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Daydreams and Nightmares
Daydreams and Nightmares

A Virginia Family Faces Secession and War

Tarter, Brent

The decision of the eventual Confederate states to secede from the Union set in motion perhaps the most dramatic chapter in American history, and one that has typically been...


Confederate Visions
Confederate Visions

Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War

Binnington, Ian

Nationalism in nineteenth-century America operated through a collection of symbols, signifiers citizens could invest with meaning and understanding. In Confederate Visions...


The Enemy Within
The Enemy Within

Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North

Smith, Michael Thomas

Stoked by a series of major scandals, popular fears of corruption in the Civil War North provide a unique window into Northern culture in the Civil War era. In The Enemy...


Apostles of Disunion
Apostles of Disunion

Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

Dew, Charles B.

In late 1860 and early 1861, state-appointed commissioners traveled the length and breadth of the slave South carrying a fervent message in pursuit of a clear goal: to persuade...


Slavery and War in the Americas
Slavery and War in the Americas

Race, Citizenship, and State Building in the United States and Brazil, 1861-1870

Izecksohn, Vitor

In this pathbreaking new work, Vitor Izecksohn attempts to shed new light on the American Civil War by comparing it to a strikingly similar campaign in South America--the War...


A Strife of Tongues
A Strife of Tongues

The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War

Maizlish, Stephen E.

Near the end of a nine-month confrontation preceding the Compromise of 1850, Abraham Venable warned his fellow congressmen that "words become things." Indeed, in politics—then...


Colossal Ambitions
Colossal Ambitions

Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World

Brettle, Adrian

Leading politicians, diplomats, clerics, planters, farmers, manufacturers, and merchants preached a transformative, world-historical role for the Confederacy, persuading many...


Longstreet's Aide
Longstreet's Aide

The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J Goree

Cutrer, Thomas W.

One of the Confederacy's most loyal adherents and articulate advocates was Lieutenant Grant James Longstreet's aide-de-camp, Thomas Jewett Goree. Present at Longstreet's...


A Separate Civil War
A Separate Civil War

Communities in Conflict in the Mountain South

Sarris, Jonathan Dean

Most Americans think of the Civil War as a series of dramatic clashes between massive armies led by romantic-seeming leaders. But in the Appalachian communities of North...


Worth a Dozen Men
Worth a Dozen Men

Women and Nursing in the Civil War South

Hilde, Libra R.

In antebellum society, women were regarded as ideal nurses because of their sympathetic natures. However, they were expected to exercise their talents only in the home; nursing...


Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

A Life in Documents

Douglass, Frederick, Barnes, L. Diane

Frederick Douglass was born enslaved in February 1818, but from this most humble of beginnings, he rose to become a world-famous orator, newspaper editor, and champion of the...


Preserving the White Man's Republic
Preserving the White Man's Republic

Jacksonian Democracy, Race, and the Transformation of American Conservatism

Lynn, Joshua A.

In Preserving the White Man’s Republic, Joshua Lynn reveals how the national Democratic Party rebranded majoritarian democracy and liberal individualism as conservative...


Yankee Correspondence
Yankee Correspondence

Civil War Letters between New England Soldiers and the Home Front

Silber, Nina, Sievens, Mary Beth

These letters by New England soldiers and their families, many published for the first time, speak of the hardships of the war, especially frustrations with the army, homefront...


Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia
Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia
Jordan, Ervin L., Jr.

On the eve of the Civil War, more Afircan-Americans lived in Virginia than in any other state- 490,000 slaves and 59,000 free blacks- and they were active participants in the...


Newest Born of Nations
Newest Born of Nations

European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy

Tucker, Ann L.

From the earliest stirrings of southern nationalism to the defeat of the Confederacy, analysis of European nationalist movements played a critical role in how southerners...


Southern Rights
Southern Rights

Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism

Neely, Mark E., Jr.

On the day Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate authorities, General Braxton Bragg reacted to a newspaper report that might have revealed the position of gun emplacements by...


Civil War Talks
Civil War Talks

Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans

Bernard, George S., Newsome, Hampton, Horn, John, Selby, John G.

George S. Bernard was a Petersburg lawyer and member of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Over the course of his life, Bernard wrote extensively about...


Lincoln's Dilemma
Lincoln's Dilemma

Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era

Escott, Paul D.

The Civil War forced America finally to confront the contradiction between its founding values and human slavery. At the center of this historic confrontation was Abraham...


The First Republican Army
The First Republican Army

The Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War

Matsui, John H.

Although much is known about the political stance of the military at large during the Civil War, the political party affiliations of individual soldiers have received little...


Lincoln's Tragic Admiral
Lincoln's Tragic Admiral

The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont

Weddle, Kevin J.

Once revered as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont is now, when remembered at all, criticized for resisting technological...


Reconstructing the Campus
Reconstructing the Campus

Higher Education and the American Civil War

Cohen, Michael David

The Civil War transformed American life. Not only did thousands of men die on battlefields and millions of slaves become free; cultural institutions reshaped themselves in the...


Civil War Petersburg
Civil War Petersburg

Confederate City in the Crucible of War

Greene, A. Wilson

Few wartime cities in Virginia held more importance than Petersburg. Nonetheless, the city has, until now, lacked an adequate military history, let alone a history of the...


Lee's Young Artillerist
Lee's Young Artillerist

William R J Pegram

Carmichael, Peter S.

William R. J. Pegram forged a record as one of the most prominent artillerists in the Army of Northern Virginia. He participated in every major battle in Virginia and rose form...


The Worst Passions of Human Nature
The Worst Passions of Human Nature

White Supremacy in the Civil War North

Escott, Paul D.

The American North’s commitment to preventing a southern secession rooted in slaveholding suggests a society united in its opposition to slavery and racial inequality. The...


American Abolitionism
American Abolitionism

Its Direct Political Impact from Colonial Times into Reconstruction

Harrold, Stanley

This ambitious book provides the only systematic examination of the American abolition movement’s direct impacts on antislavery politics from colonial times to the Civil War...


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