UNC Press COVID-19 Operations Status

An Update from Chapel Hill UNC Press and Longleaf Services continue to have its staffs operate in mostly remote locations because of the pandemic. Our offices in Brooks Hall generally have a few staff members in each day, but accessibility there is very limited. While vaccines are becoming more prevalent, the public health situation still… Continue Reading UNC Press COVID-19 Operations Status

Congratulations to our 2021 OAH Award Winners!

The Organization of American Historians honored three of our authors with seven awards. Congratulations to all! Visit our OAH 2021 virtual exhibit to get these books (and more) at our 40% conference discount.  You can view the OAH’s 2021 Meeting Awards Ceremony here. Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom… Continue Reading Congratulations to our 2021 OAH Award Winners!

Guggenheim Fellows for 2021

Hearty congratulations to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2021 Guggenheim Fellows, which include the following UNC Press authors: Cindy Hahamovitch, author of The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 Kevin Mumford, author of Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to… Continue Reading Guggenheim Fellows for 2021

The Punitive Turn in American Life: How the United States Learned to Fight Crime Like a War

Guest blog post by Michael S. Sherry, author of The Punitive Turn in American Life: How the United States Learned to Fight Crime Like a War Advertisements urging civilians to buy guns captured how the punitive turn had played out by the 2010s. “As Close as You Can Get [to war] without Enlisting” ran one… Continue Reading The Punitive Turn in American Life: How the United States Learned to Fight Crime Like a War

UNC Press April 2021 Author Events

Regina N. Bradley Chronicling StankoniaFriday, April 2, 2021 | 1:00pmHutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University – Virtual event with Bettina Love Anthea ButlerWhite Evangelical RacismThursday, April 8, 2021 | 6:00pmFlyleaf Books – Virtual event with Kate Bowler Mark BoonshoftAristocratic Education and the Making of the American RepublicThursday, April 8, 2021 |… Continue Reading UNC Press April 2021 Author Events

The Struggle over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina

Relative to the recent voting rights suppression and rulings that have taken place in Georgia, the following is an excerpt from the introduction to Fragile Democracy: The Struggle over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina (published September 2020) by James L. Leloudis and Robert R. Korstad America is at war with itself over the… Continue Reading The Struggle over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina

UNC Press stands in solidarity with workers fighting for dignity and workplace democracy

The University of North Carolina Press stands in solidarity with workers fighting for dignity and workplace democracy in the book industry—especially the more than 5,000 Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are in the midst of the historic first attempt to unionize one of the e-commerce giant’s warehouses. This is of particular interest to us… Continue Reading UNC Press stands in solidarity with workers fighting for dignity and workplace democracy

Revolutionary Latin American Women

Follow the UNC Press Blog for a celebration of women’s histories and women historians throughout March. This year we are celebrating the significant contributions of notable women, renown and lesser known, throughout history, as well as women historians past and present that have been published by UNC Press. Two recently published biographies, Celia Sánchez Manduley:… Continue Reading Revolutionary Latin American Women

Women’s History Month: a Class, Religion, Sex, and Family Reading List

Follow the UNC Press Blog for a celebration of women’s histories and women historians throughout March. This year we are celebrating the significant contributions of notable women, renown and lesser known, throughout history, as well as women historians past and present that have been published by UNC Press. During Women’s History Month, save 40% on all… Continue Reading Women’s History Month: a Class, Religion, Sex, and Family Reading List

Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s Lyrical Activism

Follow the UNC Press Blog for a celebration of women’s histories and women historians throughout March. The following excerpt is taken from Lyrical Strains: Liberalism and Women’s Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America by Elissa Zellinger In the opening chapter of Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s unpublished autobiography, “A Human Life,” written while she was in her eighties, the poet… Continue Reading Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s Lyrical Activism

Upcoming Tour Dates for Anthea Butler, author of “White Evangelical Racism”

