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So that every schoolchild in Alabama is familiar with the story of Benjamin Turner, a word about The Slave Who Went to Congress GoFundMe campaign

Thursday, February 25th, 2021 by Suzanne La Rosa

Benjamin Sterling Turner was enslaved in Alabama. Despite obstacles and hardship, Turner would overcome the odds and teach himself to read as a child. That literacy paved the way for Turner to become a successful businessman during the Civil War and the first African American representative in Congress for Alabama during Reconstruction. His story, one […]

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Dr. Alan Gribben, Twain scholar and longtime NewSouth collaborator, wins 2021 Eugene Current-Garcia Award

Friday, February 5th, 2021 by Matthew Byrne

The Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinguished Literary Scholar, named for the founding editor of the Southern Humanities Review, is a recognition sponsored annually by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama. The award is given to notable scholars with Alabama roots or those who have made significant contributions to the study of the literary […]

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Author Steve Suitts stirs up important discussion about school choice with publication of Overturning Brown

Monday, January 25th, 2021 by Matthew Byrne

Schools, like many of our most cherished institutions, face unprecedented challenges at the present time, with educators and schoolchildren among our most at risk of infection from the coronavirus, not to mention the related challenges posed by remote learning, which directly impacts the education kids receive. Now more than ever, our schools need us to […]

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Author, filmmaker, and educator Ibrahim Fawal passes away

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 by Suzanne La Rosa

Ibrahim Fawal (1933 to 2020), Abe to his friends, was a writer, filmmaker, educator, and one of the most remarkable of NewSouth’s authors. Born in Ramallah, Palestine, he came to the U.S. to attend film school, after which he was the Jordanian assistant director for Lawrence of Arabia. His brother’s sudden death in Birmingham brought […]

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NewSouth author video sampler: A COVID-19 quarantine project

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 by Matthew Byrne

Coronavirus has changed the landscape of book publishing this year, as it has changed nearly every facet of all our lives. In an effort to bring our books directly to you when you are probably spending more time at home, we seized the opportunity to ask our talented authors to read short previews from their […]

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American Founders called essential reading by scholars, reviewers, and trumpeters alike

Monday, August 31st, 2020 by Matthew Byrne

The variety of individuals who have called American Founders a must-read are as diverse as they are distinguished. This recently released work of historical genius from Christina Proenza-Coles traces the impact African-descended peoples have had on the American continent, beginning long before the first English ship reached our shores. It is this wide-ranging and unique […]

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Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman offers unique political perspective in national media upon release of Stealing Our Democracy

Monday, August 10th, 2020 by Matthew Byrne

Don Siegelman, who served as Alabama’s governor from 1999 to 2003, was wrongfully convicted in proceedings he calls politically motivated. He spent more than five years in prison, including, tragically, time in solitary confinement. Now released, Siegelman has become something quite dangerous in the political game: a motivated policy genius who doesn’t need to worry […]

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NewSouth author, pastor Alan Cross, reckons with Christian response to racism and coronavirus in national media

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 by Suzanne La Rosa

Call it tough love. Alan Cross, a Southern Baptist pastor and NewSouth author, wants to hold accountable Christians who fail to follow the teachings of the Bible in times of social change and strife. Cross had this to say when speaking with NPR recently about how Christians have responded to the killing of George Floyd: […]

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Sidney Lanier’s legacy in question with school renaming

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 by Suzanne La Rosa

The controversy surrounding schools bearing Confederate names brings into question how figures like Sidney Lanier deserve to be recognized. Vanished in the Unknown Shade, a biography of Lanier, was a small local project for us at NewSouth Books, the chance to work again with the talented and irrepressible Helen Blackshear, former poet laureate of Alabama, […]

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NewSouth mourns the passing of Constance Curry

Monday, July 13th, 2020 by Suzanne La Rosa

We mourn the recent loss of Constance “Connie” Curry, eighty-six, a friend of NewSouth Books and a chronicler of those who made a progressive difference in the civil rights era. An activist with a long history at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other civil rights organizations, Curry was on the right side of history; […]

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