Book cover of West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire by Kevin Waite
Civil War

West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire

When American slaveholders looked west in the mid-nineteenth century, they saw an empire unfolding before them. They pursued that vision through diplomacy, migration, and armed conquest. By the late 1850s, slaveholders and their allies had transformed the southwestern quarter of the nation – California, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Utah – into a political client of the plantation states. […Learn More]

Book Cover of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift
History

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

A brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction.

Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence, with one foot in the 21st century and another in times long passed. […Learn More]