“Show[s] how evangelicals’ contemporary embrace of right-wing politics is rooted in its centuries-long problem with race. This scathing takedown of evangelicalism’s ‘racism problem’ will challenge evangelicals to confront and reject racism within church communities.”—Publishers Weekly Leading historian and public commentator Anthea Butler will be touring (virtually) to present her new book, White Evangelical Racism: The… Continue Reading Upcoming Tour Dates for Anthea Butler, author of “White Evangelical Racism”

Culinary Justice: Acknowledging Our Past and Shaping our Future Through Food featuring Michael Twitty—March 11, 2021

March 11th 2021, 7pm EST / 4pm PST; hosted by Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill Register now! Join Michael W. Twitty, author of newly released Rice: A Savor the South Cookbook, the 25th and final volume in the series, along with his fellow Savor the South cookbook authors Bill Smith, Bridgette A. Lacy, and Nancie McDermott as they discuss the complicated ancestries… Continue Reading Culinary Justice: Acknowledging Our Past and Shaping our Future Through Food featuring Michael Twitty—March 11, 2021

Breath and Contemporary Black Women Writers

Follow the UNC Press Blog for a celebration of women’s histories and women historians throughout March. Guest post by Aneeka Ayanna Henderson, author of Veil and Vow: Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of “Women’s History Week,” which preceded the establishment of March as Women’s History Month.… Continue Reading Breath and Contemporary Black Women Writers

An International Women’s Day Reading List

Happy International Women’s Day 2021! This year’s theme for IWD2021 is “Choose to Challenge:” A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek… Continue Reading An International Women’s Day Reading List

The Book that Invented Modern Spirituality Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Guest post by David J. Neumann, author of Finding God through Yoga: Paramahansa Yogananda and Modern American Religion in a Global Age Autobiography of a Yogi turns seventy-five this year. Paramahansa Yogananda’s famous life story was hailed by HarperSanFrancisco as one of the “100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century” more than two decades… Continue Reading The Book that Invented Modern Spirituality Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

UNC Press March 2021 Author Events

Carolyn EastmanThe Strange Genius of Mr. OWednesday, March 3, 2021 | 12:00amMassachusetts Historical Society – Virtual event with Sara Georgini Brianna TheobaldReproduction on the ReservationThursday, March 4, 2021 | 12:00pmAmerican Indian Studies Program @ Eastern Washington University – Virtual event Sharika D. CrawfordThe Last Turtlemen of the CaribbeanFriday, March 5, 2021 | 12:30pmNew Research on… Continue Reading UNC Press March 2021 Author Events

Conventions and Black Print Culture

Closing out our blog posts for Black History Month 2021, the following excerpt by P. Gabrielle Foreman is taken from The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (available March 2021), edited by P. Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Patterson The Black press served not only as a conveyer of information but as a… Continue Reading Conventions and Black Print Culture

Five Weekly Reads for Black History Month: Coming Soon

Preorder any of the following titles and save 40% on all UNC Press books with discount code 01DAH40. Visit the sale page to browse more recommended titles in African American History, or view our full list of books in African American Studies. White Evangelical Racism:The Politics of Morality in Americaby Anthea Butler Available March 2021 | In this… Continue Reading Five Weekly Reads for Black History Month: Coming Soon

Letting the Stank Out: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South

The following excerpt is taken from the introduction to Regina Bradley’s Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South While I do not suggest that hip-hop’s presence in the South is the sole marker of its contemporary existence, I do suggest that hip-hop is integral to updating the framework for reading the South’s modernity. Although… Continue Reading Letting the Stank Out: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South

UNC Press February 2021 Author Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events listed below are taking place virtually. Blake Hill-Saya, C. Eileen Watts WelchAaron McDuffie MooreTuesday, February 23, 2021 | 3:30pmDavid M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University & John Hope Franklin Research Center Regina BradleyChronicling StankoniaWednesday, February 24, 2021 | 7:30pmCharis Books & More – launch event with Kiese… Continue Reading UNC Press February 2021 Author Events