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American Studies Association Virtual Exhibit

Welcome to the UNC Press Virtual Exhibit for the American Studies Association.

Since we can’t be together at the conference, we’re bringing our book exhibit to you.

From virtually anywhere, you can browse our list of new and recent titles, or chat with one of our editors — Mark Simpson-Vos, Brandon Proia, or Lucas Church.

“We would love to hear from you. One of the things editors love doing at conferences is meeting with new and prospective authors and talking about their work.

We are eager to hear from authors who have new promising proposals and projects.”

Have questions about whether UNC Press is the right publisher for you, or how to submit a proposal? Visit our For Prospective Authors page.


You can learn about our new books just published in these great book series:


New books just released in paperback for immediate course adoption.


Breaking News — UNC Press has just won its Third Bancroft Prize in four years. Congratulations to Joseph P. Reidy!

UNC Press Recent Bancroft Prize Winners

The events of the past few months have brought new attention to subjects like police brutality, institutionalized racism, protests and activism, and more. These subjects are among the pillars of the UNC Press publishing program, and have cast new light on some of our newest books, and some of our classic bestselling titles.

Some of these books are highlighted in our Justice, Power, and Politics series.

You can also check out our full listing of new and classic books in African American Studies.

Free Justice

From Here to Equality

Policing Los Angeles

City of Inmates

We Are Not Slaves

Race for Profit

Chocolate City

Caging Borders and Carceral States

Black Food Geographies

Black Faces, White Spaces


New Editions of Classic UNC Press Books available Spring 2021


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Click here to shop our full list of books in American Studies.

Follow the links at the left for information on submitting a book proposal, ordering desk or examination copies (even free digital exam copies), classroom permissions, disability resources, and more. We’ve even created a handy FAQ document, with answers to the most-asked questions we get at exhibit booths.

Click on any book below to learn more. And, using our View Inside feature, you can leaf through the pages for a preview of each new book, just as if you were standing at our booth. Check it out on each book page.


How the Streets Were Made

How the Streets Were Made

Housing Segregation and Black Life in America

Yelena Bailey

Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked

Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach

Jamin Wells

Abusive Policies

Abusive Policies

How the American Child Welfare System Lost Its Way

Mical Raz

Writing Kit Carson

Writing Kit Carson

Fallen Heroes in a Changing West

Susan Lee Johnson

I Don't Like the Blues

I Don't Like the Blues

Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life

B. Brian Foster

The Punitive Turn in American Life

The Punitive Turn in American Life

How the United States Learned to Fight Crime Like a War

Michael S. Sherry

Christian Citizens

Christian Citizens

Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South

Elizabeth L. Jemison

Diners, Dudes, and Diets

Diners, Dudes, and Diets

How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture

Emily J. H. Contois

Race Characters

Race Characters

Ethnic Literature and the Figure of the American Dream

Swati Rana

American Gold Digger

American Gold Digger

Marriage, Money, and the Law from the Ziegfeld Follies to Anna Nicole Smith

Brian Donovan

Recasting the Vote

Recasting the Vote

How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement

Cathleen D. Cahill

Whose Blues?

Whose Blues?

Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music

Adam Gussow

Entertaining Entrepreneurs

Entertaining Entrepreneurs

Reality TV's Shark Tank and the American Dream in Uncertain Times

Daniel Horowitz

Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis

Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis

How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community

Jodi Eichler-Levine

The Haitians

The Haitians

A Decolonial History

Jean Casimir, Laurent Dubois, Walter D. Mignolo

That Middle World

That Middle World

Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing

Julia S. Charles

Visualizing Equality

Visualizing Equality

African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Aston Gonzalez

To Make the Wounded Whole

To Make the Wounded Whole

The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS

Dan Royles

Blue Texas

Blue Texas

The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era

Max Krochmal

St. Francis of America

St. Francis of America

How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint

Patricia Appelbaum

Goat Castle

Goat Castle

A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South

Karen L. Cox

Dangerous Grounds

Dangerous Grounds

Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era

David L. Parsons

Free the Land

Free the Land

The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State

Edward Onaci

White Balance

White Balance

How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights

Justin Gomer

Black Market

Black Market

The Slave's Value in National Culture after 1865

Aaron Carico

Uncontrollable Blackness

Uncontrollable Blackness

African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York

Douglas J. Flowe

Between Remembrance and Repair

Between Remembrance and Repair

Commemorating Racial Violence in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Claire Whitlinger

