Civil War Historians

John Bodnar, Divided By Terror: American Patriotism After 9/11 (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Stephen Cushman, The Generals’ Civil War: What Their Memoirs Can Teach Us Today (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Ada Ferrer, Cuba: An American History (Scribner, 2021) Christopher Grasso, Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso Read more

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 Read more

Blake Scott Ball, Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts (Oxford University Press, 2021). Seth Blumenthal, Children of the Silent Majority: Young Voters and the Rise of the Republican Party, 1968-1980 (University Press of Kansas, 2018). Kent Masterson Brown, Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Bryan Burrough Read more

Book reviews can be tricky. You have to strike the right balance between covering its strengths and weaknesses as well as resisting the temptation to impose your own agenda onto the author. In other words, review the book that the author wrote and not the one that you would have written. I’ve written my share Read more

Stephen Budiansky, Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas (Norton, 2019). John Harris, The Last Slave Ship: New York and the End of the Middle Passage (Yale University Press, 2021). Elizabeth Hinton, America on Fire: The Untold History of Political Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s (Liveright, 2021). Kelly D. Mezurek Read more

I was recently asked by an academic press for my opinion on whether a new edition of Noah Andre Trudeau’s book Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 should be published. Below is my report. Noah Andre Trudeau published Like Men of War in 1998. It is a narrative driven and Read more

Chet Bennett, Resolute Rebel: General Rosell S. Ripley, Charleston’s Gallant Defender (The University of South Carolina Press, 2017). Anthea Butler, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America (The University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Karen L. Cox, No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice (The University of North Read more

The Civil War Institute has been knocking it out of the park with their regular series of interviews with Civil War historians. This week’s interview with historian Katy Shively is no exception. Katy is currently working on a biography of Jubal Early. I’ve known about this project for quite some time, but only after listening Read more

William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). Kate Masur, Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Norton, 2021). Tamika Y. Nunley, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, & Read more

Last week historian Stephen Berry joined John Heckman and Peter Carmichael for a fascinating conversation about the growing influence of digital history on the researching and writing of history. I am not even going to try to capture the richness of this discussion. Suffice it to say that it is well worth your time. Steve Read more