American studies

Aaron Henry: The Fire Ever Burning

Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People, 1803-1877

Accidental Ambassador Gordo: The Comic Strip Art of Gus Arriola

Across the Creek: Faulkner Family Stories

Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City

The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable

Affect and Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion

Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Racialized Identities, and African Visual Culture

African American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

The African American Sonnet: A Literary History

African-American Proverbs in Context

Africans and Seminoles: From Removal to Emancipation

After Removal: The Choctaw in Mississippi

After Southern Modernism: Fiction of the Contemporary South

After the Machine: Visual Arts and the Erasing of Cultural Boundaries

Ain't That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century

Air Ball: American Education's Failed Experiment with Elite Athletics

Alfred Hitchcock: Interviews

Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen

Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature

American Exceptionalism

American Musicians II: Seventy-one Portraits in Jazz

American Singers: Twenty-seven Portraits in Song

Americans at War

Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives

Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons

Anything Can Happen in a Comic Strip: Centennial Reflections on an American Art Form

Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium

Art for the Middle Classes: America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s

The Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History

The Art of the Funnies: An Aesthetic History

Ash of Stars: On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany

Assembling Art: The Machine and the American Avant-Garde

Autobiography as Activism: Three Black Women of the Sixties

Autobiography of a Female Slave

The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks

The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements

Barry Hannah: Postmodern Romantic

Barthé: A Life in Sculpture

Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle

The Beatles: Image and the Media

Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Bike Week at Daytona Beach: Bad Boys and Fancy Toys

Billy Wilder: Interviews

Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine

Black and White: Cultural Interaction in the Antebellum South

The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation

Black Exodus: The Great Migration from the American South

Black Intellectual Thought in Modern America: A Historical Perspective

Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities

Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans

Black Writers, White Publishers: Marketplace Politics in Twentieth Century African American Literature

Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South

Blues Mandolin Man: The Life and Music of Yank Rachell

Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues, Fourth Edition

Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues, Third Edition

Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press

Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle, 1914-1970

A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music

Breaking the Rule of Cool: Interviewing and Reading Women Beat Writers

Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper

Brian De Palma: Interviews

Britain and the American South: From Colonialism to Rock and Roll

Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration

Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Buster Keaton: Interviews

Cajun and Creole Folktales

Cajun and Creole Music Makers: Musiciens cadiens et créoles

Cajun Country

Cajun Foodways

Cajun Mardi Gras Masks

The Cajuns: Americanization of a People

Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University

Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the Myth of Modernity

Carl Barks: Conversations

Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl

Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations

Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America

Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher

Charles M. Schulz: Conversations

Charlie Chaplin: Interviews

Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner

Chita: A Memory of Last Island

The Choctaw before Removal

Choctaw Tales

The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction

Christenberry: Reconstruction: The Art of William Christenberry

Chuck Jones: Conversations

Cinderella in America: A Book of Folk and Fairy Tales

The Circle of Guilt

City Son: Andrew W. Cooper's Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn

Civil Rights Childhood

Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the South

Civil War Humor

Clarence John Laughlin: Prophet without Honor

The Coen Brothers: Interviews

The Color of Jazz: Race and Representation in Postwar American Culture

Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers

Comic Books as History: The Narrative Art of Jack Jackson, Art Spiegelman, and Harvey Pekar

Comics and the U.S. South

Comics as Culture

Comics as Philosophy

The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life

The Comics

Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible, and the American South

Confronting Modernity: Art and Society in Louisiana

Connecting Times: The Sixties in Afro-American Fiction

Conversations with Arthur Miller

Conversations with Audre Lorde

Conversations with August Wilson

Conversations with Carl Sagan

Conversations with Christopher Isherwood

Conversations with Clarence Major

Conversations with Don DeLillo

Conversations with E. L. Doctorow

Conversations with F. Scott Fitzgerald

Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson

Conversations with Shelby Foote

Conversations with Tennessee Williams

Conversations with Thornton Wilder

Cool Cars, High Art: The Rise of Kustom Kulture

Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote

Country Music Culture: From Hard Times to Heaven

The Courting of Marcus Dupree

Courtship and Love among the Enslaved in North Carolina

Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country

Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe

The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans, 1917-1936

Cultural Orphans in America

Curatorial Conversations: Cultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Curt Flood in the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete

Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas

Dance Marathons: Performing American Culture in the 1920s and 1930s

Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist

Defining New Yorker Humor

Defining Travel: Diverse Visions

Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South

Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi

Desegregating Dixie: The Catholic Church in the South and Desegregation, 1945-1992

Dining with Madmen: Fat, Food, and the Environment in 1980s Horror

Direct Democracy: Collective Power, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas

Divine Destiny: Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century Protestantism

Dream and Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era

DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess

Earl Hooker, Blues Master

Early Escapades

Elia Kazan: Interviews

Elie Wiesel: Conversations

Ellen S. Woodward: New Deal Advocate for Women

Elvis and Gladys

Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865

The Enchanted Quest of Dana and Ginger Lamb

The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville

Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

Father of the Comic Strip: Rodolphe Töpffer

Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston

Festive Revolutions: The Politics of Popular Theater and the San Francisco Mime Troupe

