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).

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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