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Civil War Period (1850-1877)

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  • Freedom's Promiseby Elizabeth Regosin

    University of Virginia Press 2002; US$ 23.50

    Emancipation and the citizenship that followed conferred upon former slaves the right to create family relationships that were sanctioned, recognized, and regulated by the laws that governed the families of all American citizens. Elizabeth Regosin explores what the acquisition of this legal familial status meant to former slaves, personally, socially,... more...

  • The Struggle for Equalityby Orville Vernon Burton; Jerald Podair; Jennifer L. Weber

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 49.50

    This collection of essays, organized around the theme of the struggle for equality in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, also serves to honor the renowned Civil War historian James McPherson. Complete with a brief interview with the celebrated scholar, this volume reflects the best aspects of McPherson’s work, while... more...

  • Worth a Dozen Menby Libra R. Hilde

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 29.50

    In antebellum society, women were regarded as ideal nurses because of their sympathetic natures. However, they were expected to exercise their talents only in the home; nursing strange men in hospitals was considered inappropriate, if not indecent. Nevertheless, in defiance of tradition, Confederate women set up hospitals early in the Civil War and... more...

  • Reconstructing the Campusby Michael David Cohen

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 49.50

    The Civil War transformed American life. Not only did thousands of men die on battlefields and millions of slaves become free; cultural institutions reshaped themselves in the context of the war and its aftermath. The first book to examine the Civil War’s immediate and long-term impact on higher education, Reconstructing the Campus begins by tracing... more...

  • Marching Mastersby Colin Edward Woodward

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 39.50

    The Confederate army went to war to defend a nation of slaveholding states, and although men rushed to recruiting stations for many reasons, they understood that the fundamental political issue at stake in the conflict was the future of slavery. Most Confederate soldiers were not slaveholders themselves, but they were products of the largest and... more...

  • The Five Forks Campaign and the Fall of Petersburg: March 29 - April 1, 1865by Edwin C. Bearss; Bryce Suderow

    Savas Beatie 2014; US$ 4.99

    The wide-ranging and largely ignored operations around Petersburg, Virginia, were the longest and most extensive of the entire Civil War. The fighting began in June of 1864, when advance elements from the Union Army of the Potomac crossed the James River and botched a series of attacks against a thinlydefended city. The fighting ended nine long months... more...

  • Up From Slaveryby Booker T. Washington

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 1.99

    Named one of the best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by Modern Library, Up from Slavery is the poignant telling, in plain language, of Booker T. Washington’s rise from slavery to become a preeminent advocate for civil rights of his time. Although Up from Slavery was initially criticized by African-American leaders for Washington’s... more...

  • Fury on the Bliss Farm at Gettysburgby John M. Archer

    Savas Publishing 2014; US$ 14.99

    The odd grassy mound between the long ridges south of Gettysburg might arouse the curiosity of a visitor, but the site of the Bliss Farm lies hundreds of yards from modern tour routs. Certainly, more infamous sites on the battlefield vie for one’s attention, and the struggle fro this once prosperous homestead is easily overlooked. Yet, on July... more...

  • Slavery and War in the Americasby Vitor Izecksohn

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    In this pathbreaking new work, Vitor Izecksohn attempts to shed new light on the American Civil War by comparing it to a strikingly similar campaign in South America--the War of the Triple Alliance of 1864-70, which galvanized four countries and became the longest large-scale international conflict in the history of the Americas. Like the Union in... more...

  • Designing Dixieby Reiko Hillyer

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    Although many white southerners chose to memorialize the Lost Cause in the aftermath of the Civil War, boosters, entrepreneurs, and architects in southern cities believed that economic development, rather than nostalgia, would foster reconciliation between North and South. In Designing Dixie, Reiko Hillyer shows how these boosters crafted distinctive... more...