Fiddling Way Out Yonder: The Life and Music of Melvin Wine

Film and Comic Books

The Films of Martin Ritt: Fanfare for the Common Man

Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast

Foster Care Odyssey: A Black Girl's Story

Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews

Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Frank Capra: Interviews

Fred Zinnemann: Interviews

Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture

Freedom Walk: Mississippi or Bust

Friendship and Sympathy: Communities of Southern Women Writers

From Daniel Boone to Captain America: Playing Indian in American Popular Culture

From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry

The Fruits of Integration: Black Middle-Class Ideology and Culture, 1960-1990

The Fugitive Race: Minority Writers Resisting Whiteness

Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics

The Gaithers and Southern Gospel: Homecoming in the Twenty-First Century

Garlic Capital of the World: Gilroy, Garlic, and the Making of a Festive Foodscape

Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire

Gary Larson and The Far Side

Gender and the Poetics of Excess: Moments of Brocade

Gender and the Southern Body Politic

George Cukor: Interviews

George Lucas: Interviews

George Stevens: Interviews

Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange

Gertrude Stein and Richard Wright: The Poetics and Politics of Modernism

Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit: The Culture of Festivals in the American South

Ghost Hunters of the South

Ghosts along the Mississippi River

Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader

The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age

Hank Williams, So Lonesome

The Hell of War Comes Home: Imaginative Texts from the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq

Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children's TV Programs

The Historical Present: Uses and Abuses of the Past

A History of Affirmative Action, 1619-2000

Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear

The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South

Howard Hawks: Interviews

Huey P. Newton: The Radical Theorist

Hydrocarbon Hucksters: Lessons from Louisiana on Oil, Politics, and Environmental Justice

I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen

The Identity Question: Blacks and Jews in Europe and America

In Close Harmony: The Story of the Louvin Brothers

Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie's Will

Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious

Interviews with Betty Friedan

Interviews with Dwight MacDonald

Interviews with Edward W. Said

Interviews with George F. Kennan

Interviews with John Kenneth Galbraith

Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans: Gender, Race, and Reform, 1840-1900

Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn

Inventing Southern Literature

Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line

Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States

Is There a Southern Political Tradition?

James K. Humphrey and the Sabbath-Day Adventists

Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats

Jazz Diplomacy: Promoting America in the Cold War Era

Jazz in American Culture

The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Huckleberry Finn

Jim Jarmusch: Interviews

Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler

John Ford: Interviews

John Huston: Interviews

John Sayles: Interviews

The Johnson Family Singers: We Sang for Our Supper

Just Making Movies: Company Directors on the Studio System

Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi

Katherine Anne Porter: Conversations

Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist

Kennedy's Blues: African American Blues and Gospel Songs on JFK

King Cotton in Modern America: A Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945

Ladies First: Women in Music Videos

Ladies of Soul

The Land of the Smokies: Great Mountain Memories

The Language of Comics: Word and Image

Leaving the South: Border Crossing Narratives and the Remaking of Southern Identity

Les Cadiens et leurs ancêtres acadiens: l'histoire racontée aux jeunes

The Life of Dick Haymes: No More Little White Lies

Living Life inside the Lines: Tales from the Golden Age of Animation

Li'l Abner: A Study in American Satire

Lockstep and Dance: Images of Black Men in Popular Culture

Look Who's Cooking: The Rhetoric of American Home Cooking Traditions in the Twenty-First Century

Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans

Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, and American Identity

The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors

Magnificent Obsession: The Outrageous History of Film Buffs, Collectors, Scholars, and Fanatics

Manners and Southern History

Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: Readings in Louisiana Culture

Mario Lanza: Singing to the Gods

Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech

Martin Ritt: Interviews

Martin Scorsese: Interviews

Mass Media and the Shaping of American Feminism, 1963-1975

Medievalist Comics and the American Century

A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader

Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Michael Powell: Interviews

Milton Caniff: Conversations

The Mind of the South: Fifty Years Later

Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967

Mississippi Witness: The Photographs of Florence Mars

Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins

Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II

Mort Walker: Conversations

Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore

Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records

Muffler Men

The Mulatta and the Politics of Race

Mule Trader: Ray Lum's Tales of Horses, Mules, and Men

Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines

Mystery Fiction and Modern Life

Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars: Making Things Whole

The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999

New York Voices: Fourteen Portraits

Nitty Gritty: A White Editor in Black Journalism

No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey through the American South

No Small Thing: The 1963 Mississippi Freedom Vote

Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From: Lyrics and History

The Norumbega Harmony: Historic and Contemporary Hymn Tunes and Anthems from the New England Singing School Tradition

Obituaries in American Culture

Of Times and Race: Essays Inspired by John F. Marszalek

Oliver Stone: Interviews

On Floods and Photo Ops: How Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush Exploited Catastrophes

On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities across America

On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover's America

Orson Welles: Interviews

The Other Carl Sandburg

Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir

Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family

Outside the Southern Myth

Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era

Passage on the Underground Railroad

Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

A Past That Won't Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Paul Marchand, F. M. C.

