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Published 4/7/2021

STOKES (ed.): Incidents in the Life of Cecilia Lawton (2021)

By: Ashley Towle Category: Book Reviews

"Incidents in the Life of Cecilia Lawton" brims with nostalgia for the antebellum South, teems with malice for Sherman, and articulate the fear and loath white Southerners harbored for freepeople...

Published 3/31/2021

JEFFREY: First Chaplain of the Confederacy (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

Katherine Bentley Jeffrey's "First Chaplain of the Confederacy" reminds us of the nuanced role Catholics played in the Confederate and Reconstruction South.

Published 3/24/2021

SMITH: In the Shadow of Gold (2020)

By: Sarah Kay Bierle Category: Book Reviews

Michael Smith's "In The Shadow of Gold" is a historical novel for our own challenging times.

Published 3/17/2021

WILLIS: The Black Civil War Soldier (2021)

By: Cecily N. Zander Category: Book Reviews

Deborah Willis' "The Black Civil War Soldier" is a reminder of one of the most compelling stories of the conflict: the efforts of more than 180,000 African American soldiers to fight for freedom.

Published 3/10/2021

LEVINE: Thaddeus Stevens (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Bruce Levine's "Thaddeus Stevens" is the first major biography of The Great Commoner in nearly a quarter century.

Published 3/3/2021

PALENCIA: 'On Rising Ground' (2021)

By: George C. Rable Category: Book Reviews

"On Rising Ground" is a well-researched, well-written, and always empathetic account of a very ordinary soldier and his family.

Published 2/24/2021

SEIDULE: Robert E. Lee and Me (2021)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

An effective antidote to the Lost Cause, Ty Seidule's "Robert E. Lee and Me" deserves both a wide readership and a place on undergraduate syllabi.

Published 2/17/2021

MUELLER: Ambitious Honor (2020)

By: Aaron David Hyams Category: Book Reviews

In "Ambitious Honor," James Mueller has managed to find something new to say about George Armstrong Custer.

Published 2/10/2021

WRIGHT: Bonds of Salvation (2020)

By: Caleb W. Southern Category: Book Reviews

With "Bonds of Salvation," Ben Wright has convincingly demonstrated the importance of religious denominations to the lives of early Americans and the nation as a whole.

Published 2/3/2021

ARRINGTON: The Last Lincoln Republican (2020)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Benjamin T. Arrington's "The Last Lincoln Republican" is a superb new study of Garfield's dark horse race for the Executive Mansion.