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Tennessee Libraries

Volume 58 Number 2



Book Reviews

Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, Book Review Editor

Baker-Clark, Charles A. Profiles from the Kitchen: What Great Cooks Have Taught Us About Ourselves and Our Food
Bell, C. Ritchie and Anne H. Lindsey. Fall Color and Woodland Harvests: A Guide to the More Colorful Fall Leaves and Fruits of the Eastern Forests
Griffith, Mike and Kirkham, Nathan. Game Day: Tennessee Football
Lester, Connie L. Up From the Mudsills of Hell: The Farmers’ Alliance, Populism, and Progressive Agriculture in Tennessee, 1870-1915
Patrick, James. The Beginning of Collegiate Education West of the Appalachians, 1975-1833: The Achievement of Dr. Charles Coffin of Greeneville College and East Tennessee College
Shelby, Anne illustrated by Paula McArdle. The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales
Simpson, John A. “The Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie:” The Nashville Vols, Their 1908 Season, and the Championship Game
Sullivan, Edward T. The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb
**Waselkov, Gregory A., Peter H. Wood & Tom Hatley, volume editors. Powhatan’s Mantle: Indians in the Colonial Southeast, Revised and Expanded Edition
**Wilson, Charles Reagan, vol. ed. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 3 (History)

**Full reviews of these titles in the last issue that contained book reviews (57:4) were cut off due to technical issues. They are included in this issue.

 Baker-Clark, Charles A. Profiles from the Kitchen: What Great Cooks Have Taught Us About Ourselves and Our Food. University Press of Kentucky, 2006. 224 pp. ISBN-10: 0813123984 ISBN-13: 978-0813123981.

In his introduction to Profiles from the Kitchen, Charles Baker-Clark recounts childhood summers spent in Michigan where cooking was an integral part of the fun. Looking back on these summers, the author comes to the conclusion that food is not just a necessity for our health, but also an important component of our ethnic and individual identities. He notes, however, that the rise of convenience and fast foods has contributed to the loss of our knowledge of the craft of cooking as well as our enjoyment of food as a part of our social lives. But even as society was succumbing to the lure of convenience and fast foods, there have always been people who have fought this trend by promoting the use of fresh local foodstuffs and the craft of cooking. Baker-Clark profiles some of these individuals in his book.

Several of the twelve individuals who Baker-Clark portrays in his main chapters are well known cookbook authors and personalities, such as James Beard and Julia Child. Others, including Susan Spicer, Rick Bayless, and Mama Dip, are better known as restaurateurs. M.F.K. Fisher, Elizabeth David, Eugene Walter, and John T. Edge have written about food. Angus Campbell and Father Dominic Garramone are teachers—the former in the classroom at Grand Rapids Community College and the latter through his television program, Breaking Bread with Father Dominic. Carlo Petrini, a cofounder of the Slow Food movement, is also among the people profiled. Perhaps the philosophy of his Slow Food movement best describes what each of these individuals have tried to accomplish in their professional lives: “to encourage people to become more aware of the foods they routinely eat” and “to examine the social dimension attached to food consumption.” (p. 124)

The organization of this book is unique in that within each of his chapters Baker-Clark includes at least one related article. These short articles are printed on a gray background to distinguish them from the main article. Most are about people, while others are about events or organizations that promote the craft of cooking. Although these articles make for interesting reading, their placement in the middle of a chapter will annoy some readers. Each chapter concludes with a list of references. Charles Baker-Clark is the chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He has written an engaging book that is not a necessary purchase, but would be a welcome addition to collections in large public and academic libraries.

Kathy Campbell
East Tennessee State University

 Bell, C. Ritchie and Anne H. Lindsey. Fall Color and Woodland Harvests: A Guide to the More Colorful Fall Leaves and Fruits of the Eastern Forests. Chapel Hill.: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 184 pp. ISBN-10: 0-9608688-1-X ISBN-13: 978-0960868810.

