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Latest Posts

  • CONLIN: One Nation Divided by Slavery (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/27/2016 Author: Kristen Epps | 

    This well-written, timely monograph enriches our understanding of the sectional conflict, the fluctuating nature of nationalism, and slavery's role in the memory of the American Revolution.

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  • KURTZ: Excommunicated from the Union (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/20/2016 Author: William S. Cossen | 

    This slim, well-written volume offers a straightforward argument that should move the historiographical debate in a number of subjects: from the role of religion in the war and the significance of ethnic identity among soldiers, to the place of Catholics in the wider American society...

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  • EGAN: The Immortal Irishman (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/20/2016 Author: Thomas J. Ryan | 

    Egan relates Meagher's steadfastness as commander of the Irish Brigade—steadfastness in the face of the mass slaughter of his men in battle after battle.

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  • BLUMENTHAL: A Self-Made Man (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/13/2016 Author: Robert O. Faith | 

    "Ultimately," Blumenthal argues, "Lincoln became the master of events because he was the master of politics."

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  • HODES: Mourning Lincoln (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 7/6/2016 Author: Bruce W. Eelman | 

    [D]eft use of personal papers, diaries, letters, and a host of other primary sources reveals how the president's death both unified and further divided the country in the wake of war...

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  • SHULTZ & MINGUS: The Second Day at Gettysburg (2015)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/29/2016 Author: Thomas J. Ryan | 

    Shultz and Mingus have set a new standard for the July 2 action at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the critical engagements that took place toward the center of the line on Cemetery Ridge.

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  • ROSS: Free State of Jones (2016)

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 6/29/2016 Author: Matthew C. Hulbert | Lost Cause trope after another is shattered against the gritty counter-narrative of men and women who temporarily erased the color line in defiance of everything the architects of the Confederate Experiment hoped to achieve.

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The Bookshelf

One Nation Divided by Slavery (2015)

Author: Michael F. Conlin

Reviewed by: Kristen Epps

Excommunicated from the Union (2015)

Author: William Kurtz

Reviewed by: William S. Cossen

The Immortal Irishman (2016)

Author: Timothy Egan

Reviewed by: Thomas J. Ryan


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