New Books This Week

Happy Tuesday! On this New Book Tuesday we’re highlighting six new titles that are on sale today, wherever books are sold. Want updates every month on new titles? You can sign up for our monthly eNews here.

Oconaluftee: The History of a Smoky Mountain Valley by Elizabeth Giddens

“A deep dive into one valley of the mountain borderlands of the antebellum South, the Civil War, and industrialization. Giddens makes this amazing place come alive by connecting the stories of prosperous and less prosperous people from vastly different walks of life.”—Margaret Lynn Brown, Brevard College

Making Moral Citizens: How Faith-Based Organizers Use Vocation for Public Action by Jack Delehanty

“An immersive, thoughtful study on the context and practices of progressive religious organizing for social justice. Grounded in outstanding qualitative research, Delehanty’s book delivers fresh insight into the relationship between religion and politics.” —Gerardo Martí, author of American Blindspot: Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency

Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the Nineteenth-Century United States by Stephen Kantrowitz

“A much-needed intervention into the Indigenous history of North America and the history of the early American republic. For most people, Native history east of the Mississippi ends with removal, but Kantrowitz centers Indigenous people and nations within the story of westward expansion of the United States and reframes that expansion as a brutal struggle for control of Indigenous lands and a protracted contest to define the terms of inclusion and exclusion for Native peoples, white settlers, and free and enslaved Black people.”—Michael Witgen, author of Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America

Solidarity Across the Americas: The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and Anti-imperialism by Margaret M. Power

“This fascinating story often decenters the party’s history from Pedro Albizu Campos and illuminates lesser-known and unknown characters while also decentering the history of the party from a strictly Puerto Rican setting. A fine read!”—Kirwin Shaffer, Penn State University–Berks College

Demands of Justice: Enslaved Women, Capital Crime, and Clemency in Early Virginia by Tamika Y. Nunley

“This brave, important study poses haunting questions about the legal system during slavery. Through detail that is both rich and harrowing, Tamika Nunley uses the capital cases of enslaved Black women and girls to show how their alleged crimes challenged immoral laws and exposed the fictitious nature of justice in America. It will profoundly shape future histories of race, gender, and carceral regimes.”—Kali Gross, author of Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso and co-author of A Black Women’s History of the United States

Reading Territory: Indigenous and Black Freedom, Removal, and the Nineteenth-Century State by Kathryn Walkiewicz

“Walkiewicz draws on an impressive range of sources and scholarship to consider Indigenous and Black agency, conflict, alliance, and contestation against white supremacist ideologies behind state formation. This work is an intellectually and ethically compelling contribution to vital conversations in and between Indigenous studies, African American studies, and settler-colonial studies.”—Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation), University of British Columbia