July 5th is National Bikini Day

As everybody on social media knows by now, today is National Bikini Day. The bikini made its debut in 1946 and hasn’t left the pool or beach in nearly sixty years. For this, we are indebted to the French designer Louis Reard. His then considered scandalous bikini style embodied the freedom recently won in World…

Author Q&A: Kaye Lanning Minchew

In May the University of Georgia Press published A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia by Kaye Lanning Minchew, former executive director of the Troup County Historical Society and Archives. Below acquisitions editor Patrick Allen talks to Kaye about her book and how the presence of FDR in Warm Springs changed the…

Behind the Book: Charleston Syllabus

On the evening of June 17, 2015, Dylann Storm Roof, a young white man, entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, invited in by the African American parishioners. For an hour he sat among them during a Wednesday night Bible study session as they read from the Book of Mark. And then he opened…