[Mississippi History Newsletter Online.]

A MDAH Publication  |  Volume 43 No. 6  |  June 2001

New Books

Mississippi Quilts, by Mary Elizabeth Johnson, is the result of a six-year project to document this craft's heritage in the state. Of more than 1700 quilts examined, 140 were selected for full-color photographs by J. D. Schwalm, to represent the very best from the state. The book explores the role of quilting in Mississippi's cultural history, showing how quilts are valued not only for their artistry and ingenuity but also for their significance to families and communities.
From University Press of Mississippi for the Mississippi Quilt Association: cloth $60, paper $30.
Confederate Settlements in British Honduras, by Donald C. Simmons, Jr., recounts how thousands of Confederate soldiers and sympathizers, most of whom were from Mississippi and Louisiana, sought exile in British Honduras (now Belize) during the Civil War and immediately after. Among them were brothers of prominent Confederates Judah P. Benjamin, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Mississippi governor John J. McRae. Governor McRae joined his brother there, but died soon after his arrival. The foreword is by William F. Winter, president of the MDAH Board of Trustees.
From McFarland & Company, $27.50.
Campus Brat, J. Chester McKee's memoirs of growing up on the Mississippi State campus where his father was professor of botany, will be of interest to all MSU alumni and friends. McKee is vice president for research and graduate studies emeritus at Mississippi State.
The book, $24.95 plus $5 shipping, can be ordered from Friends of the MSU Libraries, P.O. Box 5408, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Proceeds go to Friends projects.

Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues, by Steve Cheseborough, is a guidebook to birthplaces and gravesites of blues greats, juke joints, crossroads-and the best local barbecue and greens. Famous blues locales are noted-Greasy Street in Ruleville, Nelson Street in Greenville, the New World district in Clarksdale, and more-and clear maps and directions are provided.
From University Press of Mississippi, $18 paper.

Mississippi's Forests and Forestry, by James E. Fickle, tells the story of human interaction with Mississippi's woodlands since prehistory. With forty black-and-white images and extensive documentation, this history debunks long-held myths, such as the notion of the first settlers encountering "virgin" forests. The author argues that the early industrial foresters, some lumber companies, and pulp and paper manufacturers practiced utilitarian conservation.
From University Press of Mississippi: $35 cloth.
A Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884, edited by Anne Razey Gowdy, brings back into print much of the author's best writing: regional and European travel columns, historical sketches set in Mississippi, profiles, children's stories, poems, and a variety of short fiction.
From University Press of Mississippi: $42 cloth.

In The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1880s, Bertram Wyatt-Brown further explores aspects of honor that he wrote about in his important book Southern Honor and reflects on recent advances in the historical scholarship of the American South. His analysis includes a discussion of how honor was defined among northerners, non-elite southerners, and slaves.
From the University of North Carolina Press: $55 cloth, $19.95 paper.

The Great War of Destruction, by Russell G. LeVan, is a full account-through articles, letters, journal and diary entries, interviews, and memoirs-of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of southern soldiers, wives, and friends.
From Pentland Press: $49.95 cloth.

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Published by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History • Elbert R. Hilliard, director • Chrissy Wilson, editor
Please send correspondence to: MHN, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205 or email to pubinfo@mdah.state.ms.us