I’ve been away from Tennessee for too long. South Louisiana’s fall colors just don’t compare to those in Tennessee! I miss those long autumn evenings, with gold and red rustling around me. So of course I jumped at the chance to read C. Ritchie Bell’s Fall Color and Woodland Harvests and I’m glad I did. Not just artistic photographs, such as those found in Christopher Griffith’s Fall: Photographs (PowerHouse Books, September 2004) but the “meat” behind the beauty. This book offers combines general information about the scientific process behind the visual spectacle that is fall foliage color  with a sizable amount of specific, technical information.

The text itself is composed of several well organized sections. The introduction features some explanation of organization  and basic information about chemical changes in plants. The second section, entitled “Fall Color: Leaves” features very detailed descriptions, uses, pictures and maps for 100 common and rare plants of the Eastern Forests. The second section of reference material, “Woodland Harvests: Fruits and Seeds” also provides vivid pictures and topical information for 47 species, some of which relate to host plants in the first section. The codes and scales used throughout the book seem complex at first but are easily deciphered using the charts and lists provided throughout the book and in the glossary, appendixes, and index in the back of the work.

According to the authors “If the details do not interest you, just enjoy the pictures!” (14). It is certainly not hard to enjoy them! Taken by many photographers (see list on page 16) the pictures in this book are so artistic, while remaining scientifically appropriate, that it is a truly enjoyable reference read.

Born in 1921, C. Ritchie Bell studied the flora of the East for many decades and his expertise is evident throughout this text. Bell was the founding director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, is professor emeritus of botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a prolific author of books about botany and the plant life of the American East. Anne H. Lindsey, who is married to Bell, has collaborated with him on one other text ,Wild Flowers of North Carolina.

This is a great addition to any amateur foliage lover’s library but it could also hold it’s own in a plant biologist’s reference collection. Because of the wide array of information and accessibility by experts and lay persons I believe this book could easily fit in a public, academic, or even school libraries statewide. The book itself is small, portable and easily accompanies a reader on trips to view the colors of fall; something that the authors encourage readers to do.

Suzanne Horton, MLIS Student
Louisiana State University

 Griffith, Mike and Kirkham, Nathan. Game Day: Tennessee Football. Chicago : Athlon Sports and Triumph Books, 2006. 147 pp. ISBN-10: 1572438789 ISBN-13: 978-1572438781.

Game Day is a coffee table-type book filled with images, statistics, and more about the greatest events and people in the history of football at the University of Tennessee. The book is divided up into seven chapters and contains a forward by Peyton Manning. The chapters discuss every aspect of Tennessee football. From traditions to the most legendary players; from the most distinguished coaches to the greatest teams and Tennessee’s most competitive rivalries. The book finishes with a brief essay about the future of Tennessee football, along with memorable quotes from players and coaches about the program.

Most of the time, the amount of information provided by the book's editors is sufficient; however, in the case of the coaches and players chapters, more information would enhance the book's usefulness and completeness. Only coaches, albeit the most famous ones, are covered, and it is minimal. Player biographies are short, but readers interested in the subject would appreciate greater depth and breadth. However, this book was clearly written for entertainment purposes aimed towards general fans of the University of Tennessee football program. Even so, this book is very readable and should be enjoyed by a wide audience comprised of casual and die-hard U.T. football fans.

This book is not intended for any kind of reference purposes, as the information is not nearly substantial enough to use for any serious, research writing. It's highly recommended for Tennessee public libraries, especially in Knoxville. I further recommend this book for middle and high school libraries, particularly for boys and reluctant readers, and for students interested in attending the University of Tennessee. This book also makes an excellent gift for anyone who is even a casual fan of Tennessee football.

Julie Caudle
Spring Hill Public Library

 Lester, Connie L. Up from the Mudsills of Hell: The Farmers’ Alliance, Populism, and Progressive Agriculture in Tennessee, 1870-1915. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2006. 321 pp. ISBN 0-8203-2762-X. ISBN-13: 978-0820327624.

Stemming from her dissertation, Dr. Connie Lester’s book Up from the Mudsills of Hell traces the evolution of Tennessee farmers’ struggle for social, political, and economical equilibrium through the reconstruction era to the industrial age. Lester sets out to show that agrarian efforts to organize and secure a foothold in the changing society cannot be assessed on political office alone. Beginning with the formation of post-war cooperatives such as the Grange and ending with the activities and influence of the Farmer’s Union in the new century, Lester proves that “A closer look at the Tennessee experience suggests a new thesis with broad implications for reevaluating agrarianism regionally and nationally.”

