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Rounding the Bases: Baseball And Religion in America
By author: Joseph L. Price
Product Code: P366
ISBN: 9780881460407
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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After identifying early conflicts between churches and baseball in the late-nineteenth century, Price examines the appropriation of baseball by the House of David, an early twentieth-century millennial Protestant community in southern Michigan. Turning then from historical intersections between base-ball and religion, two chapters focus on the ways that baseball reflects religious myths. First, the omphalos myth about the origin and ordering of the world is reflected in the rituals and rules of the game. Then the myth of curses is explored in the culture of superstition that underlies the game. At the heart of the book is a sustained argument about how baseball func-tions as an American civil religion, affirming and sanctifying American identity, especially during periods of national crises such as wars and terrorist attacks. Building on this analysis of baseball as an American civil religion, two chapters draw upon novels by W. P. Kinsella and David James Duncan to explore the sacramental potential of baseball and to align baseball with apocalyptic possibilities. The final chapter serves as a full confession, interpreting baseball affiliation stories as conversion narratives. In various ways Rounding the Bases charts new territory in the literature about baseball and religion. Unlike previous works (such as The Faith of Fifty Million) that merely assert that baseball, as the national pastime, is an American civil religion, or others (such as And God Said, “Play Ball”) that draw parallels between the Bible and baseball, this book develops a sustained sociological argument for the conclusion that baseball is “a distinct denomination of American civil religion.”

Sacred Places : A Guide to the Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia
By author: Harry G. Lefever, Michael C. Page   Foreword by: John Lewis
Product Code: P379
ISBN: 9780881461213
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 192
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SACRED PLACES is organized around four tours of the important civil rights sites in Atlanta. The book also contains historic and current photographs of the sites as well as directions to the sites. Furthermore, the book provides a brief history of the civil rights movement in Atlanta in the 1950s and 1960s including a chronology of the important civil rights events in Atlanta.
Southern Encounters: Southerners of Note in Ralph McGill's South
Edited by: Calvin M. Logue   By author: Ralph McGill
Product Code: H048
ISBN: 9780865540507
Pages: 334
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This collection of Ralph McGill’s essays gives insight into the Pulitzer Prize winner’s firsthand observations and judgments of the people of the South, especially notable figures.
Southside: Eufaula’s Cotton Mill Village and its People, 1890–1945
By author: David Ernest Alsobrook
Product Code: H931
ISBN: 9780881466089
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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SOUTHSIDE relates the stories of the cotton mill workers and their families who lived and worked in Eufaula, Alabama, a small town on the Chattahoochee River, from the 1890s through 1945. Utilizing previously unpublished family records, oral histories, and other primary sources, author David Alsobrook relates the stories of the lives of these ordinary mill families—their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies. Many of the photographs that appear in Southside are from personal family collections and have never been seen previously. Alsobrook’s chapter on legendary mill owner Donald Comer presents a fresh assessment of this remarkably enlightened corporate executive and his own particular brand of paternalism, which differed significantly from the philosophy of many of his contemporaries in the Southern textile industry.
The Allman Brothers Band Classic Memorabilia, 1969-76
By author: William Perkins, Jack Weston   Introduction by: Galadrielle Allman
Product Code: P518
ISBN: 9780881465471
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The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 by Duane and Gregg Allman, along with Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, and “Jaimoe.” Their musical combination of the elements of rock, blues, jazz, and country was hugely successful and continues to stand the test of time. Filled with more than two hundred captioned images, this new book chronicles Jack Weston’s collection and other items of The Allman Brothers Band memorabilia from 1969–1976. Weston and Perkins discuss in detail the various categories and aspects of band collectibles from that period. The book not only highlights individual collectibles, but also explains where to find them and how to preserve them. Included are band instruments and equipment, t-shirts, apparel and merchandise, autographs, bookkeeping documents, passes, posters, tickets, programs, promotional items, vintage photographs, and more. Galadrielle Allman, daughter of the late Duane Allman, offers an introduction that is both intimate and informative. Fans of classic rock music and The Allman Brothers Band alike will find this book irresistible and prepublication interest from fans has been phenomenal.

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