Did Slavery Doom the Confederacy?

In this brief video clip Eric Foner talks with one of his graduate students about the crucial role slavery played in the formation and defeat of the Confederacy. Included is a reference to the debate surrounding the recruitment of slaves into the army. The reference to McCurry is Stephanie McCurry’s, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South. This looks to be part of Foner’s ongoing MOOC course.

[Uploaded to YouTube on November 22, 2014]

Standing Up For Citations (follow up)

Last month I posted a brief item about a couple of reviews of Karen Abbott’s new book, which took issue with her citations. Both Jonathan Yardley and Ashleigh Whitehead Luskey pointed out that a few passages lacked proper citation or that specific sources deserved further interrogation to support corresponding claims. I was most interested in Ashleigh’s review in The Civil War Monitor, which included a response by the author in the comments section. Continue reading “Standing Up For Citations (follow up)”

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 10/26

William-Wells-BrownStephen Cushman, Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown: An African American Life (Norton, 2014).

Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, 2014).

John F. Marszalek, Lincoln and the Military (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).

Michael A. Ross, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Christian G. Samito ed., Commanding Boston’s Irish Ninth: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Fordham University Press, 1998).

Edward Steers, Jr., Lincoln’s Assassination (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).

Mark W. Summers, The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

John C. Waugh, Lincoln and the War’s End (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).