New to the Civil War Memory Library, 02/19

Dean An Agrarian RepublicThomas J. Brown, Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina, (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

James Conroy, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln And The Hampton Roads Peace Conference Of 1865 (Lyons Press, 2014). Lincoln Prize Finalist

Adam W. Dean, An Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era, (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Lincoln Prize Winner

R. Douglas Hurt, Agriculture and the Confederacy: Policy, Productivity, and Power in the Civil War South, (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Patrick A. Lewis, For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War, (University Press of Kentucky, 2015).

Richard M. Reid, African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in the Civil War, (Kent State University Press, 2015).

Richard Wightman, Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History, (Norton, 2015).

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

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8 comments… add one
  • Patrick Young Jul 1, 2015 @ 15:35

    Did you read Civil War Canon? I picked it up last week and find it interesting, if quirky.

    • Kevin Levin Jul 1, 2015 @ 16:50

      Making my way through it. It’s a very interesting read.

  • Pat Young Feb 21, 2015 @ 7:49

    I enjoyed the Holzer book quite a bit. It does retell some familiar scenes from LIncoln’s life, but readers will likely not be familiar with his ownership of a German-language newspaper, which Holzer explores well. The rivalry among the Times, Tribune, and Herald are well-known, but the details Holzer presents are fascinating.

    Of course, Bennett being a Scottish immigrant made him a particularly interesting character to me.

  • Pat Young Feb 20, 2015 @ 19:25

    I ordered the African Canadians book when I saw it here. Apparently there were more Black Canadians in the Union Army than Black Confederates, yet they don’t get the same press.

  • Pat Young Feb 20, 2015 @ 8:02

    When I was a boy in the 1960s, my mom wondered out loud how Greeley and Bennett would have felt knowing their rival papers had merged. The fact that this was remembered 100 years later by a woman with just a high school education is an indication of just how well-known those newspaper wars covered by Holzer were.

  • Brad Feb 19, 2015 @ 13:28

    I’m surprised that Baptist’s book wasn’t among the finalists.

    • Kevin Levin Feb 19, 2015 @ 13:34

      Good point. The final chapter does bring the narrative up to 1861. That book is likely to win other awards.

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