Tabernacles of Clay

Tabernacles of Clay

Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism

Taylor G. Petrey

Contagions of Empire

Contagions of Empire

Scientific Racism, Sexuality, and Black Military Workers Abroad, 1898–1948

Khary Oronde Polk

Co-conspirator for Justice

Co-conspirator for Justice

The Revolutionary Life of Dr. Alan Berkman

Susan M. Reverby

Visions in a Seer Stone

Visions in a Seer Stone

Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon

William L. Davis

Redefining the Immigrant South

Redefining the Immigrant South

Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War

Uzma Quraishi

Beneath the Backbone of the World

Beneath the Backbone of the World

Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720–1877

Ryan Hall

Environments of Empire

Environments of Empire

Networks and Agents of Ecological Change

Ulrike Kirchberger, Brett M. Bennett

From Here to Equality

From Here to Equality

Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

William A. Darity Jr., A. Kirsten Mullen

Saving History

Saving History

How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America

Lauren R. Kerby

Roadside Americans

Roadside Americans

The Rise and Fall of Hitchhiking in a Changing Nation

Jack Reid

Cool Town

Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

Grace Elizabeth Hale

A Wall of Our Own

A Wall of Our Own

An American History of the Berlin Wall

Paul M. Farber

Road Through Midnight

Road Through Midnight

A Civil Rights Memorial

Jessica Ingram

The Young Lords

The Young Lords

A Radical History

Johanna Fernández

Veil and Vow

Veil and Vow

Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture

Aneeka Ayanna Henderson

Religious Intolerance in America, Second Edition

Religious Intolerance in America, Second Edition

A Documentary History

John Corrigan, Lynn S. Neal

Kika Kila

Kika Kila

How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music

John W. Troutman

Porous Borders

Porous Borders

Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Julian Lim

Semi Queer

Semi Queer

Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers

Anne Balay

Policing Los Angeles

Policing Los Angeles

Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD

Max Felker-Kantor

In Love and Struggle

In Love and Struggle

The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs

Stephen M. Ward

Two Faces of Exclusion

Two Faces of Exclusion

The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States

Lon Kurashige

Cuban Revolution in America

Cuban Revolution in America

Havana and the Making of a United States Left, 1968-1992

Teishan A. Latner

Celia Sánchez Manduley

Celia Sánchez Manduley

The Life and Legacy of a Cuban Revolutionary

Tiffany A. Sippial

Those Who Know Don't Say

Those Who Know Don't Say

The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State

Garrett Felber

We Are Not Slaves

We Are Not Slaves

State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America

Robert T. Chase

On the Freedom Side

On the Freedom Side

How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History

Wesley C. Hogan

The Portrait's Subject

The Portrait's Subject

Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States

Sarah Blackwood

Democracy’s Capital

Democracy’s Capital

Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s–1970s

Lauren Pearlman

Black Towns, Black Futures

Black Towns, Black Futures

The Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West

Karla Slocum

Black in Place

Black in Place

The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City

Brandi Thompson Summers

Stirrings

Stirrings

How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice

Lana Dee Povitz

Incarcerated Stories

Incarcerated Stories

Indigenous Women Migrants and Violence in the Settler-Capitalist State

Shannon Speed

Starstruck in the Promised Land

Starstruck in the Promised Land

How the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel

Shalom Goldman

Imperial Metropolis

Imperial Metropolis

Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941

Jessica M. Kim

The King of Adobe

The King of Adobe

Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement

Lorena Oropeza

You Can’t Eat Freedom

You Can’t Eat Freedom

Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement

Greta de Jong

Chocolate City

Chocolate City

A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital

Chris Myers Asch, George Derek Musgrove

The Legend of the Black Mecca

The Legend of the Black Mecca

Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta

Maurice J. Hobson

Religion, Art, and Money

Religion, Art, and Money

Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression

Peter W. Williams

Caging Borders and Carceral States

Caging Borders and Carceral States

Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance

Robert T. Chase

Sovereign Entrepreneurs

Sovereign Entrepreneurs

Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty

Courtney Lewis

The Historian's Eye

The Historian's Eye

Photography, History, and the American Present

Matthew Frye Jacobson

Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools

Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools

Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion?

Candy Gunther Brown

Black Food Geographies

Black Food Geographies

Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.

Ashanté M. Reese

Indians on the Move

Indians on the Move

Native American Mobility and Urbanization in the Twentieth Century

Douglas K. Miller

The Men and the Moment

The Men and the Moment

The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America

Aram Goudsouzian

Lethal State

Lethal State

A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina

Seth Kotch

An Anthropology of Marxism

An Anthropology of Marxism

Cedric J. Robinson, H. L. T. Quan, Avery F. Gordon

Crafting an Indigenous Nation

Crafting an Indigenous Nation

Kiowa Expressive Culture in the Progressive Era

Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote

No Mercy Here

No Mercy Here

Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity

Sarah Haley

Not Straight, Not White

Not Straight, Not White

Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

Kevin Mumford

Ku-Klux

Ku-Klux

The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction

Elaine Frantz Parsons

Born to Be Wild

Born to Be Wild

The Rise of the American Motorcyclist

Randy D. McBee