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Growing Up in the 1850s

by Agnes Lee The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Eleanor Agnes Lee, Robert E. Lee's fifth child, began her journal in December 1852 at the early age of twelve. An articulate young woman, her stated ambitions were modest: "The everyday life of a little school...


Walter Hines Page

by John Milton Cooper Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

The varied career of Walter Hines Page affected many facets of the American political and social milieu from the end of Reconstruction through World War I. A North Carolinian, Page was one of the first southerners...


Dr. John Mitchell

by Edmund Berkeley The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

This is the first full-length biography of a man who was primarily a botanist but who is best known for his map of North America. He left a well-established medical practice in his native Virginia in 1746 to...


Prieto

by Henry B. Lovejoy The University of North Carolina Press (November 14, 2018)

This Atlantic world history centers on the life of Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (c. 1773–c. 1835), a member of the West African Yoruba people enslaved and taken to Havana during the era of the Atlantic slave trade....


Radical Friend

by Nancy A. Hewitt The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

A pillar of radical activism in nineteenth-century America, Amy Kirby Post (1802–1889) participated in a wide range of movements and labored tirelessly to orchestrate ties between issues, causes, and activists....


Frederick Douglass

by D. H. Dilbeck The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2018)

From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction....


William Lowndes and the Transition of Southern Politics, 1782-1822

by Carl J. Vipperman The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

This first scholarly biography of Lowndes establishes his place in history, even though he was overshadowed by contemporaries John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay, and provides valuable insights into our understanding...


William Tryon and the Course of Empire

by Paul David Nelson The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

William Tryon's role in the affairs of British America during the last years of the empire, and his inability to stem the collapse of that empire, makes for a fascinating story. Royal governor of North Carolina...


Charles Waddell Chesnutt

by Helen M. Chesnutt The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

The driving force in Chesnutt's life was the wish to help his race. Long before the days of the NAACP, which he later joined, and to the end of his life, he lectured, wrote,and corresponded on the everlasting...


The Economics of Emancipation

by Kathleen Mary Butler The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2017)

The British Slavery Abolition Act of 1834 provided a grant of u20 million to compensate the owners of West Indian slaves for the loss of their human 'property.' In this first comparative analysis of the impact...


Richard Taylor

by T. Michael Parrish The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2017)

Using widely scattered and previously unknown primary sources, Parrish's biography of Confederate general Richard Taylor presents him as one of the Civil War's most brilliant generals, eliciting strong performances...


The Secret Eye

by Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2014)

The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas,...


William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War

by Eric H. Walther The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

IWilliam Lowndes Yancey (1814-63) was one of the leading secessionists of the Old South. In this first comprehensive biography, Eric H. Walther examines the personality and political life of the uncompromising...


Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World

by James H. Sweet The University of North Carolina Press (February 28, 2011)

Between 1730 and 1750, Domingos Alvares traversed the colonial Atlantic world like few Africans of his time--from Africa to South America to Europe. By tracing the steps of this powerful African healer and vodun...


Ludwig Erhard

by Alfred C. Mierzejewski The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

In the first English-language biography of one of the most important figures in postwar German history, Alfred C. Mierzejewski examines the life and service of Ludwig Erhard (1897-1977), West Germany's first...


Zeb Vance

by Gordon B. McKinney The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

In this comprehensive biography of the man who led North Carolina through the Civil War and, as a U.S. senator from 1878 to 1894, served as the state's leading spokesman, Gordon McKinney presents Zebulon Baird...


Lafayette in Two Worlds

by Lloyd S. Kramer The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Lloyd Kramer offers a new interpretation of the cultural and political significance of the career of the Marquis de Lafayette, which spanned the American Revolution, the French Revolutions of 1789 and 1830,...


Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement

by Randal Maurice Jelks The University of North Carolina Press (May 15, 2012)

In this first full-length biography of Benjamin Mays (1894-1984), Randal Maurice Jelks chronicles the life of the man Martin Luther King Jr. called his "spiritual and intellectual father." Dean of the Howard...


Otto Kahn

by Theresa M. Collins The University of North Carolina Press (July 08, 2002)

In the early decades of the twentieth century, almost everyone in modern theater, literature, or film knew of Otto Kahn (1867-1934), and those who read the financial press or followed the news from Wall Street...


The Fire of Freedom

by David S. Cecelski The University of North Carolina Press (September 29, 2012)

Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during...


Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire

by Trevor Burnard The University of North Carolina Press (November 17, 2009)

Eighteenth-century Jamaica, Britain's largest and most valuable slave-owning colony, relied on a brutal system of slave management to maintain its tenuous social order. Trevor Burnard provides unparalleled insight...


James Madison

by Jeff Broadwater The University of North Carolina Press (March 16, 2012)

James Madison is remembered primarily as a systematic political theorist, but this bookish and unassuming man was also a practical politician who strove for balance in an age of revolution. In this biography,...


The Senator and the Sharecropper

by Chris Myers Asch The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2011)

In this fascinating study of race, politics, and economics in Mississippi, Chris Myers Asch tells the story of two extraordinary personalities--Fannie Lou Hamer and James O. Eastland--who represented deeply...


North Carolina Slave Narratives

by William L. Andrews The University of North Carolina Press (May 26, 2006)

The autobiographies of former slaves contributed powerfully to the abolitionist movement in the United States, fanning national--even international--indignation against the evils of slavery. The four texts gathered...


Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello

by Cynthia A. Kierner The University of North Carolina Press (May 14, 2012)

As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two...


Lincoln's Autocrat

by William Marvel The University of North Carolina Press (April 15, 2015)

Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Lincoln's Secretary of War during most of the Civil War and under...


Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky

by Elizabeth D. Leonard The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2011)

Joseph Holt, the stern, brilliant, and deeply committed Unionist from Kentucky, spent the first several months of the American Civil War successfully laboring to maintain Kentucky's loyalty to the Union and...