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The Struggle for Equality

Essays on Sectional Conflict, the Civil War, and the Long Reconstruction
Edited by Orville Vernon Burton, Jerald Podair, and Jennifer L. Weber

BUY Cloth · 320 pp. · 6.125 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813931739 · $49.50 · Dec 2011
BUY Ebook · 320 pp. · ISBN 9780813931777 · $49.50 · Dec 2011

This collection of essays, organized around the theme of the struggle for equality in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, also serves to honor the renowned Civil War historian James McPherson. Complete with a brief interview with the celebrated scholar, this volume reflects the best aspects of McPherson’s work, while casting new light on the struggle that has served as the animating force of his lifetime of scholarship. With a chronological span from the 1830s to the 1960s, the contributions bear witness to the continuing vigor of the argument over equality.

Contributors>: Orville Vernon Burton, Clemson University * Tom Carhart, Independent Scholar * Catherine Clinton, Queen's University Belfast * Thomas C. Cox, University of Southern California * Bruce Dain, University of Utah * John M. Giggie, University of Alabama * Michele Gillespie, Wake Forest University * Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill * Brian Greenberg, Monmouth University * James K. Hogue, University of North Carolina, Charlotte * Judith A. Hunter, State University of New York, Geneseo * Ryan P. Jordan, University of San Diego * Philip M. Katz, American Association of Museums * Monroe H. Little, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis * Peyton McCrary, U.S. Department of Justice * Jerald Podair, Lawrence University * Jennifer L. Weber, University of Kansas * Ronald C. White Jr., University of California Los Angeles


The Struggle for Equality is a collection of excellent essays that span the Civil War, Reconstruction, and their long legacy. The work clearly demonstrates the enormous influence of James McPherson as both scholar and teacher—a fitting tribute to one of our finest historians.

George C. Rable, University of Alabama, author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!

This is a book full of intriguing historic characters, brought to life by excellent scholars. The editors have done a great service by including a valuable survey of McPherson’s scholarly career and a fascinating interview with the master himself.

Matt Gallman, University of Florida, author of Northerners at War: Reflections on the Civil War Home Front

About the Author(s): 

Orville Vernon Burton, Professor of History at Clemson University and Director of the Cyberinstitute, is the author of The Age of Lincoln. He is also Emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology at the University of Illinois. Jerald Podair, Professor of History and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University, is the author of The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis. Jennifer L. Weber, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, is the author of Copperheads: the Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North.

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