Book Reviews - Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History

Book Reviews


Killers of the Dream

Eric A. Curry
Armstrong State University

Lillian Smith’s provocative social commentary, Killers of the Dream, examines the history of the New South through the lens of the psychoanalytical model of Freudian analysis in order to explain the outbreak of racism and segregation following the Civil War, and the subsequent dismantlement of slavery.


Josephine Butler

Katherine Soule
Armstrong State University

In Josephine Butler, the author has focused on the woman behind the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts-a new approach which helps the reader understand the evolution of personal support for women’s rights among men and women across multiple classes of society.


Comrades at Odds: The United States and India, 1947–1964

Ron Leonhardt
Northern Illinois University

"Although Rotter outlines each aspect of culture in significant detail, he fails to convincingly illustrate that US-Indian relations were centrally influenced by culture."


Shattered Mirrors: Our Search for Identity and Community in the AIDS Era

Francis Tannie Arnsdorff
Armstrong State University

"Shattered Mirrors is successful in outlining many social obstacles to proper preventative education and the methods needed for slowing the spread of AIDS."


I Was a Communist for the FBI: Matt Cvetic The True Life and Times of Undercover Agent Matt Cvetic

Charles Halton Thomson
Armstrong State University

"There is no problem with R. E. Gus Payne’s portrayal of Cvetic as a spy, but conflict arises where man meets job and vice-versa."


A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

Frank Oesterheld
Armstrong State University

"It is a detailed, erudite treatment of a very complex series of events that never descends into academic pedantry."


Mountaineers in Gray: The Nineteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.

Michelle Teplis
Armstrong State University

"John Fowler achieves excellence in Mountaineers in Gray. The story starts slow, but his vivid descriptions are superb."


Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

Jordan Shiver
Armstrong State University

Janisse Ray’s Ecology of a Cracker Childhood brings to mind lessons from the reviewer's childhood.


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