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Southern Culture Books
See the following resources for selected ebooks and print books about Southern culture. To search for more, search our electronic resources and/or online catalog.
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Bridging Southern Cultures by
Publication Date: 2011
A panorama of past and contemporary southern society captured by some of the South's leading historians, anthropologists, literary critics, musicologists, and folklorists.
Encyclopedia of American Studies by
Publication Date: 2018
Brings together a wide range of disciplines related to the history and cultures of the United States, from pre-colonial days to the present.
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
Publication Date: 2006-2013
A comprehensive, 24-volume encyclopedia covering many aspects of life, history, and culture in the southeastern U.S. Each volume covers a different subject.
Minding the South by
Publication Date: 2003-09-04
Book of essays on various topics in Southern culture, written by a noted UNC professor.
Southern Cultures: A 15th Anniversary Reader by
Publication Date: 2008-04-28
A collection of seminal essays from the scholarly journal of the same name covering different the different issues and cultures that make up the American South.
Southern Culture Videos
Civil War: The Untold Story
This documentary mini-series provides new insights into the causes of the Civil War, life on the home front, the politics of war, the issue of slavery, and the relatively unheralded role African Americans played in the conflict.
Counter Histories: Rock Hill
Documentary on the Friendship 9, a group of African-American college students who were arrested and jailed for staging a sit-in in Rock Hill, SC in 1961.
Voices in Black and White: The History of Modern Southern Literature
Explores the nuances and complexity of 20th-century Southern literature and the fascinating relationship between its white and African-American traditions.
Southern Culture Websites
Documenting the American South
Site created by UNC-Chapel Hill’s University Library that contains many online sources tied to the history of the South spanning back to the colonial era.
A peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections.
The Color Purple
Read as an ebook
The Color Purple by
Publication Date: 2011-09-20
Read with the Libby App on your smart phone or other mobile device. Allows 1 checkout at a time.
Also available in the following formats:
Southern Culture Publications Online
Selected Southern Culture-related periodicals from the library's databases. Find more by using the Journal & Ebook Finder
Southern Culture Databases
ABC-CLIO eBook Collection This link opens in a new window
Collection of ebooks covering history and literary criticism. Includes large a collection of slave narratives.
Academic Video Online (ProQuest) This link opens in a new window
Wide-ranging collection of over 70,000 streaming videos covering a wide range of subject areas. Types of videos include documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, newsreels, and more. Available films include Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody-winning titles.
Black Life in America This link opens in a new window
The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Credo Reference offers online access to 1,250 reference books covering all major academic disciplines. (If you see an error when trying to access Credo Reference, refresh the page or use a different browser.)
Ebook Central Academic and Public Library Complete This link opens in a new window
Scholarly ebook titles supporting student and faculty research, and general nonfiction on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills.
eBooks on EBSCOhost This link opens in a new window
Over 26,000 fiction, reference, scholarly, and professional books online. For tutorials and other help on using EBSCO ebooks on different computers and devices, visit the eBooks on EBSCOhost support page
Films on Demand This link opens in a new window
Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.
Hispanic Life in America This link opens in a new window
The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.
Historic North Carolina Newspaper Collection This link opens in a new window
3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.
Home Grown eBooks Collection This link opens in a new window
A collection of more than 1,000 eBooks from a variety of North Carolina publishers. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.
ProQuest Arts & Humanities Database This link opens in a new window
This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.
U.S. History (Gale in Context) This link opens in a new window
Provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, people, and more. Includes primary sources, reference books, periodical articles, and audiovisual resources. (Formerly Gale U.S. History in Context)
U.S. History (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
Offers full-text, balanced coverage of both current thoughts on events in U.S. history as well as scholarly work established in the field. (Formerly InfoTrac US History Collection)
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