An Interview with Aaron Astor

 

Our interview with Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College and author of Rebels on the Border published by Louisiana State University Press. Dr. Astor’s work examines Missouri and Kentucky during the Civil War Era and the fall of conservative Unionism in these two border states followed by a retroactive Confederate ideology.

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The New York City Draft Riots

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