Pearl Harbor Jazz: Change in Popular Music in the Early 1940s

Performing the Pilgrims: A Study of Ethnohistorical Role Playing at Plimoth Plantation

The Pilgrim Jubilees

The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo: The Forgotten History of America's Dutch-Owned Slaves

Placing the South


The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello

Populism in the South Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures


Power Plays: Politics, Football, and Other Blood Sports

Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

Prejudice Across America

Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation

Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle

Projections of Passing: Postwar Anxieties and Hollywood Films, 1947-1960

Promises of Citizenship: Film Recruitment of African Americans in World War II

The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching

Prophet Singer
The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

The Pursuit of a Dream

Quentin Tarantino: Interviews

R. Crumb: Conversations

Race and Radio: Pioneering Black Broadcasters in New Orleans

Race and Sport: The Struggle for Equality on and off the Field

Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943

Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz

Real Football: Conversations on America's Game

Realism for the Masses: Aesthetics, Popular Front Pluralism, and U.S. Culture, 1935-1947

Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Redressing the Balance: American Women's Literary Humor from Colonial Times to the 1980s

Remaking Dixie: The Impact of World War II on the American South

Remembering Reet and Shine: Two Black Men, One Struggle

Resorting to Casinos: The Mississippi Gambling Industry

Rethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers

Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left

Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel

Richard Wright Writing America at Home and from Abroad

The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

The Road to West 43rd Street

Robert Aldrich: Interviews

Robert Altman: Interviews

Robert Taylor: Male Beauty, Masculinity, and Stardom in Hollywood

Rodolphe Töpffer: The Complete Comic Strips

Sacred Light: Holy Places in Louisiana

Sam Myers: The Blues Is My Story

Scotty And Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train

The Screen Is Red: Hollywood, Communism, and the Cold War

Searching for John Ford

Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita

The Seventh Babe

Shadow and Shelter: The Swamp in Southern Culture

Shaping Our Mothers' World: American Women's Magazines

Shocking The Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement

Showman: The Life and Music of Perry George Lowery

Sidney Lumet: Interviews

Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835

Slavery and the American South

Slavery, Propaganda, and the American Revolution

Smart Ball: Marketing the Myth and Managing the Reality of Major League Baseball

Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina's Tourism Industry

Somebody Always Singing You

Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement

The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is

Spheres of Liberty: Changing Perceptions of Liberty in American Culture

Spike Lee: Interviews

A Spiral Way: How the Phonograph Changed Ethnography

Sports Crazy: How Sports Are Sabotaging American Schools

Sports: The All-American Addiction

Stan Lee: Conversations

Stanley Kubrick: Interviews

Step Right Up

Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

The Story of French New Orleans: History of a Creole City

Straight White Male: Performance Art Monologues

Strangers on Their Native Soil: Opposition to United States' Governance in Louisiana's Orleans Territory, 1803-1809

Striking Performances/Performing Strikes

Sundays Down South: A Pastor's Stories

Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology

Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues

Swing, That Modern Sound

The System of Comics

TABASCO®: An Illustrated History

Talking Trauma

Talking with Michener

Tallulah: My Autobiography

Tearing the World Apart: Bob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century

Tennessee Williams and the South

That's Got 'Em!: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Threading the Generations: A Mississippi Family's Quilt Legacy

Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park

Through the Lens of the City: NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s

Tim Burton: Interviews

To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition

To Make a New Race: Gurdjieff, Toomer, and the Harlem Renaissance

To See Them Run: Great Plains Coyote Coursing

Truman Capote: Conversations

A Trumpet around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz

Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War

TVA Photography: Thirty Years of Life in the Tennessee Valley

Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930

Unveiling Kate Chopin

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau

Walt Disney: Conversations

We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired

When They Blew the Levee: Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri

Where Have All the Flower Children Gone?

Whiteness in the Novels of Charles W. Chesnutt

Whitewashing America: Material Culture and Race in the Antebellum Imagination

Whose Improv Is It Anyway? Beyond Second City

Why I Left America and Other Essays

With Signs Following: Photographs from the Southern Religious Roadside

Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life

Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement

Woody Allen: Interviews

Words into Images: Screenwriters on the Studio System

Working with Walt: Interviews with Disney Artists

The World of Richard Wright

Writing Women's History: A Tribute to Anne Firor Scott

Writings of Frank Marshall Davis: A Voice of the Black Press

Zachary Scott: Hollywood's Sophisticated Cad


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Record-Setting High Water on the Mississippi | James F. Barnett Jr. Reflects on Current Flooding in the US

In light of the current floods submerging the Midwest and along the Mississippi River and scientists’ predictions that this is just the beginning, James F. Barnett Jr., author of Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, a detailed chronicle of how the wild Mississippi will eventually deliver a cataclysm, shares his thoughts below. Viewed from the Natchez

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