What Insurance Wants You To See

The following is a guest blog post by Hannah Farber, author of Omohundro Institute & UNC Press published Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding. Unassuming but formidable, American maritime insurers used their position at the pinnacle of global trade to shape the new nation. The international information they gathered and… Continue Reading What Insurance Wants You To See

Author Jonathan W. White’s Talk With the U.S. National Archives

Last month, the U.S. National Archives hosted a talk with Jonathan W. White where he discussed his latest book, To Address You As My Friend: African Americans’ Letters to Abraham Lincoln. Many African Americans of the Civil War era felt a personal connection to Abraham Lincoln. For the first time in their lives, an occupant of the… Continue Reading Author Jonathan W. White’s Talk With the U.S. National Archives

NC Seems Untroubled by its Shockingly High Child Poverty

The following is a guest blog post by Gene R. Nichol, author of The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens. More than 1.5 million North Carolinians today live in poverty. More than one in five are children. Behind these sobering statistics are the faces of our fellow citizens. This book… Continue Reading NC Seems Untroubled by its Shockingly High Child Poverty

UNC Press December 2021 Author Events

Fay YarbroughChoctaw ConfederatesDecember 1, 2021 | 1:00pm ETU.S. National Archives (Virtual) Rebecca L. DavisPublic ConfessionsDecember 3, 2021 | 2:00pm ETNYU Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies (Virtual) Bland Simpson, Eddie Nickens, and Georgann EubanksNorth Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky & Saving the Wild SouthDecember 4, 2021 | 12:00pm ETCore Sound Waterfowl Museum… Continue Reading UNC Press December 2021 Author Events

“Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Economic Identities”

The following is an excerpt from Courtney Lewis’ “Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty“. By 2009, reverberations of economic crisis spread from the United States around the globe. As corporations across the United States folded, however, small businesses on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI)… Continue Reading “Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Economic Identities”

“Crafting an Indigenous Nation: Beyond Feathered War Bonnets”

The following is an excerpt from Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote’s “Crafting an Indigenous Nation: Kiowa Expressive Culture in the Progressive Era”. In this in-depth interdisciplinary study, Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote reveals how Kiowa people drew on the tribe’s rich history of expressive culture to assert its identity at a time of profound challenge. Examining traditional forms such as beadwork,… Continue Reading “Crafting an Indigenous Nation: Beyond Feathered War Bonnets”

“Philanthropy and Power”, Author Maribel Morey in Conversation with Lucy Berholz, Khalil Anthony Johnson Jr., and Rob Reich at Stanford PACS

Last Week, UNC Press author of White Philanthropy Maribel Morey had a conversation with Wesleyan University’s Khalil Anthony Johnson, Jr. and Stanford PACS’ Rob Reich and Lucy Bernholz. In this conversation hosted by Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, they discuss the many intersections of philanthropy and power in U.S. history and the Present.… Continue Reading “Philanthropy and Power”, Author Maribel Morey in Conversation with Lucy Berholz, Khalil Anthony Johnson Jr., and Rob Reich at Stanford PACS

“Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Adapting to Segregation”

The following is an excerpt from Malinda Maynor Lowery’s Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation. With more than 50,000 enrolled members, North Carolina’s Lumbee Indians are the largest Native American tribe east of the Mississippi River. Malinda Maynor Lowery, a Lumbee herself, describes how, between Reconstruction… Continue Reading “Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Adapting to Segregation”

How Institutionalized Homophobia Silences Dissent in Ghana and What We Can Do About It

The following is a guest blog post by Anima Adjepong, author of Afropolitan Projects: Redefining Blackness, Sexualities, and Culture from Houston to Accra. Beyond simplistic binaries of “the dark continent” or “Africa rising,” Africans at home and abroad articulate their identities through their quotidian practices and cultural politics. Amongst the privileged classes, these articulations can be… Continue Reading How Institutionalized Homophobia Silences Dissent in Ghana and What We Can Do About It

Authors Adrian Miller and John Shelton Reed in Conversation at the Southern Festival of Books

Earlier this month we shared a virtual conversation held at the 33rd annual Southern Festival of Books. We’re back this week with another conversation and the topic is barbecue. Adrian Miller, author of Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, and John Shelton Reed, co-author of Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North… Continue Reading Authors Adrian Miller and John Shelton Reed in Conversation at the Southern Festival of Books

Sagwu (One): Alenihv (Beginnings)

