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  • DONOHOE (ed.): The Printer's Kiss (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/26/2014 Author: George C. Rable  | 

    As a tale of family turmoil in the middle of the nineteenth century, this book succeeds admirably. Readers will not develop any particular affection for the Tomlinsons, but their letters (along with Donohoe's indispensable narrative sections that explicate their story within the wider context of the Civil War) presents a quite good and often complicated history.

  • LONGENECKER: Gettysburg Religion (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/26/2014 Author: John M. Rudy | 

    Religion is a human endeavor. A church is not a building or an organization, but a collection of people who care about each other, pray with each other, bicker with each other, and love each other. And this is the promise of studying religion in the nineteenth century, particularly in a town like Gettysburg.

  • GRANT: The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/26/2014 Author: Roger Pickenpaugh | 

    Could a lengthy ribbon of steel have overcome the divisiveness of Kansas-Nebraska, Dred Scott, John Brown, and the election of 1860?

  • An Interview with Stephen CushmanRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/21/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Stephen Cushman, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia and recent author of "Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War," published by UNC Press. In this interview Dr. Cushman discusses the five writers (Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William T. Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua ...

  • SCAFIDI: To the Bramble and the Briar (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/19/2014 Author: Jean Huets | 

    Scafidi's poetry voices those elusive truths that we reach for when standing alone on a monument-strewn battlefield, wandering a sleepy National Cemetery, coming face to face with the photograph of an unnamed soldier...

  • KREISER & ALLRED (eds.): The Civil War in Popular Culture (2013)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/19/2014 Author: Caroline E. Janney  | 

    This incredibly diverse volume is composed of essays from academic historians, literary scholars, and public historians...it offers an array of insights into how the war continues to pervade modern American culture, both shaping our understanding of this pivotal moment in history and informing how we perceive ourselves in relation to the past.

  • An Interview with Glenn LaFantasieRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/14/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Glenn LaFantasie, the Robert Frockt Family Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. In this interview, we discuss Dr. LaFantasie's most recent article entitled "Broken Promise" that appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor. Dr. LaFantasie discusses the comparisons that were frequently drawn between Robert E. Lee and George Washington and how Lee...

  • ZOLA: We Called Him Rabbi Abraham (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/12/2014 Author: Howard B. Rock | 

    This timely, well researched, and immensely thorough book will give readers valuable insight and understanding into the role that Lincoln played within the various Jewish communities both before and during his presidency. Most importantly, it shows just how deeply Lincoln became embedded into the saga of American Jewry, despite the fact that most Jews and their families immigrated long after his...

  • HUBBELL (ed.): On Lincoln (2014)Read More

    Category: Book Reviews Posted: 11/12/2014 Author: Jonathan W. White | 

    This book represents some of the best scholarship on Lincoln's personal life and political career. Several of these essays are classics in the field of Lincoln studies.

  • An Interview with William BlairRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/7/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with William Blair, the Liberal Arts Research Professor in U.S. History at Pennsylvania State University and author of "With Malice Towards Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era" published by the University of North Carolina Press. In this interview, Dr. Blair highlights the power of the word "treason" in the late antebellum period and how it carried over into the Civil ...

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