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Civil War America: A Social and Cultural History with Primary Sources

Edited by Maggi M. Morehouse and Zoe Trodd
Routledge

   Each chapter in this textbook, coedited by Maggi Morehouse, associate professor of history, addresses how Americans, both Northern and Southern, lived during the Civil War—the ways they worked, expressed themselves artistically, organized their family lives, treated illness, worshipped and went about their daily routines.

   Written by specialists on the period, the chapters cover the war’s impact on the economy, the role of the federal government, labor, welfare and reform efforts, the Indian nations, universities, healthcare and medicine, news coverage, photography and many other topics that affected average Americans who just happened to be living through the most momentous conflict in the nation’s history. Civil War America conveys the seismic shifts in the cultural and social landscape of the United States that resulted from the conflict.

   The book is complemented by a companion website that offers a trove of primary sources, both textual and visual, keyed for each chapter topic.

 

 

 

Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory and the Transcultural South

By Daniel Cross Turner
University of Tennessee Press


   This collection of critical essays by Daniel Cross Turner, assistant professor of English at CCU, is concerned with the poetry of the American South. Focusing on several of the region’s most distinguished poets from the 1950s to the present day, Turner offers a critical reassessment of their work and particularly their various approaches to themes traditionally associated with Southern poetry, including memory, nostalgia, voice, landscape and social communities.

   Poets who are considered in the essays include Robert Penn Warren, James Dickey, Donald Justice, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Betty Adcock and Charles Wright. The book also examines the influence of the “Fugitive” poets associated with Vanderbilt University, where Turner earned his doctoral degree.

   Based on his close reading of their works, Turner discovers, as he writes in his introduction, “that ‘southernness’ is not a unitary, homogenized essence, but a cultural mode that generates overlapping and conflicting levels of identification.”  The book also “calls attention to cross-regional exchanges and transitions” for which Turner coins the term “transouthernism.”

 

 

The Handbook of College Athletics and Recreation Administration

By George S. McClellan, Chris King, Donald L. Rockey Jr.
John Wiley & Sons Inc.

 

    Co-written by Donald Rockey, an associate professor in CCU’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies, this textbook is designed as a  resource for athletics administrators and fitness/recreation practitioners of all levels in both two- and four-year institutions of higher education. The Handbook is also useful for graduate students and faculty in sports management programs with an emphasis in collegiate athletics. The book addresses the broad functional areas of collegiate athletic enterprises including intercollegiate athletics, health and fitness, and recreation.

    Topics covered include theory, legal issues, Title IX, diversity, budgeting, fundraising, public relations and assessment. The 26 contributors who wrote chapters in the book are experts in their various fields.

 

 

 

 

An Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet

By Richard Oliver Collin and Pamela L. Martin
Rowman & Littlefield

 

   This new textbook has its origins in the introductory world politics class that Richard Collin taught at CCU for more than 25 years. Unable to find a textbook he liked, Collin taught the class from his own notes, which eventually grew into a book length manuscript. When Pamela Martin joined the politics faculty in 2003, she collaborated with Collin in “field-testing” the material by using it as a text for her class, and she became a co-author of the book.

   Its approach reflects the authors’ long experience teaching and reaching undergraduate students. Relevance of events to ordinary people takes precedence over theory.  “The study of world politics,” they write, “is not always defined by borders and states…. In our view politics are not isolated by international and domestic levels of analysis, but rather a complex and messy mix of multiple levels and actors that influence peace and conflict on the planet.”

   A major theme of the book is “the why and wherefore of human conflict,” exploring interconnections between nations, economies, ideologies and other seemingly disparate aspects of our world that are in reality “parts of the same puzzle.” Collin, who retired in 2008, and Martin dedicate the book to their students, past and present.

 

Control Burn

By Hastings Hensel
Iron Horse Literary Review Press

 

   This chapbook of 29 poems by Hastings Hensel, a lecturer in the CCU Department of English, won the 2011 Iron Horse Literary Review competition. Many of these poems, which first appeared in journals such as New South, City Paper and The South Carolina Review, deal with activities associated with coastal South Carolina (flounder gigging, duck hunting, enduring Hurricane Hugo) and with coming of age (church lock-ins).

   Written in the first person in a voice that is earthy, descriptive and reflective, the poems find metaphorical resonances in everyday experiences. Noted poet Erin Belieu, who judged the Iron Horse competition, says the poems “have such assuredness in their form and such a vivid sense of self as performance.”

   Hensel lives in Murrells Inlet. In addition to teaching at CCU, he works on the staff of the Sewanee Writer’s Conference at the University of the South, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also has an M.F.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

 

Victim of Globalization: How Illegal Drugs Destroyed Colombia’s Peace

By James D. Henderson
Siglo del Hombre Editores

 

   In this new study, James D. Henderson explores the history of Colombia’s drug trade and the international community’s contribution in shaping one of the world’s leaders in trafficking illicit drugs.

   Published in Spanish, the book addresses the subject from an economic and a human perspective. Henderson chronicles the history of the country’s export of drugs, starting with marijuana in the 1960s, and the impact U.S. drug runners had on the burgeoning drug trade.  Once cocaine was introduced, the money began to flow, triggering fierce competition. Profits from the trade rose simultaneously with a level of violence previously unknown to the country. The Colombian government finally began to confront the problem during the late 1990s, after the drug trade claimed the lives of more than 300,000 citizens.

   Henderson’s scholarship on Colombia’s history and culture is augmented by close firsthand experience of the country. He and his family have visited or lived in Colombia periodically since 1966.