The University of North Carolina Press has announced plans to publish new books this coming February that were written, or co-written, by members of the WCU faculty.
Andrew Denson, associate professor of history, has authored “Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory.” In the book, Denson explores the public memory of Cherokee removal through an examination of memorials, historic sites and tourist attractions dating from the early-20th century to the present.
“The Resilience of Southern Identity” was co-authored by Chris Cooper, head and professor in WCU’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and his former colleague at WCU, H. Gibbs Knotts. In that work, the authors make the case that the region’s drastic political, racial and cultural changes have not lessened the importance of southern identity but have played a key role in keeping regional identification relevant in the 21st century.
Knotts taught at WCU from 2003 to 2012, when he became professor and department chair of political science at the College of Charleston.