When choosing the book’s title, Dr. Lester, assistant professor at the University of Florida and editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly, selected an apt introduction to the content of her study. Quoting Edward Carmack from a statement that shows the fierce disdain Democrats had for the Populist vote in the 1892 elections, the author illumines the perceived role of the farmer as the lowly foundation for which the rest of society would stand upon.

Engaging and informative, Up from the Mudsills of Hell illustrates the efforts of Tennessee farmers from a range of geographical, social, and economic backgrounds to join in an effort to “…press for reforms to improve their opportunities to engage in commercial agriculture and provide social justice to men and women living in the country.” While the Populists fell short of their long-term political goals, Lester’s examination shows strong evidence that the farming communities succeeded by influencing both elections and government, thus improving their sociopolitical status from the position of “mudsill” to that of an economic producer.

One of the praiseworthy qualities of this work is that it serves a wide range of interests and purposes. Saturated with historical and anecdotal references, this is a scholarly work that captures readers with personal accounts of the men and women who helped plant the seeds of American Progressivism. While scholars of Tennessee agrarian history are the primary audience to receive the benefit of Lester’s study, the book also provides appeal to those interested in gender and multicultural studies, the origins of the labor movement, political science, and post-Civil War developments in Tennessee history.

Lester breaks down her findings first chronologically and then by topic as she explores the farming communities’ backgrounds, their initial organization attempts and purpose, their eventual political involvement, and the final outcome during the early twentieth century. A generous use of footnotes, an extensive bibliography categorized by document type, and an illustrations guide further add to the careful organization of the book. Lester’s enthusiasm and dedication to her subject are as thorough as her research.

Overall, the book is a clearly written and structured effort to bring a broader interpretation of Tennessee agrarian history to a range of audiences. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with larger collections encompassing Tennessee’s political and economic history.

Serene Seely, Reference Librarian
Williamson County Public Library

 Patrick, James. The Beginning of Collegiate Education West of the Appalachians, 1975-1833: The Achievement of Dr. Charles Coffin of Greeneville College and East Tennessee College. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. 398 pp. ISBN-10: 0-7734-5447-0  ISBN-13: 978-0-7734-5447-7.

James Patrick, founder and Chancellor of The College of Saint Thomas More in Forth Worth, Texas, provides a thorough exploration of Charles Coffin’s career at Greeneville College and later at East Tennessee College, and his attempts to institutionalize Harvard’s vaulted curriculum at the frontier. Patrick explores Coffin’s surviving papers in depth, detailing his move from New England to Tennessee, and highlighting the deep connections between his religious calling and his educational mission. Patrick’s research effectively highlights the tensions between the religious pluralism of the times and Coffin’s classical curriculum heavily inspired by the historical alliance between Christianity and education.

The book provides an insightful academic history of East Tennessee as well as a useful and detailed glimpse into the founding of higher education in the area. Journals, letters and manuscripts form the bulk of the references for Patrick’s work, and provide an intimate look at Coffin’s mission to bring both education and Christianity into the wilderness that characterized the area. The information distilled from Coffin’s letters makes the efforts of this nearly forgotten preacher, teacher, and college president all the more accessible for the personal nature of the record Patrick explores, and as a contribution to the field, Patrick’s work is a wonderfully detailed exploration of the intellectual and political issues of the frontier as experienced by one of the founders of higher education in the area.

As a work on the patterns of collegiate learning and the history of education, this book stands as an excellent precursor to E.E. Slosson’s 1910 work, Great American Universities, and the personal insight from journals and letters of the challenges Coffin faced to promote Christian classicism and its academic rigor before education became secularized give the researcher a solid grounding in the challenges educators faced in the early 19th century. The chronological organization of the book makes it easy to follow, Patrick’s endnotes are extensive, and his lengthy bibliography is organized by topic, which the researcher will find extremely useful. An excellent chronicle of the early intellectual history of Tennessee, this book would be a welcome addition to university, historical society, and state libraries alike.

