The odds were against Ed Peeples growing up to be an activist who would inspire countless others. Raised in what he describes as a systematically racist South, Peeples transcended his roots to become a committed soldier in the Civil Rights Movement. This fascinating and unlikely story is the focus of his new memoir, Scalawag: A White Southerner’s Journey through Segregation to Human Rights Activism. Peeples recently answered a few questions about his beginnings in activism and the changes he has seen over a half century.
The Wall Street Journal recently reviewed Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés, a “stimulating collection” of essays that “explores Washington’s relationships with a series of younger men” including Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Knox, and Nathanael Greene. Its editor, Robert M. S. McDonald, is associate professor of history at West Point. In the following essay, McDonald reminds us of the very full range of Washington’s leadership.
Regular visitors to our web site have seen its logo on our home page but may not know what the American Literatures Initiative actually is. The University of Virginia Press is proud to take part in this Mellon-funded program with the goal of publishing books by first-time authors in the field of literary studies. Recently the 100th title in the ALI imprint was published, so this seems like a good time to reflect on this unique, award-winning project
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.