Book Reviews

From the beginning of my career, when I read three or four other biographies of L.Q.C. Lamar in order to get the background to evaluate a new biography of him, I’ve always spent far too much time thinking and writing about books. As the reviews are scattered over many journals, it has not been possible heretofore for anyone to determine how much of this effort has been wasted. With their centralization here, it becomes feasible. They are listed in reverse chronological order.


Brian K. Landsberg, Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the

         1965 Voting Rights Act, in Law and Politics Book Review, available



Ron Hayduk. Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in

          the United States, in Political Science Quarterly 121(2006-07),



Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen. Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement

         and American Democracy, and Sasha Abramsky, Conned: How

         Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W.

         Bush to the White House, in Election Law Journal, 6 (2007), 104-12.


Peter F. Lau, Editor, From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Brown v.

         Board of Education and American Democracy, in American

         Historical Review 111 (2006), 231-32.


Glenn Feldman, The Disfranchisement Myth: Poor Whites and Suffrage

         Restriction in Alabama, in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History,

         37 (2007), 646-47.


John B. Boles and Bethany L. Johnson, eds., Origins of the New South Fifty

         Years Later: The Continuing Influence of a Historical Classic, in

         The Historian, 67 (2005), 307-09.


Charles H. Feinstein and Mark Thomas, Making History Count:

A primer in quantitative methods for historians, in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 35 (2005), 622-23.


John D. Skrentny, The Minority Rights Revolution,

in Journal of American History 90 (2004), 156.


Jane Dailey, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, and Bryant Simon, eds.,

Jumpin' Jim Crow:  Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights, in Georgia Historical Quarterly 87 (2003), 427-48.


Laughlin McDonald, A Voting Rights Odyssey

 Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, in Election Law Journal

3 (2003), 53-62.


Michael Perman, Struggle for Mastery:  Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908 [135 kb], in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 34 (2003), 109-10.


Robert M. Goldman, Reconstruction and Black Suffrage:  Losing the Vote in Reese and Cruikshank [65kb], H-NET Reviews, March, 2003.  URL:


Alexander Keyssar, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States and Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, Why America Stopped Voting: The Decline of Participatory Democracy and the Emergence of Modern American Politics,[40 kb] Journal of American History 88 (2001), 1044-46.


Miles Fairburn, Social History: Problems, Strategies and Methods, in Journal of Interdisciplinary History [200 kb] 31 (2000), 247-48.


Kenneth C. Barnes, Who Killed John Clayton? Political Violence and the Emergence of the New South, 1861-1893  [3300 kb], on H-Pol, H-Net Reviews, July, 1999. URL:http: //


Lee J. Alston and Joseph P. Ferrie, Southern Paternalism and the American Welfare State: Economics, Politics, and Institutions in the South, 1865-1965 [40 kb], in The Independent Review, 4 (Winter, 2000).


Keith J. Bybee, Mistaken Identity: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Minority Representation  [49  kb], in American Political Science Review 93 (1999), 968-69.


Ward M. McAfee, Religion, Race, and Reconstruction: The Public School in the Politics of the 1870s, [165 kb] in American Historical Review 104 (1999), 1677-78.


Samuel L. Webb, Two-Party Politics in the One-Party South: Alabama’s Hill Country, 1874-1920,[41 kb] in Journal of Economic History, 59 (1999), 234-35.


Stewart E. Tolnay and E.M. Beck, A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930, [82 kb] in Historical Methods 31 (1998), 171-75.


Alex Lichtenstein, Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South [103 kb] in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 28 (1998), 484-85.


Stephen Cresswell, Multi-Party Politics in Mississippi, 1877-1902 [1458 kb], in Journal of American History, 83 (1996), 642-43.


Nancy MacLean, Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan,[445 kb] in Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 32 (1996), 229-32.


Daniel I. Greenstein, A Historian's Guide to Computing [196 kb], in Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 27 (1996), 103-05.


Howard N. Rabinowitz, Race, Ethnicity and Urbanization,[146 kb] in Slavery and Abolition 16 (1995), 267-69.