Colleen S. Harris, Assistant Professor Reference & Instruction Librarian
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 Shelby, Anne and McArdle, Paula, illustrator. The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8078-3163-2.

Anne Shelby’s recently published children’s book of folktales, The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales, went through the ultimate test. Several selections were read aloud at a slumber party to eight little girls. We all know folktales are meant to be told and enjoyed as a group, but was this fair? Well, I wasn’t so sure, but the remarkable news is that not only did Molly Whuppie pass the test; she had the Hannah Montana crowd asking for more! The girls made their choices from the table of contents and selected “Molly and the Unwanted Boyfriends” and “Runaway Cornbread”. Both folktales were big hits.

Kentucky author, Anne Shelby, has compiled fourteen stories, most of which deal with heroine Molly Whuppie, and created a collection just begging to be shared aloud or even enjoyed silently. These retellings are based on the oral tradition of Eastern Kentucky and contain the language and syntax of Appalachia and rural America. The author’s storytelling background is evident, making each story a complete and satisfying experience.

Shelby does a proper job of documenting her stories and gives credit to folklorist Leonard Roberts and Gerald Alvey’s folklore class at the University of Kentucky. A short bibliography is also included for those who wish to dig deeper. Artist Paula NcArdle’s whimsical black-and-white illustrations accompany each folktale. The very nature of the art work is such that students could be encouraged to draw their own versions and extend the experience through their own individual interpretations.

Librarians of elementary to middle grades would find this a useful source for quick, attention-keeping stories that are sure to extract a giggle. Molly Whuppie is a positive female protagonist who always gets the job done. Not only will girls be inspired and have fun at the same reading, but anyone who has ever faced challenging odds, wished for a little magic or pondered the complexities of human nature. Highly recommended.

Mary Vaughan Carpenter, Library Director
University of Tennessee at Martin

 Simpson, John A. “The Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie:” The Nashville Vols, Their 1908 Season, and the Championship Game. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2007. 292 pp. ISBN-13 978-0-7864-3050-5 ISBN-10: 0786430508.

The 1908 Nashville Vols, a minor league baseball team in the Southern Association, captured the hearts and minds of their city during their quest for the pennant. Enduring frequent roster rotations, injuries, and player discontent, the Vols managed nonetheless to surpass the New Orleans Pelicans by defeating them 1-0 in the last game of the season. The game generated a public frenzy both before and after the event, leading local sportswriter Henry Grantland Rice to dub the Vols’ victorious effort “The Greatest game ever played in Dixie.” John A. Simpson, a history teacher and baseball coach at Kelso High School in Kelso, Washington, reconstructs the Vols’ unlikely march to the 1908 Southern Association Pennant. The limited focus of Simpson’s work allows him to bring figures such as manager William “Berny” Bernhard and shortstop Julius “Doc” Wiseman to life, restoring a human element sometimes absent from broader sports studies. Simpson, who holds a PhD in American history from the University of Oregon, argues that baseball tradition in early twentieth-century Nashville is a microcosm of the game’s emergence as the American national pastime. The author’s knowledge of history beyond the scope of his work is evident, and his study is rooted firmly in a historical context.

Simpson’s command of primary and secondary sources is impressive. He has conducted research in numerous archives, including the Tennessee State Library and Archive in Nashville, and draws from a broad array of newspapers, manuscripts, photographs and, interestingly, player contracts. The sources are itemized and listed in the bibliography, and three appendices include lists of all the teams to which each player from the 1908 Vols belonged during their careers and the linescores for every game from the 1908 season.

 “The Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie” is for the most part well-written, with a few minor grammatical and spelling errors. The study is an interesting, albeit obscure, addition to the history of baseball, and many readers will find Simpson’s tale of struggle and ultimate victory compelling and perhaps uplifting. The work is suitable for most readers of high-school age and beyond, although those not possessing at least some level of familiarity with baseball may find themselves bewildered by Simpson’s frequent and detailed descriptions of the Vols’ games. Both academic and public libraries will find the work a valuable addition to their collections. Simpson’s efforts to explain the Vols’ season in a broader context of historical change and continuity in an early twentieth-century southern city will appeal to scholars, while baseball and sports fans in general will find fascinating his entertaining account of a heretofore forgotten team and season.

