Historian Tom Chaffin has contributed a piece to the New York Times‘ “Disunion” Blog on the Confederate raider, Shenandoah. Readers interested in further writing by Chaffin will want to check out his previous “Disunion” post, on abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which may be read here. They will also be happy to hear that next year we will be publishing Chaffin’s latest book, Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. The book chronicles Douglass’s historic lecture tour of Ireland, England, and Scotland. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when this book is released.
Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos, authors of Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson’s Struggle to Save the University that Changed America, will be appearing at the Octagon House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 3, at 7:00. Complete details may be found here. The authors will be signing and reading from their book, which describes the early days of the University of Virginia and how its founder, Thomas Jefferson, nearly failed in transforming an often unruly campus into one of the nation’s finest universities.
Attention, book lovers, bargain hunters, and history buffs! Don’t miss the great deals at the University of Virginia Press Warehouse Sale. Thousands of first-quality books in Virginiana, history, literature, African American studies, founding fathers, the Civil War, and more will be on sale. Hours are Friday, September 27, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, September 28, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Press Warehouse, 500 Edgemont Road, three blocks west of McCormick and Alderman (driveway located off McCormick Road). For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-924-6070.
William Labov, author of Dialect Diversity in America: The Politics of Language Change, appeared recently on the David Pakman Show, where he discussed the misconception of an American accent, explaining that America can be divided into fifteen regions with distinct dialects. What’s more, many of these accents, or dialects, are still evolving.
Mark H. Saunders has been named the new director of the University of Virginia Press, succeeding Penelope Kaiserlian, who served as director from 2001 until her retirement in 2012. Saunders assumes his new position immediately. “Mark has a deep understanding of both the substantive and technical sides of publishing, outstanding leadership skills, and an exciting vision for the Press in a fast-changing industry,” says David Klein, Chair of the Board of Directors of UVa Press and Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. “He is a wonderful choice for Director.”
UVa Press announces the release this week of a powerful new online resource, People of the Founding Era, a digital biographical dictionary that will be open to the public during its beta release. This new resource provides biographical information for thousands of individuals active during a crucial period in American history. Beginning with 12,000 but eventually expanding to over 60,000 people born between 1713 and 1815, the subjects include members of many of the most important families of the era, as well as individuals—such as artisans, merchants, slaves, and Native Americans—whose lives are not typically documented in historical archives.