There has been a buzz about this series for a few years now. The Littlefield Series will be comprised of sixteen volumes and is being edited by Gary Gallagher and Michael Parrish for the University of North Carolina Press and the Littlefield Fund for Southern History of the University of Texas at Austin. While there has been nothing posted on UNC’s website I did receive a brochure which includes a brief announcement that the inaugural volume is scheduled for publication this November. The first volume is by Elizabeth Varon and is titled Disunion: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859. Additional volumes will be published through the Civil War Sesquicentennial and included by such notable scholars as Mark Grimsley, Mark E. Neely, and James McPherson. If I remember correctly, McPherson is writing the volume on the navy, George Rable on religion, Joan Waugh on the common soldier, and Carol Reardon on the war in the East.
Hey Grimsley, what subject are you tackling?
This promises to be an important series of books that should both synthesize the overwhelming amount of new scholarship which has emerged over the past few decades as well as offer new interpretations that will influence future scholars.