Aaron Horton
Louisiana State University

 Sullivan, Edward T. The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb. New York: Holiday House, 2007. 182 pp. ISBN 978-0-8234-1855-8 ISBN-13: 978-0823418558.

The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb opens with a picture of the first atom bomb test at Alamogordo, NM, in 1945. It is almost pretty, except that we all know what it symbolizes. The author, Edward T. Sullivan, uses it as a starting point to provide a thorough history of the bomb, the political and social climate that lead to its development, and the aftermath of what is known as the ‘Manhattan Project’.

Edward T. Sullivan is a Library Information Specialist for Knox County Schools. He is the author of two books for librarians and teachers - Reaching Reluctant Young Adult Readers: A Handbook for Librarians and Teachers and The Holocaust in Literature for Youth: A Guide and Resource Book, both from Scarecrow Press. He serves as an editor for that press’s Resource Guide series, and has published numerous journal articles about young adults and reading.

A New Jersey native, Mr. Sullivan moved to East Tennessee, and found that there were no books written for young adults about the Manhattan Project, a significant part of the area’s history. He created a book dealing with each aspect of the bomb’s development, from the science behind it, to the daily lives of the workers at the three production sites and, finally, the dropping of the bomb and its consequences. The book contains over 100 black and white photographs from such sources as the National Archives, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Library of Congress. It also includes a chronology of events, notes, a glossary and an index. Sources for further study are listed in the references and three pages of books and websites.

The writing is clear and easy to understand. The glossary contains explanations of the technical and scientific terms used in the book. Descriptions of daily life at the three Manhattan Project sites are detailed and vivid, including descriptions of racial segregation and the strict rules which all the workers and their families lived under. Quotations are not documented in the text, but rather listed in a section at the end of the book, so that the reader isn’t interrupted with a footnote citation while reading. Using so many photographs breaks up the text and makes it read more like a story than a history book, which keeps the reader’s interest.

This book is written for young adults, and shows them an important part of U.S. and Tennessee history. In hardcover at $24.95, it should be included in both school and public library collections.

Zinia Randles,Senior Library Assistant
James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University

  Waselkov, Gregory A., Peter H. Wood & Tom Hatley, volume editors. Powhatan’s Mantle: Indians in the Colonial Southeast, Revised and Expanded Edition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. 550 pp.. ISBN 0803298617.

Originally published in 1989, Powhatan’s Mantle: Indians in the Colonial Southeast received positive reviews. Kathleen Bragdon from the College of William and Mary stated in the Summer 1992 edition of the American Indian Quarterly, “This volume is well worth reading, both for the increased understanding it provides of the diverse and complex native Southeast, and for its new insights into the multiple colonial encounters that took place there, well into the eighteenth century.” Also, in volume 56, issue number 2 of American Antiquity, Jeffrey Hantman of the University of Virginia says “Powhatan’s Mantle should quickly take its place as essential reading for anyone interested in the colonial era Southeast, and in colonialism more generally. Even as many of these essays deal with specific regions and unique events, the papers cumulatively generate an original and unified perspective on the writing of Indian history in the colonial era that only rarely has been seen before.”

The editors now introduce an updated version of Powhatan’s Mantle, taking into account the past twenty-five years of research, offering updated perspectives and four new essays. The essays, both old and new, are written by a mix of professionals - historians, anthropologists, and archeologists - presenting an examination of Native Americans in the Southeast from several different angles.

As in the original, the book consists of three sections. In the first, “Geography and Population,” Helen Hornbeck Tanner writes on land and water communication systems, Marvin T. Smith addresses population movements in the early historic period, and an examination of race and region from 1685-1790 is provided by Peter H. Wood. These all include postscripts with information on research since the original publication in 1989. Daniel H. Usner, Jr.’s essay on Indians in colonial New Orleans remains the same, while a new article by Kathleen Duval addresses the interactions of Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in the French colony of La Louisiane.

