abbott grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the 1940s and 50s, the daughter of Alfred Bemont Abbott, affectionately known as “Hat.” Hat wasn’t a bookmaker in the literary sense. Rather, his craft was gambling, and his business was horse racing. (more …)

$15.95 Paper
ISBN-10 1-55728-821-6

A Whole Country in Commotion
The Louisiana Purchase and the American Southwest

Edited by Patrick G. Williams, S. Charles Bolton, and Jeannie M. Whayne

Looking past the triumphal aspects of the purchase, this book examines the “negotiations among peoples, nations and empires that preceded and followed the actual transfer of territory.” Its nine essays highlight the “commotion” the purchase stirred up—among nations, among Louisiana residents and newcomers, even among those who remained east of the Mississippi. (more …)

April 2005
240 pages, index
6" x 9"
$19.95 paper (s)
ISBN 1-55728-784-8

The South in Modern America
A Region at Odds

Dewey W. Grantham

The South in Modern America is a lively and illuminating account of the Southern experience since the end of Reconstruction. In the twentieth century, as in the nineteenth, the South has been the region most sharply at odds with the rest of the nation. (more …)

2001, 6"x9"
406 pages, 93 illustrations
$19.95 paper
(s) 1-55728-710-4

The Southern Elite and Social Change
Essays in Honor of Willard B. Gatewood, Jr.

Edited by Randy Finley and Thomas A. DeBlack
with a Foreword by James C. Cobb

Elites have shaped southern life and communities, argues the distinguished historian Willard Gatewood. These essays—written by Gatewood's colleagues and former students in his honor—explore the influence of particular elites in the South from the American Revolution to the Little Rock integration crisis. (more …)

2002, 256 pages
$19.95 paper (s), 1-55728-720-1

Cry from the Cotton
The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and the New Deal

Donald H. Grubbs
Foreword by Dewey W. Grantham

The seminal study of the biracial movement of sharecroppers who in the 1930s stirred the national conscience to their plight of poverty and servitude.

The Southern Tenant Farmers' Union was founded in eastern Arkansas in 1934 to protest the New Deal's enrichment of Southern cotton barons at the expense of suffering sharecroppers, both black and white. Their courageous struggle, in the face of determined and often violent resistance from their landlords, is the subject of this thorough study from Donald H. Grubbs, which was published to critical acclaim in 1971. (more …)

"It was in Arkansas—in the rich cotton land of the Mississippi Delta-that the desperation and hope of the early New Deal years led thousands of tenant farmers to do the unimaginable, to rebel and to organize in their own defense."

—Dewey W. Grantham, Vanderbilt University
author of The South in Modern America

2000, 224 pages, 11 illustrations
$20.00 paper (s), 1-55728-522-5

Born in the Delta

Margaret Bolsterli

Comparable to Shirley Abbott's Womenfolks, Born in the Delta is a valuable resource for those interested in southern history (more …)

"Bolsterli's work is both that of the Southerner native-born and of the cosmopolitan richly experienced with contrasting ways of knowing."

—Gayle Graham Yates, University of Minnesota

2000, 152 pages, 11 illustrations
$16.95 paper (s)

The Second Great Emancipation
The Mechanical Cotton Picker, Black Migration, and How They Shaped the Modern South

Donald Holley

In this revisionist study, Donald Holley marshals impressive statistical and narrative evidence to show that mechanization occurred in the Delta region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi only after the region's oversupply of small farmers was reduced. He thereby corrects a long-standing belief that mechanization "pushed" labor off the land. (more …)

"This is truly an outstanding study . . . a large and detailed look at a very important topic."

—Gilbert C. Fite
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Georgia

2000, 448 pages, 18 illustrations
$36.00 cloth (s), 1-55728-606-X

The Expedition of Hernando de Soto West of the Mississippi, 1541–1543
Proceedings of the de Soto Symposia, 1988 and 1990

Edited by Gloria A. Young and Michael P. Hoffman

Back by popular demand and new in paperback, this spirited collection of nearly twenty papers celebrates the 450th anniversary of Hernando de Soto's epic expedition across the Southeast and West.

The book focuses on research that challenges traditional interpretation of de Soto's entrada and travel route, particularly after the expedition crossed the Mississippi River. (more …)

1999, 320 pages
35 illustrations, 13 tables
$24.95 paper (s), 1-55728-580-2

Deep'n as It Come
The 1927 Mississippi River Flood

Pete Daniel

"The contradictions of sorrow and humor. . . death and salvation, despair and hope, calm and panic—all reveal the human dimension" in this compassionate and unforgettable portrait of common people confronting a great natural disaster.

1996, 224 pages
$24.95 paper (s), 1-55728-401-6


Destiny by Choice
The Inaugural Addresses of the Governors of Texas

Edited by Marvin E. De Boer
Foreword by Governor Ann W. Richards

Each address is accompanied by a brief biographical sketch of the speaker, who is placed squarely within the milieu of those unfolding events characterizing the period.

1992, 496 pages, 40 illustrations
$50.00 cloth (s), 1-55728-232-3


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