Book of the Week


An Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era
by Adam Wesley Dean

"Adam Dean artfully and convincingly reveals the agrarian roots of not only the Republican Party, but all the major conflicts of the Civil War era. Tracing the party's political ideology to a firm belief that progress, prosperity, and civilization arose from the proper management of the nation’s soil, Dean demonstrates that debates over slavery, territorial expansion, and even nature preservation rested on notions of agricultural improvement."
--Lisa Brady, Boise State University
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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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