Essays on politics and economics make up the second section. Amy Turner Bushnell includes a postscript to her article on Native Americans in seventeenth-century Florida, as does Stephen R. Potter in “Early English Effects on Virginia Algonquian Exchange and Tribute in the Tidewater Potomac.” The essay on Cockacoeske, written by Martha W. McCartney, examines a powerful Indian woman of the Pumunkey tribe, and includes a postscript. A prescript begins James H. Merrell’s article on intercultural exchange in the Carolina Piedmont. Lastly, Tom Hatley “replaces an outdated evaluation of Cherokee women’s agriculture as conservative and unresponsive to change with his portrayal of a resilient, adaptive farming that provided a stable domestic economy for the Cherokees during the eighteenth century…” (192).

The last section, titled “Symbols and Society” includes an essay with postscript by Patricia Galloway titled “The Chief Who Is Your Father: Choctaw and French Views of the Diplomatic Relation.” A new article to the book (originally published in American Antiquity), by Ian W. Brown offers a detailed look at the calumet ceremony in Native American society. He bases his research on archaeological finds and concludes with a postscript. “Symbolism of Mississippian Mounds” by Vernon James Knight Jr. has a postscript, as does Gregory A. Wasselkov’s article on Indian maps. Finally, the last chapter, written by Claudio Saunt, specifically for the new edition, examines how the ideas of race during the antebellum era changed southeastern Indian communities. This is accomplished through the study of the marriages and inheritances of a specific Creek family. The editors offer changes to the general introduction, along with revised introductions for each section. Overall, the collection of updated essays provides an interesting and varied look at Native Americans in the Southeast. Some may find the articles too specific or technical, but for an academic study of Indians, taking updated research into account, this new edition is a must have.

Toni M. Carter
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

 Wilson, Charles Reagan, vol. ed. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 3 (History). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. 385 pp. ISBN-10: 0807856916 ISBN-13: 978-0807856918.

Charles Reagan Wilson’s work The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 3 (History) is one of the single-most crucial contributions to the ever-expanding field of Southern Cultural Studies. This volume is part of an ongoing, comprehensive repackaging of the previously released (and magisterial) single-volume Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published in 1989 by the University of North Carolina Press. According to Wilson, who served as editor for both Encyclopedia editions, the purpose of the multi-volume (currently 8 volumes) re-release was — and remains — to “extend the reach of the reference work to wider audiences” while also reconfiguring and building on the original Encyclopedia’s 24 subject categories to reflect new scholarly developments.

Wilson, who serves as director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, has authored numerous books on Southern religious and cultural history, as well as serving as co-editor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. This particular volume, History, nicely showcases Wilson’s evident editorial and historical expertise by keeping the entries’ authors focused and consistent with the Encyclopedia’s mission of providing a cultural approach to the South. In addition to “expected” entries on Reconstruction, the Confederate States of America, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement, readers will find of particular interest a comprehensive and fascinating section devoted to the heretofore un- or under-explored historical role of Indians in the South, as well as an interesting entry devoted to the Southern Maritime Tradition.

Readers will also appreciate how this volume, like the other volumes, separates out larger, cross-cultural subject areas (such as Black Migration) from smaller entries such as those devoted to Bill Clinton, Thomas Jefferson, Davy Crockett, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The methodology for this separation is, however, sometimes unclear, since many of the “smaller” entries are equal in length to larger entries comprising the primary section of the volume. Additionally, there is no small amount of overlap between many subject entries, as well as a sometimes-irritating tendency towards assuming that volume readers will already be intimately familiar with the various subject entries. Thus, many important details are sometimes casually overlooked or left out completely, leaving the reader to fend for his- or herself.

These criticisms aside, this volume nevertheless provides an invaluable resource for academics and casual readers alike. There are many “wow” moments to be found in this work, as well as many deeply informative and interesting entries (James Peacock and Carrie Matthews’ entry on “Globalization,” for example, is an outstanding piece of writing and research). On balance, this volume is an ambitious undertaking and is should be an essential resource for both academic and public libraries, particularly those located in the South.

Nathan G. Tipton, Independent Scholar
Memphis, Tennessee

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