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Published 9/20/2017

FOUGHT: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (2017)

By: Jonathan Lande Category: Book Reviews

...essential reading for those seeking to better know Douglass.

Published 9/15/2017

The Search for Orville Wheelock

By: Julia Wheelock Category: In the First Person

One hundred fifty years ago this month, 28-year-old Michigan resident Julia Wheelcock learned that her brother, Orville, a soldier in the 8th Michigan Infantry, had been wounded at the September 1, 1862, Battle of Chantilly. She and Orville’s wife, Anna, along with Anna’s sister, Mrs. Peck, determined to travel to Virginia to look for him in the hospitals of Alexandria. The following is an...

Published 9/13/2017

WALDSTREICHER & MASON: John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery (2016)

By: Thomas H. Cox Category: Book Reviews

...this collection of primary sources provides important insight into John Quincy Adams's views on the most divisive issue of his generation.

Published 9/8/2017

Robert E. Lee, Confederate Memorials, and the Burden of the Past

By: Glenn W. LaFantasie Category: Commentary

On August 13, a statue of Robert E. Lee took center stage in the struggle over the meaning and legacy of the Civil War. That day a "Unite the Right" rally of self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, anti-Semites, and neo-Confederates protested the city’s decision to remove an equestrian statue of Lee from a public park. The rally erupted in violence, killing one...

Published 9/6/2017

PITTMAN: Rebels in the Rockies (2014)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

...illustrates irregular activity in a region that has long been understudied in the scholarly literature.

Published 8/30/2017

MEZUREK: For Their Own Cause (2016)

By: Jacob Glover Category: Book Reviews

...a well-written, engaging treatment of the 27th USCT that does far more than most regimental histories.

Published 8/30/2017

EGERTON: Thunder at the Gates (2016)

By: Kelly D. Mezurek Category: Book Reviews

....a valuable contribution to the study of black Civil War regiments.

Published 8/25/2017

Stereoscope: The Civil War as a Home Invasion

By: Megan Kate Nelson Category: Articles

The Beguiled may not seem, at first, to be a Civil War film. The movie, which is a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood feature (which was itself based on the novel A Painted Devil by Thomas Cullinan, published in 1966), begins with a panning shot of treetops and the sound of birdsong and buzzing insects. As the camera comes to the ground, it follows a young girl named Amy (Oona Laurence), humming to...

Published 8/23/2017

EMBERTON & BAKER (eds.): Remembering Reconstruction (2017)

By: Matthew Christopher Hulbert Category: Book Reviews

Reconstruction was much, much more than the political restoration of the ex-Confederacy to the Union; rather, it involved fundamental issues of race, citizenship, colonialism, and American identity.

Published 8/16/2017

FRAZIER: Blood on the Bayou (2015)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

By placing the Vicksburg and Port Hudson campaigns into a broader context, Frazier offers something for both military and social historians.