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Civil War Period (1850-1877)

  • 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...

  • American Slaveryby Heather Andrea Williams

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 7.99

    Europeans, Africans, and American Indians practiced slavery long before the first purchase of a captive African by a white land-owner in the American colonies; that, however, is the image of slavery most prevalent in the minds of Americans today. This Very Short Introduction begins with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s and traces the... more...

  • Seeking Truthby Jamie C. Kassler

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 144.95

    In the early 1690s, Roger North’s search for truth and the knowledge of human nature was interrupted by three events: his reading of Newton’s books on mechanics and optics; his correspondence with the Norfolk clergyman Samuel Clarke; and his reading and response to Clarke’s new publication on the philosophy of the Godhead. Kassler details... more...

  • Failing Our Veteransby Mark Boulton

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 73.50

    The original 1944 G.I. Bill holds a special place in the American imagination. In popular mythology, it stands as the capstone of the Greatest Generation narrative of World War II, a fitting reward for the nation’s heroes. Given the almost universal acclaim afforded the bill, future generations of warriors might well have expected to receive similar... more...

  • A Transplanted Chicagoby Robert E. Gutsche

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 40.00

    This book looks at the movement of urban blacks into small-city America through the experience of Iowa City, a town desperately trying to redefine itself. As Chicago's urban poor have moved deeper into the Midwest, pressing questions have plagued smaller communities for decades: Why are people from Chicago coming here? By answering this question,... more...

  • Philadelphia Quakers and the Antislavery Movementby Brian Temple

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 39.95

    The Quakers came to America in the 17th century to seek religious freedom. After years of struggle, they achieved success in various endeavors and, like many wealthy colonists of the time, bought and sold slaves. But a movement to remove slavery from their midst, sparked by their religious beliefs, grew until they renounced the slave trade and freed... more...

  • Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United Statesby Michael E. Woods

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 72.00

    This book explores how specific emotions shaped Americans' perceptions of, and responses to, the sectional conflict over slavery in the United States. more...

  • Cultivating Success in the Southby Louis A. Ferleger; John D. Metz

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 72.00

    Explores changes in rural households of the Georgia Piedmont through the material culture of farmers as they transitioned from self-sufficiency to market dependence. more...

  • America Writes Its History, 1650-1850by Jude M. Pfister

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 35.00

    By turns irreverent, sympathetic and amusing, America Writes Its History, 1650-1850 adds to the public discourse on national identity as advanced through the written word. Highlighting the contributions of American writers who focused on history, the author shows that for nearly 200 years writers struggled to reflect, or influence, the public perception... more...

  • Masters of their Craftby Shirley Rose Evans

    The Lutterworth Press 2014; US$ 39.76

    In this informative and charming volume, Shirley Evans explores the lives of two of the most prominent designers of the nineteenth century; designers who have left their distinctive mark on buildings and gardens throughout the British Isles. William Andrews Nesfield and Eden Nesfield, father and son, were infatuated with the beauty and romance of the... more...