William W. Freehling, Becoming Lincoln (University Press of Virginia, 2018).
Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018). [Note: I read Freeman’s book over the summer and can’t recommend it highly enough.]
Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States (Norton, 2018).
John G. Selby, Meade: The Price of Command, 1863-1865 (Kent State University Press, 2018).
Robert J. Wynstra, At the Forefront of Lee’s Invasion: Retribution, Plunder, and Clashing Cultures on Richard S. Ewell’s Road to Gettysburg (Kent State University Press, 2018).
David B. Allison, Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).
Millington W. Bergeson-Lockwood, Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).
Louis P. Nelson and Claudrena N. Harold eds., Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity (University Press of Virginia, 2018).
Timothy B. Smith, Altogether Fitting and Proper: Civil War Battlefield Preservation in History, Memory, and Policy, 1861-2015 (University of Tennessee Press, 2017).
I am currently making my way through David Blight’s new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, 2018). No, the book is not published. I just managed to get a review copy from the publisher. Blight is at the top of his game in this book so go ahead and pre-order your copy.
Update: My black Confederates manuscript should receive final approval from the board of directors at the University of North Carolina Press in the next few weeks. In addition, my proposal for a Confederate monuments reader, which I am putting together with Professor Hilary Green is now under review and has received a very enthusiastic response. Hoping to share more news on this front in the next few weeks.
Award Winner! Congratulations to Andrew F. Lang whose book In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America recently won the Tom Watson book prize from the Society of Civil War Historians. I shared with Andy a few months ago online that I thought his book had a good chance of winning. I am thrilled to see that others thought so as well. Continue reading
My reading has been all over the place of late. Some of it is related to a course on the history of disability in America that I will be teaching in the Fall as well as a trip to Norway and Sweden in June. I will have more to say about the class toward the end of the summer.
There are a number of excellent Civil War titles slated for publication over the next few months. Continue reading
I have officially run out of shelf space. More drastic measures to soon follow.
Antony Beevor, The Fall of Berlin 1945 (Penguin, 2002). Continue reading
Keisha N. Blain, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).
Christopher Hager, I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters (Harvard University Press, 2018).
Paul E. Johnson, Sam Patch, the famous jumper (Hill and Wang, 2003).
Mitch Landrieu, In the Shadow of Statues: A Southerner Confronts History (Viking, 2018).
John H. Matsui, The First Republican Army: the Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2016).
Phillip T. Tucker, Blacks in Gray Uniforms: A New Look at the South’s Most Forgotten Combat Troops 1861-1865 (America Through Time, 2018).