Michael C. Dawson, Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics [2373 kb], in North Carolina Historical Review 72 (1995), 376-77.


James Goodman, Stories of Scottsboro [300 kb], in Princeton Alumni Weekly 95, #9 (Feb. 8, 1995), 20-21.


Robert R. Dykstra, Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier,[66 kb] in Reviews in American History, 22 (1994), 442-48.


Robert C. McMath, Jr., American Populism: A Social History, 1877-1898 [3739 kb], in Georgia Historical Quarterly 77 (1993), 634-6.


Michael F. Holt, Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln, [340 kb] in Reviews in American History 21 (1993), 207-12.


William Cohen, At Freedom's Edge: Black Mobility and the Southern White Quest for Racial Control, 1861-1915,[160 kb} in Slavery & Abolition 13 (1992), 239-41.


Loren Haskins and Kirk Jeffrey, Understanding Quantitative History, and Konrad H. Jarausch and Kenneth A. Hardy, Quantitative Methods for Historians,[37 kb] in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23 (1992), 139-40.


Donald G. Nieman, Promises to Keep: African-Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present,[115 kb] in Journal of Southern History 58 (1992), 704-05.


William E. Nelson, The Fourteenth Amendment: From Political Principle to Judicial Doctrine,[112 kb] in Slavery and Abolition 11 (1990), 414-16.


Kermit L. Hall and James W. Ely, Jr., An Uncertain Tradition: Constitutionalism and the History of the South,[131 kb] in Georgia Historical Quarterly, 73 (1989), 843-44.


James D. Anderson, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860 - 1935,[139 kb] in Slavery and Abolition 10 (1989), 144-6.

Lacy K. Ford, Jr., Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800 - 1860,[224 kb] in Journal of Economic History, 49 (1989), 767-9.


Peter Wallenstein, From Slave South to New South: Public Policy in 19th Century Georgia, [100 kb] in Maryland Historical Magazine, 83 (1988), 184-85.


Charles A. Lofgren, The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Interpretation,[250 kb] in Georgia Historical Quarterly, 71 (1987), 742-4.


Richard L. McCormick, The Party Period and Public Policy, in Journal of American History,[146 kb] 74 (1987), 169-70.


Gail Williams O'Brien, The Legal Fraternity and The Making of a New South Community, 1843-1882 [2700 kb], in North Carolina Historical Review, 64 (1987), 219-20.


Theodore M. Porter, The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900; Stephen M. Stigler, The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty Before 1900, [132 kb] in Wilson Quarterly, XI (Spring 1987) 2, 161-62.


C. Vann Woodward, Thinking Back: The Perils of Writing History,[150 kb] in Journal of Economic History, 48 (June 1987), 591-92.


Dan T. Carter, When The War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867; Ted Tunnell, Crucible of Reconstruction: War, Radicalism, and Race in Louisiana, 1862-1877, [477 kb] in Slavery and Abolition, 7 (1986), 290-98.


Olivier Zunz, ed., Reliving the Past: The Worlds of Social History,[320 kb] in Reviews in American History, 14 (1986), 342-47.


Robert F. Durden, The Self-Inflicted Wound: Southern Politics in the 19th Century,[70 kb] in Journal of American History, 73 (1986), 189-90.


Alexander M. Bickel and Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., History of the Supreme Court,[214 kb] Vol. X, in Journal of Southern History, 52 (1986), 479-81.

Eric Foner, Nothing But Freedom, [174 kb] in Slavery and Abolition, 7 (1986), 77-79.

Alexander P. Lamis, A Two-Party South,[265 kb] in Times Literary Supplement (October 10, 1985).

Steven F. Lawson, In Pursuit of Power [4184 kb], in Georgia Historical Quarterly, 69 (1985), 441-43.


David B. Davis, Progress and Human Slavery,[1808 kb] in Times Literary Supplement (1 February 1985), 123-24.


Michael Perman, The Road to Redemption: Southern Politics, 1869-1879,[84 kb] in Political Science Quarterly, 100 (1985), 350-51.


