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The Strikers of Coachella: Read the Intro

The following is an excerpt of The Strikers of Coachella: A Rank-and-File History of the UFW Movement by Christian O. Paiz, available wherever books are sold. In a Small Place In the summer of 1969, the United Farm Workers (UFW) newspaper, El Malcriado, published an eight-photo spread titled “The Strikers of Coachella”: two of Mexican women, two of Filipino men, and… Continue Reading The Strikers of Coachella: Read the Intro

The Return of Lula to the Brazilian Presidency: Reflections by Lula’s Biographer

Guest blog post by John D. French, author of Lula and His Politics of Cunning: From Metalworker to President of Brazil I progress as I digress, the author of Tristram Shandy wrote, and so Brazil, a country whose November election touched hearts, leading many to contact me after the second round of the election. The anxieties associated with uncertainties of the transition—including… Continue Reading The Return of Lula to the Brazilian Presidency: Reflections by Lula’s Biographer

JSTOR and university press partners announce Path to Open Books pilot

JSTOR, part of the non-profit ITHAKA, and a cohort of leading university presses announced today Path to Open, a program to support the open access publication of new groundbreaking scholarly books that will bring diverse perspectives and research to millions of people. Launching as a pilot, Path to Open libraries will contribute funds to enable participating presses to publish new books… Continue Reading JSTOR and university press partners announce Path to Open Books pilot

Agriculture’s Energy: Introduction

The following is an excerpt from the introduction of Agriculture’s Energy: The Trouble with Ethanol in Brazil’s Green Revolution by Thomas D. Rogers, available now wherever books are sold. From 1900 to 2000, in the midst of dramatic population growth, Brazil experienced a neat demographic inversion. At the same time that it grew by a factor of ten, from 17… Continue Reading Agriculture’s Energy: Introduction

$100 for the Close of Our 100th

Looking forward to our 101th year of publishing, we thank the friends and supporters of UNC Press in whatever way you provide our nonprofit publishing with support—be it through the purchase (or accessing via the library of your choice) our ebooks, books, and journals, or through your generous financial gifts. Having reached the culmination of our centennial anniversary, we invite… Continue Reading $100 for the Close of Our 100th

Making Fruitcake: From its Origins to My Oven

The following is a guest blog post by Rebecca Sharpless, author of Grain and Fire: A History of Baking in the American South, which is available now everywhere books are sold.  This year, I decided to make a fruitcake. Only a few people confess to actually liking fruitcake. Its density and the frequent use of a bitter fruit called citron… Continue Reading Making Fruitcake: From its Origins to My Oven

2026 and Insurance: A Conversation With Hannah Farber

Thanks to the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture for allowing us to reblog the following Q&A with Hannah Farber, author of Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding, that originally appeared on their blog, Uncommon Sense. In this installment of interviews with OI Book authors about the Semiquincentennial, Hannah Farber discusses marine insurance—a topic that seems… Continue Reading 2026 and Insurance: A Conversation With Hannah Farber

Upcoming Tour Dates with Anastasia Curwood, author of “Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics”

Historian and author Anastasia Curwood will be touring (in-person, unless otherwise noted as virtual) to discuss her new book, Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics, a cradle-to-grave biography offering the fullest picture yet of the life, political career, and legacy of Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress and the first woman and African… Continue Reading Upcoming Tour Dates with Anastasia Curwood, author of “Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics”

Early American Literature Announces 2022 Book Prize Recipient

The following is the 2022 Book Prize announcement from Early American Literature, the official journal of both the Society of Early Americanists and the MLA’s Forum on Early American Literature.  Wendy Raphael Roberts, Associate Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, has been selected to receive the 2022 Early American Literature Book Prize. Roberts’s Awakening Verse: The Poetics of Early American Evangelicalism was published… Continue Reading Early American Literature Announces 2022 Book Prize Recipient

Eugene Gordon and the League for the Struggle of Negro Rights in Boston

The following is a guest blog post from Zebulon Vance Miletsky, author of Before Busing: A History of Boston’s Long Black Freedom Struggle.  Before Busing tells the story of the men and women who struggled and demonstrated to make school desegregation a reality in Boston. It reveals the legal efforts and battles over tactics that played out locally and influenced the… Continue Reading Eugene Gordon and the League for the Struggle of Negro Rights in Boston

