New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/18

My book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, will be out in paperback next year and is now available for pre-order. Secure your copy NOW.

nothing-ever-dies-coverSven Beckert and Seth Rockman eds., Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Charles Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (University Press of Virginia, 2016).

Matthew Harper, The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Ronald C. White, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (Random House, 2016).

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad: A Novel (Doubleday, 2017).

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
  • Brad Sep 20, 2016 @ 20:13

    Having read all of Ronald White’s books on Lincoln, I’m looking forward to his Grant book. I hope it’s as good as those books.

  • Rob Wick Sep 19, 2016 @ 10:47

    Dew’s book looks especially interesting. From the preview I read on Amazon it appears to be accessibly written and would appeal to both the student of the time and the average reader. I love the line “Historians do not spring full-blown from the head of Zeus.” One of the reasons I am interested in historiography is to study the background that an author brings with him or her into their writing, and I appreciate that Dew is willing to bypass the idea that historians must divorce the personal from their history, at least in this case. I hope that the University of Virginia Press attempts to bring this work to a wider audience as it would serve as a needed corrective to the rantings of those so-called “heritage” advocates and would show them what it truly means to come to terms with one’s own past and how one should remember that past. Thanks for sharing it.


    • Kevin Levin Sep 19, 2016 @ 14:41

      I once had dinner with Professor Dew in Atlanta. He attended a boarding school just up the road from where I was teaching in central Virginia. He was very open about his formative years and the influence that the Lost Cause had on his racial outlook. I am looking forward to reading this book.

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