Catherine A. Barnes, Journey From Jim Crow: The Desegregation of Southern Transit [285 kb]in Constitutional Commentary, 2 (1984), 197-202.


Raymond Arsenault, The Wild Ass of the Ozarks: Jeff Davis and the Social Bases of Southern Politics, [84 kb] in American Historical Review, 90 (1985), 228-29.


Walter J. Fraser, Jr. and Winfred B. Moore, Jr., The Southern Enigma: Essays on Race, Class, and Folk Culture, [197 kb] in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 92 (1984), 475-76.


Stephen Hahn, The Roots of Southern Populism,[95 kb] in American Historical Review, 89 (1984), 854-55.


Paul Kleppner, Who Voted? and W. Dean Burnham, The Current Crisis in American Politics,[600 kb] in Social Science History, 9 (1985), 215-28.


Patricia C. Cohen, A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America,[95 kb] in American Historical Review, 89 (1984), 203-04.


John W. Cell, The Highest Stage of White Supremacy,[200 kb] in Journal of American History, 70 (September, 1983), 424-25.


David L. Kirp, Just Schools: The Idea of Racial Equality in American Education,[239 kb] in The Public Historian, 5, #3 (1983), 119-22.


Anthony P. Dunbar, Against the Grain: Southern Radicals and Prophets 1929-1959,[95 kb] in Business History Review, 54 (1982), 608-09.


Jody Carlson, George C. Wallace and the Politics of Powerlessness,[2097 kb] in American Historical Review, 87 (1982), 884.


Eric Anderson, Race and Politics in North Carolina, 1872-1901: The Black Second,[355 kb] in Journal of Southern History, 48 (1982), 123-25.


William Gillette, Retreat From Reconstruction, 1869-1879,[5461 kb] in Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 79 (1981), 191-94; and 80 (1982), 214-16.


Bruce A. Campbell and Richard J. Trilling, eds., Realignment in American Politics,[352 kb] in Reviews in American History, 9 (1981), 23-28.


Paul Kleppner, The Third Electoral Era,[208 kb] in Journal of American History (December 1979), 670-1.


Jonathan M. Wiener, Social Origins of the New South: Alabama, 1865-1885 [165 kb] in American Historical Review (December 1979), 1482-3.


Joel Silbey et al., The History of American Electoral Behavior [334 kb] in Reviews in American History, 7 (1979), 157-62.


Jack Bass and Walter DeVries, The Transformation of Southern Politics,[153 kb] in American Historical Review (December, 1978), 1368-69.


Michael P. Johnson, Toward a Patriarchal Republic: The Secession of Georgia [190 kb] in Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 9 (Autumn, 1978), 374-76.


Michael Schwartz, Radical Protest and Social Structure: The Southern Farmers’ Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880-1890,[223 kb] in Journal of American History (December 1977), 811-812.


Hugh D. Graham and Numan V. Bartley, Southern Politics and the Second Reconstruction,[47 kb] in American Historical Review 82 (1977), 217.


Lawrence Grossman, The Democratic Party and The Negro: Northern and National Politics, 1868-92, [331 kb] in Journal of Ethnic Studies, 4 (1977), 114-117.


John Shelton Reed, The Enduring South,[87 kb] in Red River Valley Historical Review, 4 (1979), 98-99.


Louis Galambos, The Public Image of Big Business in America, 1880-1940 [2081 kb] in Journal of American History (September 1975), 437-38.


Monroe Lee Billington, The Political South in the Twentieth Century,[98 kb] in Political Science Quarterly, 90 (1975), 561-562.


Roger L. Hart, Redeemers, Bourbons, and Populists: Tennessee, 1870-1896,[238 kb] in Journal of American History (March 1976), 1005-06.


James B. Murphy, L.Q.C. Lamar: Pragmatic Patriot [6400 kb], in Mississippi Quarterly, 27 (1974-75), 109-114.


Charles M. Dollar and Richard J. Jensen, Historian's Guide to Statistics: Quantitative Analysis and Historical Research,[75 kb] in Journal of the American Statistical Association, 67 (1972), 493.