Book of the Week


Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War
by Stephen Cushman
foreword by Gary W. Gallagher

"From the lilt of Lincoln’s language to the barbs of Bierce and the pageantry of Chamberlain, Belligerent Muse takes readers into the complicated literary history of how the war was spun and how a national bloodletting transformed the writing of history and the history of writing in the United States."
--Stephen Berry, University of Georgia
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Video: George Rable’s Lecture on The Civil War as a political crisis

George Rable, professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, spoke on “The Civil War as a Political Crisis,” as part of a series of lectures at Vanderbilt University during the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Rable’s books include God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!, and The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics.

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