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Published 10/28/2020

BUTLER: Unforgiven (2021)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"Unforgiven" presents a unique, tense, and absorbing twist on an unprecedented moment in U.S. Civil War and judicial history.

Published 10/21/2020

DUNBAR: She Came to Slay (2019)

By: Benjamin E. Park Category: Book Reviews

"She Came to Slay" is a model of how to write an engaging text for a younger, general audience.

Published 10/14/2020

DeCREDICO: Confederate Citadel (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Mary A. DeCredico's "Confederate Citadel" reminds us of the importance of place and space to national sovereignty.

Published 10/7/2020

MAGUIRE (ed.): My Remembrance of the War (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

"My Remembrance of the War" is a well-told and wonderfully curated firsthand engrossing coming-of-age narrative.

Published 9/30/2020

MOREL: Lincoln and the American Founding (2020)

By: Anne E. Moseley Category: Book Reviews

Lucas E. Morel's "Lincoln and the American Founding" shows how the sixteenth president used his knowledge of the nation’s founders to oppose slavery.

Published 9/23/2020

FRAZIER: Tempest Over Texas (2020)

By: Evan C. Rothera Category: Book Reviews

Donald Frazier's "Tempest Over Texas" offers a fine-grained account of a six-month period in a theater that most people do not know very much about.

Published 9/16/2020

CRIBB: Old Abe (2020)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

John Cribb's "Old Abe" presents a fictionalized account of Lincoln’s final, momentous years that history buffs and general readers alike can enjoy.

Published 9/9/2020

BRETTLE: Colossal Ambitions (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Adrian Brettle's "Colossal Ambitions" is the most unique work on the Confederacy to appear in many years.

Published 9/2/2020

GLYMPH: The Women's Fight (2020)

By: Misti Harper Category: Book Reviews

In "The Women's Fight," Thavolia Glymph recounts the stories of women who were compelled by men to make sacrifices during wartime, but who have rarely been "acknowledged as political."

Published 8/26/2020

WITTENBERG, SARGUS, AND BARRICK: Seceding from Secession (2020)

By: Jonathan A. Noyalas Category: Book Reviews

"Seceding from Secession" is an exemplary study, prodigiously researched, profusely illustrated, and masterfully crafted...