Acquisitions, 10/09

To be honest, the last thing that I need to be reading is another book on Abraham Lincoln given everything that has been published over the past few years.  However, I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying Eric Foner’s new book on Lincoln and slavery and I suspect that it will quickly establish itself as the standard study – highly recommended.  I will also have quite a lot to say about Earl Hess’s new book on the Crater, which is by far the most thorough study of the battle.  Hess adds quite a bit to our understanding of the racial aspect of the battle.

Shearer Davis Bowman, At the Precipice: Americans North and South During the Secession Crisis (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller, The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction As America’s Continuing Civil War, (Fordham University Press, 2010).

Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery (Norton, 2010).

Earl J. Hess, Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg, (University of South Carolina Press, 2010).

Kate Masur, An Example For All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle for Equality in Washington, D.C. (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Louis P. Masur, The Civil War: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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

Purchase your copy today!

3 comments… add one
  • Margaret D. Blough Oct 12, 2010 @ 11:41

    I had an opportunity to get him to sign one of his books at the NPS symposium on interpretation at Civil War sites. I didn’t want to be one of those annoying people who tie up the line by showing up with a huge stack of books so I had to choose. I picked one of his earliest works, the book on Thomas Paine, because Paine was a particular favorite of my late mother’s and it’s a impressive work as well.

  • Margaret D. Blough Oct 11, 2010 @ 14:25

    I’m not sure if I have EVERY book that Eric Foner has written, co-written, and/or edited, but I’ve done my level best to do so. I have the newest book and I’m very much looking forward to reading it. He’s both an excellent scholar and a compelling and informative writer.

    • Kevin Levin Oct 12, 2010 @ 3:22

      I couldn’t agree more. His book on Reconstruction is perhaps his most significant, but I also really learned a lot from his study of the Republican Party and Free Labor.

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