New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/13

William A. Blair, The Record of Murders and Outrages: Racial Violence and the Fight Over Truth at the Dawn of Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Mike Duncan, Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (Public Affairs, 2021).

Allen Guelzo, Robert E. Lee: A Life (Knopf, 2021).

Caroline E. Janney, Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Jess McHugh, Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books (Dutton, 2021).

Craig Steven Wilder, Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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

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4 comments… add one
  • Brad Sep 29, 2021 @ 13:23

    You may have addressed this previously but any thoughts on the Guelzo book?

    • Kevin Levin Sep 29, 2021 @ 14:23

      I am three chapters in and thoroughly enjoying the books. Definitely check it out.

  • Bob Sudduth Sep 18, 2021 @ 7:14

    Thanks as usual for the outstanding book recommendations. My booklist grows longer still.

    The LaFayette one is especially timely for me, as I’ve been studying the French Revolution. The biographies I read of Danton and Robespierre don’t paint him in a particularly flattering light. I’m interested to see more nuance on the matter.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 18, 2021 @ 7:34

      I just finished the LaFayette biography. It’s long, but well worth it.

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