New Voyages to Carolina

Reinterpreting North Carolina History

Edited by Larry E. Tise, Jeffrey J. Crow

424 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 halftones, 2 maps, 4 graphs, 5 tables, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3459-3
    Published: October 2017
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3458-6
    Published: October 2017
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3460-9
    Published: September 2017
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4486-6
    Published: September 2017

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Awards & distinctions

2017 North Caroliniana Society Book Award

New Voyages to Carolina offers a bold new approach for understanding and telling North Carolina’s history. Recognizing the need for such a fresh approach and reflecting a generation of recent scholarship, eighteen distinguished authors have sculpted a broad, inclusive narrative of the state’s evolution over more than four centuries. The volume provides new lenses and provocative possibilities for reimagining the state’s past. Transcending traditional markers of wars and elections, the contributors map out a new chronology encompassing geological realities; the unappreciated presence of Indians, blacks, and women; religious and cultural influences; and abiding preferences for industrial development within the limits of "progressive" politics. While challenging traditional story lines, the authors frame a candid tale of the state's development.



Dorothea V. Ames, East Carolina University

Karl E. Campbell, Appalachian State University

James C. Cobb, University of Georgia

Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stephen Feeley, McDaniel College

Jerry Gershenhorn, North Carolina Central University

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Yale University

Patrick Huber, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Charles F. Irons, Elon University

David Moore, Warren Wilson College

Michael Leroy Oberg, State University of New York, College at Geneseo

Stanley R. Riggs, East Carolina University

Richard D. Starnes, Western Carolina University

Carole Watterson Troxler, Elon University

Bradford J. Wood, Eastern Kentucky University

Karin Zipf, East Carolina University

About the Authors

Larry E. Tise is former director of North Carolina's Division of Archives and History, distinguished history professor at East Carolina University, and private-practice historian.
For more information about Larry E. Tise, visit the Author Page.

Jeffrey J. Crow is former director of North Carolina’s Division of Archives and History and deputy secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
For more information about Jeffrey J. Crow, visit the Author Page.


“From prehistory to the present, the essays are laden with such issues as exploration and founding, religion, land use, geography, African American women, Native history, education and integration (or the lack of it), the uniqueness of hillbilly music, progressivism, tourism and its benefits, marketing in a global economy, a realistic perspective on development, equity, and what alterations are necessary for the state to prosper in the 21st century.” —Choice

“A study of a New South state that truly matters in an age of major economic and political change. . . . New Voyages to Carolina makes engaging reading for North Carolinians but especially for those who lived through some of this history. . . . Tise and Crow . . . deliberately sought out research that ‘pose new questions about African Americans, Indians, women, the impact of North Carolina’s unusual environment, and its powerful legacies—cultural, economic, and political.’” —Journal of African American History

"An important contribution to how we write and understand North Carolina history, one that will help us to reassess how the narrative of the state should be constructed as we move into the twenty-first century." —William Link, author of North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State

"By using new research and new modes of analysis to expand and complicate standard narratives of North Carolina's past, the essays in this collection take meaningful steps toward a much-needed new synthesis of the state's history." —Pamela Grundy, author of Color and Character