$100 for the 100th: Celebrating UNC Press’s History of Excellence

Having reached our centennial anniversary, we invite you to join with us in including the Press in your end-of-year giving with a gift of $100 for the UNC Press 100th—or, any amount meaningful to you!   We’ve compiled a concise listing of facts concerning our early history that many are unaware of in order to convey the important contributions of UNC… Continue Reading $100 for the 100th: Celebrating UNC Press’s History of Excellence

#NextUP: Black Women’s History Series

Happy University Press Week 2022! We are thrilled to be announcing a new series from UNC Press, Black Women’s History, during the Association of University Presses annual celebration. #UPWeek garners awareness and recognition for the vital publishing university presses offer, and this year’s theme, “Next UP,” highlights the dedicated work performed by those in the university press community to seek… Continue Reading #NextUP: Black Women’s History Series

Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South and the Question of Freedom in American History

The following is a guest blog post by Viola Franziska Müller, author of Escape to the City: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum Urban South, which is available now everywhere books are sold. Tens of thousands of people escaped slavery in the antebellum South. While the bulk of scholarship has focused on those who fled to the northern states and outside of the country, the… Continue Reading Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South and the Question of Freedom in American History

In Memoriam: Philip Gerard

UNC Press is saddened to learn that Philip Gerard, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the author of numerous books that include Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina and The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina, has died. We offer our condolences to… Continue Reading In Memoriam: Philip Gerard

Early American Literature Statement from UNC Press

The University of North Carolina Press is proud to have published the recent special issue of the journal Early American Literature, Volume 57, Number 3. The issue offers an ambitious and wide-ranging study of Phillis Wheatley, featuring over 25 articles and other reflections on Wheatley’s work. It was prepared to high standards of scholarly integrity by its guest editors, Tara… Continue Reading Early American Literature Statement from UNC Press

Global Christianity and the Cold War

The following is an excerpt from Global Faith, Worldly Power: Evangelical Internationalism and U.S. Empire edited by John Corrigan, Melani McAlister, Axel R. Schäfer. Global Christianity and the Cold War The military and economic footprint of the U.S. abroad expanded rapidly after World War II. The growth of evangelical mission and humanitarian aid activities needs to be viewed in this context. The… Continue Reading Global Christianity and the Cold War

$100 for the 100th: For Your Year End Giving Consideration

There’s no trick to it: if you’ve been following us throughout 2022, you know the University of North Carolina Press has been celebrating our centennial year with events, appreciation in the media, at conferences we’ve returned to in person, with the unveiling of a new logo and many fun giveaways, and extensively on social media.  Fun fact that often comes… Continue Reading $100 for the 100th: For Your Year End Giving Consideration

Refugees or Asylum-Seekers

The following is an excerpt from Detention Empire: Reagan’s War on Immigrants & the Seeds of Resistance by Kristina Shull, available now everywhere books are sold. Refugees or Asylum-Seekers The massive scope and devastations of the Vietnam War indelibly scarred US political and social life, reshaping subsequent US refugee politics. Growing public divisions over the war also help to explain the seeming paradox… Continue Reading Refugees or Asylum-Seekers

Announcing Publication of “A New History of the American South,” the First, Collaborative Effort to Tell the History of the Region for the Twenty-First Century  

The University of North Carolina Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming and long-awaited publication of A New History of the American South, edited by Pulitzer Prize-finalist W. Fitzhugh Brundage. With associate editors Laura Edwards and Jon F. Sensbach, Brundage has compiled a definitive, one-volume history of the American South. The broadly chronological collection features essays by leading scholars on various aspects of the… Continue Reading Announcing Publication of “A New History of the American South,” the First, Collaborative Effort to Tell the History of the Region for the Twenty-First Century  

UNC Press Welcomes Dawn Durante as Assistant Editorial Director

The University of North Carolina Press is delighted to announce that Dawn Durante will join its acquisitions editorial team as assistant editorial director, effective October 17, 2022. Durante will commission and acquire general interest and scholarly work in history, African American and Africana studies, and other related fields. As a senior leader within the acquisitions department, she will also work… Continue Reading UNC Press Welcomes Dawn Durante as Assistant Editorial Director