Here is a good rule to follow: Don’t start a new book the day before classes begin. There has been some buzz about the recently-released study by Jason Sokol titled, There Goes My Everything: White Southerners In The Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975. Sokol teaches at Cornell University and wrote his dissertation under Leon Litwack at UC Berkeley. I am making my way through the introduction and I can’t put it down. Check out the review in the Washington Post by Jonathan Yardley.
New Study of White Southerners: 1945-1975
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History