New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
An Irresistible History of Southern Food: Four Centuries of Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Whole Hog Barbecue, by Rick McDaniel. The author examines the celebrated food of the south, from the earliest days of colonial settlement to its current blend of European, Native American and African cuisines.
Born Southern: Childbirth, Motherhood and Social Networks in the Old South, by V. Kennedy. The author examines the roles of birth and motherhood in slaveholding families and communities and the power structures of race gender and class in antebellum southern society.
Dixie Emporium: Tourism, Foodways and Consumer Culture in the American South, Anthony Stanonis, ed. This book presents a collection of essays that focus on how southerners have marketed themselves to outsiders and how the South has achieved unity as a distinctive place.
Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in American Popular Culture, by Karen Cox. From Hollywood to corporate America, this book examines the constructed nostalgia and romanticism of the Old South in popular culture.
Family Values in the Old South, Craig Friend & Anya Jabour, Eds. This work presents a collection of essays on southern, family and women’s history in the 19th century South. Topics include cross-plantation marriages among slaves, white orphanages, miscegenation and inheritance, mourning practices, farming practices, political loyalties, tavern life, interracial marriages and childhood mortality.
The South and America Since World War II, by James Cobb. The author provides a comprehensive history of the South’s politics, race relations, culture, and social change since the second World War.
Southern Modernist: Arthur Raper from the New Deal to the Cold War, by Louis Mazzari. This work presents a biography of Arthur Raper, a North Carolina progressive. Through his books, written in the 1930s and 1940s, Raper advocated for racial and social justice, speaking out against lynching, sharecropping and tenant farming.
White Masculinity in the Recent South, Trent Watts, Ed. This collection of essays examines the concept of southern white masculinity and stereotypes portrayed in literature, film, history and religion since World War II. The book delves into cultural and social history, music, writings and incorporates interviews and personal stories about neo-Confederates, football coaching, hunting, church camps, and college fraternities.
Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture, by John Burrison. The author brings to light the importance of folk traditions in shaping and expressing the American South as a whole and explores its Native American and Old World influences.
Thanks in part to a federal grant, these items will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.