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"Best of" Lists & Awards

Finalist, 2019 California Book Award, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (read online)

Finalist, 2018 George C. Rogers Jr. Award for best book of South Carolina history, South Carolina Historical Society 

"The Best Black History Books of 2018," Black Perspectives (read online)

"Most Midwestern Book of the Year? Read Biblioracle Columnist John Warner's Idiosyncratic List of Books of the Year," Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2018 (read online)

"Best History Books of 2018," Kirkus Reviews, December 10, 2018 (read online)

"'The Witch Elm,' 'Dopesick' and More: Janet Maslin's Favorite Books of 2018," New York Times, December 4, 2018 (read online)

"Eleven Books that Got Us Through 2018," Zocalo Public Square, November 29, 2018 (read online)

"The Best Civil War Books of 2018," Civil War Monitor, Winter 2018 (read online)

"Summer Books 2018," Times Literary Supplement, July 10, 2018 (read online)

"17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer," New York Times, May 17, 2018 (read online)


"Shared Space, Separate Pasts: Versions of Slavery in Charleston," Southern Spaces, February 14, 2019 (read online)

"Slavery and Memory in Charleston, South Carolina," Black Perspectives, October 11, 2018 (read online)

"'Denmark Vesey's Garden' Describes Long Shadow of Slavery," Charleston Post and Courier, August 18, 2018 (read online)

"Why Does a Slavery Supporter's Statue Still Loom Over Charleston? A New Incisive History Offers Answers," Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2018 (read online)

"The Persistence of Whitewashing," New Republic, May 31, 2018 (read online)

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, March 5, 2018 (read online)

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, February 15, 2018 (read online)

"South Carolina Leaders Offer History, Fiction Summer Reading Suggestions," Charleston City Paper, Aug. 8, 2018 (read online)

Civil War Times, August 2018, p. 66

Providence Journal, July 12, 2018 (read online)

Asheville Citizen-Times, June 14, 2018 (read online)

Tropics of Meta, May 28, 2018 (read online)

Civil War Book Review, Spring 2018 (read online)

History News Network, May 7, 2018 (read online)

Shelf Awareness, April 27, 2018 (read online)

"Still Wrestling with Racial Strife," Kirkus Reviews, April 24, 2018 (read online)

Book Page, April 2018 (read online)

Library Journal, March 15, 2018 (online preview)

Interviews, Appearances, and Articles about Denmark Vesey’s Garden

"'Loyal Slave' Monuments Tell a Racist Lie about American History," Nation, March 25, 2019 (read online)

"17 Must-read Books to Understand Charleston's Food," Charleston Post and Courier, Feb. 20, 2019 (read online

"Memory and the Lost Cause," Longreads, Dec. 27, 2018 (read online)

Interview, Working History, Southern Labor Studies Association, November 28, 2018 (listen online)

"Confronting Slavery Head-on, New Museums Shift How U.S. History is Told," Curbed, Oct. 26, 2108 (read online)

Interview, WRBH's The Writer's Forum, New Orleans, Sept. 13, 2018 (listen online)

"Behind 'Silent Sam's' Toppling at UNC, A Lesson for South Carolina, Says Historians," Charleston Post and Courier, August 26, 2018 (read online)

"From Slavery to the Opiod Epidemic, Why Now is the Time to Read--and Fund--Serious Nonfiction," Chicago Tribune, August 22, 2018 (read online)

"Charleston: What to Read and Watch," Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, August 2, 2108 (read online)

Interview, WWNO's The Reading Life, New Orleans NPR Affiliate, July 22, 2018 (listen online)

Interview, Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time, July 6, 2018 (listen online)

John T. Edge, "Dixie Vodka," Oxford American, Summer 2018 (read online)

"Why Charleston's Slavery Apology Barely Passed," Charleston Post and Courier, June 24, 2018 (read online)

Interview, Mic'd Up, Charleston Activist Network, June 16, 2018 (listen online)

Interview, New Books Network, May 22, 2018 (listen online)

Interview, KVPR's Valley Edition, Fresno NPR Affiliate, April 30, 2018 (listen online)

Discussion on the Legacy of Slavery in the U.S., Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 22, 2018 (watch online)

“Expert: 1865 Meal to Unite Blacks, Whites Likely Myth,” Charleston Post and Courier, March 14, 2018 (read online)

“80 Years After First Opening, Charleston’s Old Slave Mart Museum Adds New Layers of History,” Charleston Post and Courier, February 23, 2018 (read online)

“How South Carolina History Was Hijacked to Sell the Lost Cause,” Charleston City Paper, December 13, 2017 (read online)

“These Local Leaders and Historians Wanted to Leave Confederate Statues Standing--Until Charlottesville,” Mother Jones, August 23, 2107 (read online)

“The Memorials Honored Confederate Vets in Local Cemeteries, But Should They Remain?” Fresno Bee, August 20, 2107 (read online)

“Confederate Monuments About Hate, Not Heritage, Say Scholars,” Curbed, August 16, 2017 (read online)

“Southern States--And Trump--Resist Calls to Remove Confederate Memorials,” McClatchy, August 16, 2017  (read online)

“New Orleans Removes a Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee From Its Perch of 133 Years,” Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2017 (read online)

“Battles Heat Up Over Confederate Symbols in the South,” Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2017 (read online)

“The Remarkable History of Charleston’s Racial Divide, As Told By the City’s Silent Statues,” Washington Post, June 24, 2015 (read online)

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