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Gold and Freedom
Gold and Freedom

The Political Economy of Reconstruction

Barreyre, Nicolas

Historians have long treated Reconstruction primarily as a southern concern isolated from broader national political developments. Yet at its core, Reconstruction was a battle...


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...


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...


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...


Ashe County's Civil War
Ashe County's Civil War

Community and Society in the Appalachian South

Crawford, Martin

Distinguished from traditional historical narrative by its balanced portrayal of wartime experiences both at home and on the battlefield and flavored by its vivid portrayal of...


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...


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...


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...


Exile in Richmond
Exile in Richmond

The Confederate Journal of Henri Garidel

Chesson, Michael Bedout, Roberts, Leslie Jean

Expelled from occupied New Orleans by Federal forces after refusing to pledge loyalty to the Union, Henri Garidel remained in exile from his home and family from 1863 to 1865....


Take Care of the Living
Take Care of the Living

Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia

McClurken, Jeffrey W.

Take Care of the Living assesses the short- and long-term impact of the war on Confederate veteran families of all classes in Pittsylvania County and Danville, Virginia...


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...


The War Hits Home
The War Hits Home

The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia

Wills, Brian Steel

In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Intimate Reconstructions
Intimate Reconstructions

Children in Postemancipation Virginia

Jones, Catherine A.

In Intimate Reconstructions, Catherine Jones considers how children shaped, and were shaped by, Virginia’s Reconstruction. Jones argues that questions of how to define,...


Marching Masters
Marching Masters

Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War

Woodward, Colin Edward

The Confederate army went to war to defend a nation of slaveholding states, and although men rushed to recruiting stations for many reasons, they understood that the...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


War upon Our Border
War upon Our Border

Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War

Rockenbach, Stephen I.

War upon Our Border examines the experiences of two Ohio River Valley communities during the turmoil and social upheaval of the American Civil War. Although on opposite...


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