The following is an excerpt from Christopher B. Teuton’s Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club. Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club paints a vivid, fascinating portrait of a community deeply grounded in tradition and dynamically engaged in the present. A collection of forty interwoven stories, conversations, and teachings about Western Cherokee life,… Continue Reading Sagwu (One): Alenihv (Beginnings)

Thanking Eric Muller For His Years of Service as Board Chair

Over the past months, many of you followed the situation with our board membership. In May, the UNC System Board of Governors declined to consider the reappointment of our board chair Professor Eric Muller. For a time—and because of the unique nature of the Press’s bylaws—it was unclear to many of us whether Professor Muller’s… Continue Reading Thanking Eric Muller For His Years of Service as Board Chair

Happy National Native American Heritage Month: A Reading List

Since 1990, November has been nationally celebrated as Native American Heritage Month. We take this month to honor the cultures, histories and contributions that Native people have made throughout the years. To help celebrate, we’ve curated a reading list of books from all Native American authors touching on different aspects of Native American life. We… Continue Reading Happy National Native American Heritage Month: A Reading List

UNC Libraries’ Off The Shelf Author Talk with Warren E. Milteer Jr.

Happy tenth anniversary to University Press Week! This year’s Association of University Presses annual celebration, running from November 8-12, “welcomes all to ‘Keep UP’ with a decade of excellence and innovation.”  For UP Week’s annual blog tour, today’s specific theme, Listicle, today’s bloggers list what 10 publications best represent their Press during the past decade. We encourage you to visit these… Continue Reading UNC Libraries’ Off The Shelf Author Talk with Warren E. Milteer Jr.

Saving The Wild South: Yadkin River Goldenrod and Heller’s Blazing Star

Happy tenth anniversary to University Press Week! This year’s Association of University Presses annual celebration, running from November 8-12, “welcomes all to ‘Keep UP’ with a decade of excellence and innovation.”  For UP Week’s annual blog tour, today’s specific theme, Innovate/Collaborate, today’s bloggers describe an innovation or a collaboration in the last decade that they are particularly proud of or that… Continue Reading Saving The Wild South: Yadkin River Goldenrod and Heller’s Blazing Star

Five Questions for Maribel Morey: Q&A with the Author of White Philanthropy

Happy tenth anniversary to University Press Week! This year’s Association of University Presses annual celebration, running from November 8-12, “welcomes all to ‘Keep UP’ with a decade of excellence and innovation.”  For UP Week’s annual blog tour, today’s specific theme, Surprise!, presses describe who or what has most surprised them in the past decade.We encourage you to visit these fellow… Continue Reading Five Questions for Maribel Morey: Q&A with the Author of White Philanthropy

American Innocence and the Conservative Culture War

Happy tenth anniversary to University Press Week! This year’s Association of University Presses annual celebration, running from November 8-12, “welcomes all to ‘Keep UP’ with a decade of excellence and innovation.”  For UP Week’s annual blog tour, today’s specific theme, “Manifesto,” addresses how the first UP week blog tour focused on the question, “Why do University Presses matter?,” and how has… Continue Reading American Innocence and the Conservative Culture War

Authors Georgann Eubanks and Cynthia Kaufman in Conversation at the Southern Festival of Books

Last month, UNC Press author of Saving the Wild South Georgann Eubanks and Cynthia Kaufman held a conversation for the 33rd annual Southern Festival of Books. Georgann and Cynthia share how to preserve disappearing fauna and take a more active role in combating climate change at the local level. Climate change headlines tell of devastating… Continue Reading Authors Georgann Eubanks and Cynthia Kaufman in Conversation at the Southern Festival of Books

Frank Graham, Pauli Murray, and the Search for Racial Justice

The following is a guest blog post by William A. Link, author of Frank Porter Graham: Southern Liberal, Citizen of the World. Frank Porter Graham (1886–1972) was one of the most consequential white southerners of the twentieth century. Born in Fayetteville and raised in Charlotte, Graham became an active and popular student leader at the University… Continue Reading Frank Graham, Pauli Murray, and the Search for Racial Justice

The battle is the Lord’s: Christian nationalism and the fight for gender and sexual justice

The following is a guest blog post by Anima Adjepong, author of Afropolitan Projects: Redefining Blackness, Sexualities, and Culture from Houston to Accra. Beyond simplistic binaries of “the dark continent” or “Africa rising,” Africans at home and abroad articulate their identities through their quotidian practices and cultural politics. Amongst the privileged classes, these articulations can… Continue Reading The battle is the Lord’s: Christian nationalism and the fight for gender and sexual justice