History in the Headlines

At a moment of heightened polarization, when distinctions between facts and click-bait news are elusive, the University of Georgia Press introduces a critical new series committed to reaffirming the indispensable role of the intellectual in the public sphere. History in the Headlines promises to harness the accumulated knowledge of leading scholars and academics, capturing their voices within a series dedicated to informing contemporary debate. Series editors Catherine Clinton and Jim Downs will work alongside a distinguished advisory board to offer books that contextualize current events and provide essential perspective.

The centerpiece of each book is a comprehensive roundtable discussion—carefully edited for concision, clarity, and relevance—bookended by an informative introduction, conclusion, and annotated bibliography. Stripped of jargon and focused on common issues, History in the Headlines will inform readers about pressing issues of the day with clear, lively writing and a conversational style. Series books engage prominent scholars with students, journalists, and the public at large.

Themes are selected based upon their contemporary importance and lasting scholarly weight: From Confederate memorialization and the construction of race, to the history of epidemics and the development of mass incarceration. The result will position informed conversation at its center, bring expertise to the fore, and situate History in the Headlines in the middle of pressing debates for years to come.

Catherine Clinton is the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author or editor of over twenty-five books, including Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, and Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War. She served as a consultant on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and on the scholarly advisory boards of Civil War History, Civil War Times, and Ford’s Theatre.

Jim Downs is a professor of history and American studies at Connecticut College. Downs is the author of Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction and Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation. He is co-editor of Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation and Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America.

Books in this series

Confederate Statues and Memorialization
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Karen L. Cox, Gary W. Gallagher, and Nell Irvin Painter
In Conversation with Catherine Clinton

Series Editors

Catherine Clinton
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Jim Downs
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Series Advisory Board

Zaheer Ali
Brooklyn Historical Society

Stephen Berry
University of Georgia

Alexis Coe

Tony Horwitz

John McMillian
Georgia State University

Nell Irvin Painter
Princeton University

Clay Risen
New York Times

Blain Roberts
Fresno State University

Nicholas Syrett
University of Kansas

Heather Ann Thompson
University of Michigan