About the Author(s)
William A. Link is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. He is the author of several books, including The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930 (1992), Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (2003), and Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath (2013).
"For college instructors seeking a comprehensive narrative text capturing the entirety of southern history, William A. Link's Southern Crucible: The Making of an American Region serves as the finest survey produced to date. The breadth of coverage, analytical depth, historiographical relevance, and lucid but concise prose make for a superb volume accessible to undergraduates of all levels as well as to general readers. Southern Crucible successfully integrates the social, political, cultural, and economic history of the South and deftly places the region within its national context...[A]rguably the finest full-length history of the American South to date. Either as a single-volume text or divided into two sections, Southern Crucible should emerge as the most helpful
general text for any college course on the American South."--Aaron Astor, he Journal of Southern History
"Southern Crucible is a sweeping, fast-paced history of the South that manages to be both broad in subject and concise in analysis. Link has mastered the difficult task of organizing southern history into a readable two-volume set. It is the best overview of both classic and recent writings on the history of the South available today."--James C. Giesen, Mississippi State University
"William A. Link's new history of the American South is a game changer. A widely respected scholar of the region, Link is the ideal historian to depict the region and its complex past. We have come to expect diligent research, smooth writing, and insightful studies from Link's pen, and yet he exceeds those expectations in this welcome new history. Students will appreciate the volumes' comprehensiveness and readable prose; faculty will value Link's ability to weave the history of the region into the national story. In these two volumes we witness the span of southern history and its tortured social, political, cultural, and economic past. These volumes offer stories that are at once regional and national."--Jonathan Daniel Wells, University of Michigan
"Distinguished scholar William A. Link's Southern Crucible is an engaging and authoritative text for teachers and students alike. The book's rich narrative reflects state- of-the-art scholarship and provides new interpretive perspectives that reshape the field. The book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the American South in the context of U.S., Atlantic, and world history. It is masterful in its structure, coverage, and argument."--Michele Gillespie, Wake Forest University