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: Kate Masur at AHA 2013

The History News Network is on the ground at the American Historical Association annual meeting, underway now in New Orleans. They shared the following video of Kate Masur’s presentation of a paper entitled “Fugitive Slaves, Military Intelligence, and Civil Rights before the Emancipation Proclamation” at a panel session called The Emancipation Proclamation at 150: Dynamics, Contexts, and Legacies, held January 3, 2013.

Masur is author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C.

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