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Fink, Gary M. and Merl E. Reed (editors), RACE, CLASS, AND COMMUNITY IN SOUTHERN LABOR HISTORY. University of Alabama Press , 1994. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket, still in shrinkwrap. 320 pages. From the publisher: "Under the leadership of Gary M Fink and Merl E. Reed, Georgia State University has hosted the Southern Labor Studies Conferences approximately every two years. The conferences have yielded two previous volumes, published in 1977 and 1981, and this volume, which contains selected papers from the seventh conference held in 1991. As evidenced by the quality of these essays, the field of southern labor history has come into its own. Research interest is peaking: the practitioners are younger scholars, and much of their work emphasizes the new social and political history. While the topics covered in this volume usually reflect that methodology, their chronology ranges from the antebellum period to the 1970s, suggesting the variety of sources and changing research approaches that can be used in rendering new meaning to the past. Although the subject of gender was generally a minor theme in these sessions, work now being done leaves no doubt that at some future conference gender will attract a commanding amount of attention. In introducing and describing their respective areas, the associate editors, Robert M. Zieger (textile workers), Joe W. Trotter Jr., (African Americans), and Clifford M. Kuhn (labor politics), have provided a rich historiographical background. The essays in this volume will enlighten the reader on many important aspects of the history of southern labor, and they will also raise new questions to be explained by other scholars and future conferences." $40.00

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[Randolph] Salmond, John A., MISS LUCY OF THE CIO: The Life and Times of Lucy Randolph Mason, 1882-1959. University of Georgia Press., 1988. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Notes, bibliography, index, 227 pages. Synopsis: "Mason was a feminist, social activist, and spokesperson for the CIO {Congress of Industrial Organizations}. Salmond examines her career, . . . liberal beliefs, and {what the author sees as her}ability to use other people's stereotypes of an elite Southern lady for the benefit of working people's causes." OUT OF PRINT. $25.00


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Vorse, Mary Heaton,. STRIKE! University of Illinois Press, 1991. NEW copy. PAPERBACK. Introduction by Dee Garrison. Novel by radical journalist Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966) who covered union uprisings from 1912 on. Novel based on the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, North Carolina in the late 1920s. 236 pages. $15.00

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click to enlarge Butler, Anne. PELICAN GUIDE TO PLANTATION HOMES OF LOUISIANA. NEW copy. Trade paperback. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). 8th edition. 5½ x 8½, 71 color photos, 1 map, index, 128 pp.

~~~ Take a trip to another decade, basking in the glory of the Old South by way of Louisiana plantation homes such as Nottoway, Shadows-on-the Teche, Melrose, and Oak Alley. Despite the ravages of time, these majestic residences continue to demand attention with their impressive architecture and historic grandeur. Many of these structures remain, restored to their former splendor and are open to the public.
~~~ This completely revised, full-color 8th edition features a reorganized list of significant plantation homes in Louisiana. It is divided into eleven different tours according to location, with over 250 entries including concise descriptions and historical background. This updated guide offers an expanded New Orleans section highlighting both the famous Garden District and the historic French Quarter. With fifty-eight photographs and information including hours of operation, contact information, and directions, this book is a perfect reference in revisiting the Old South.

$12.95





click to enlarge Cable, George W. STRANGE TRUE STORIES OF LOUISIANA. NEW copy. Trade paperback. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). 4½ x 7, 368 pp.

~~~ At the turn of the century, the view people outside of New Orleans got of the city was through the eyes of journalist and author George W. Cable. His writings portrayed a tropical European city nestled on the banks of an American river still teeming with the literary, artistic, and social developments of a late Renaissance. In his own romance with Louisiana, Cable came upon many stories written by its denizens and assisted these authors in finding places to publish their works. There were some, however, which Cable would not send out of state. These stories he kept for himself, some of which can be found in his work Strange True Stories of Louisiana. “They are mine by right of discovery,” writes Cable. “From various necessities of the case I am sometimes the story-teller, and sometimes, in the reader's interest, have to abridge; but I add no fact and trim naught of value away. Here are no unconfessed ‘restorations,’ not one. In time, place, circumstance, in every essential feature, I give them as I got them—strange stories that truly happened, all partly, some wholly, in Louisiana.”
~~~ Strange True Stories of Louisiana is Cable's compilation of seven unusual, factual accounts of life and history in the area. They include tales of two French sisters who made the dangerous trek to the unsettled lands of North Louisiana at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Focusing on New Orleans, Cable adds the story of “The ‘Haunted House’ in Royal Street,” which spurs the imaginations of ghost hunters more than a century after its original writing. In its first published form, there is also a diary account from the Civil War of a Union woman trapped behind the battle lines.

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Mays, John Bentley, POWER IN THE BLOOD: LAND, MEMORY & A SOUTHERN FAMILY. Harper Collins, 1991., NEW copy. First Edition. Hardcover in DJ. Photographs, notes, bibliography, 286 pp. OUT OF PRINT.

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McKissack, Patricia C., THE DARK THIRTY: SOUTHERN TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL. (children's book) Borzoi Books, 1992., NEW. Hardcover with DJ. 8x11. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Newberry Honor Book & Coretta Scott King Award stickers on cover. 122 pp.

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click to enlarge Sillery, Barbara. THE HAUNTING OF LOUISIANA. NEW copy. Hardcover. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co). Photography by Oak Lea and Danielle Genter. 5½ x 8½, 22 b/w photos, appendix, bibliography, 224 pp.

~~~ Based on the PBS documentary of the same name that aired across the country, The Haunting of Louisiana showcases many of the stories that would not fit into the one-hour television program. Louisiana’s haunted reputation is spotlighted in the twenty chapters that cover the ghostly escapades and happenings at Oak Alley Plantation, Ormond Plantation, Destrehan Manor, and America’s "most haunted home," the Myrtles, in St. Francisville, to name a few. The book also includes behind-the-scenes incidents that occurred during the taping of the documentary.
~~~ Who is the lady in the photograph whose mirrored reflection appears headless in a bedroom in Oak Alley Plantation? Why are little girls the only tour visitors to experience the taunting of Chloe, a slave and mistress of the owner of the Myrtles in the 1800s? Whose invisible hand had to be repeatedly pushed away from the owner’s car horn at Chretien Point Plantation before the owner could get a good night’s rest? The spine-tingling explanations for these events and many others are just waiting to be discovered.

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