Historian David S. Cecelski is the author of several award-winning books and hundreds of articles about the history and culture of the North Carolina coast, including The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina and, most recently, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slave’s Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
Ian Draves is a doctoral student in history at the University of Arizona. His studies focus on the environmental history of the United States and North America with an emphasis on the relationship between recreation and sports and the environment. He grew up in Alabama and spent many days fishing, swimming, and boating on reservoirs in the South, including those created by the TVA.
Bernard L. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His books include Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper (2011), Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780–1830 (2005), and The Stolen House (1992). He has published essays, lectured, and offered courses on visual and material culture, architectural history, self-taught and vernacular art, foodways, culture-based economic development, and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century material life.
Andy Horowitz is Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University, where he researches and teaches American political, cultural, and environmental history. He is currently writing a history of disaster and recovery in Louisiana.
Andrew W. Kahrl is Assistant Professor of History and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and author of The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (Harvard University Press, 2012).
John James Kaiser is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This article is derived from his dissertation, “Judicial Knight-Errant: Walter Clark and North Carolina in the Long Progressive Era.” The research for this article was made possible by an Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society.
Christopher J. Manganiello is an environmental historian and the Policy Director for Georgia River Network. He has published in Journal of the History of Biology and Journal of Southern History, and co-edited, with Paul S. Sutter, Environmental History and the American South: A Reader (University of Georgia Press, 2009).
Ann Cary Simpson directs North Carolina Catch, a nonprofit devoted to promoting our state’s fresh seafood and coastal fishing heritage. Her photographs also appear in Bland Simpson’s Into the Sound Country and The Inner Islands. Their third collaboration, Little Rivers & Waterway Tales, is forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press in fall 2015.
Bland Simpson is Kenan Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and longtime member of the Tony Award–winning string band, The Red Clay Ramblers. Collaborator on numerous musicals, including three-time Broadway hit Fool Moon, Simpson has also written The Great Dismal, Into the Sound Country, The Coasts of Carolina, and other works on eastern Carolina coastal life.
Patricia Smith is the author of six critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. A recognized force in the fields of poetry, playwriting, fiction, performance, and creative collaboration, she is also a 2014 Guggenheim fellow, a Cave Canem faculty member, a professor of English at the College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program. [End Page 139]