January Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

January was another fantastic month here at LSU Press! We have lots of exciting news, and want to share it with you. On to Petersburg by Gordon C. Rhea was announced as a finalist for the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, and Reconstruction in Alabama by Michael W. Fitzgerald was chosen as a 2017 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. Joelle Biele and Jennifer Atkins wrote fantastic posts for the LSU Press Blog. We also published new books by Cindy Ermus and Sylvie Dubois, Emilie Gagnet Leumas, and Malcolm Richardson.

Below you’ll find a list of our February titles, upcoming events with our authors, and some recent publicity and reviews of our books.  If you want to keep up with the press in real time, follow us on  TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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Selected Publicity and Praise

Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama by Sarah L. Hyde

“This book should inspire further scholarship that connects this regional history on education with broader issues such as race and whiteness, gender, and slavery, specifically the tension between slaveholders and non-slaveholders over the establishment of state public school systems.”—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

The Slaveholding Crisis: Fear of Insurrection and the Coming of the Civil War by Carl L. Paulus

“By exploring the interrelated politics of fear and exceptionalism, Paulus contributes to a broader shift in historians’ understanding of slavery, nationalism, and sectionalism in the nineteenth-century United States.”—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century by Andrew Sluyter, Case Watkins, James Chaney, and Annie Gibson

“Because of the impressive scholarship seen in Andrew Sluyter, Case Watkins, James Chaney, and Annie Gibson’s Hispanic and Latino New Orleans, a better spatial history of these oft-forgotten communities now exists.”—Historical Geography

Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War by Catherine Clinton

“Clinton should be commended for going places many scholars avoid.”—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 

The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865 by Steven E. Sodergren:

“Steven E. Sodergren has produced a noteworthy book that uses a soldier-eye-view approach to describe the effect the last year of fighting had on the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac, and how they adapted to various changes.”—Civil War News

Legendary Louisiana Outlaws: The Villains and Heroes of Folk Justice by Keagan LeJeune:

“Those working on outlaws will find a resourceful study and an interesting gloss on contemporary intersections of legends, politics, and heritage.”—K. Brandon Barker, Journal of Folklore Research

The Atheist Wore Goat Silk: Poems by Anna Journey:

“Utilizing tactile poems that sweat on the page, from both a Texas and Mississippi past, The Atheist Wore Goat Silk acts as a prolonged fermata, where the speaker must reckon with her past and come to terms with it, although not gently.”—Alyse Bensel, The Pleiades Book Review

Reconstruction in Alabama: From Civil War to Redemption in the Cotton South by Michael Fitzgerald:

“Michael W. Fitzgerald’s new treatment of the story is an eye-opening reengagement with this period.”—Edwin C. Bridges, The Alabama Review

The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War edited by Brian D. McKnight and Barton A. Myers:

“What these scholars have done in this book is to take a fresh look at Civil War-era guerrilla warfare.”—Missouri Historical Review

In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America by Andrew F. Lang:

“The book argues that the Civil War era ushered in the long age of American wars of military occupation, and the work thus considers these occupations through the eyes of the occupier, revealing dynamic internal wars that were just as complex and consequential as those waged on the front lines.”—Andrew F. Lang in coversation on The Way of Improvement blog