Book of the Week


Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory
by Anne Sarah Rubin

"A valuable exploration of the myriad ways Americans--from Union soldiers to freepeople to white southern women--have struggled to interpret Sherman's March through Georgia and the Carolinas, serving up a provocative assessment of its cultural legacy to the present time."
--Joan Waugh, author of U. S. Grant, American Hero, American Myth
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Graham T. Dozier: A Civil War Tourist in 1861

Much like a modern visitor to a Civil War battlefield, Tom Carter desired not only to know what happened there but also to try and understand the battle’s importance. [...]

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Rod Andrew Jr.: When South Carolina Had Two Governors

Hampton sought to overthrow the corrupt Republican regime in Columbia and promised to protect black civil rights; Chamberlain had tried to bring reform and publicly dismissed Hampton’s promises to black voters. [...]

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Rod Andrew Jr.: Wade Hampton, One of the Last Confederate Generals to Surrender

[This article is crossposted at UNCPressBlog.com.]

We welcome a guest post today from Rod Andrew Jr., author of Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer, which is now available in a new paperback edition. One of the South’s most illustrious military leaders, Wade Hampton III was for a time the commander of all Lee’s cavalry [...]

Excerpt: The Fire of Freedom, by David S. Cecelski

In years to come, he would gain a wider reputation as a moving, eloquent speaker and a fierce debater. But at no time of his life was he a more effective orator than in those first months of freedom on the North Carolina coast. The prodigal ex-slave was always at his best among other former slaves. [...]

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Elizabeth Keckley in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

Spielberg based more than 40 of his characters on historical figures; included in this group is Elizabeth Keckley, an enslaved woman whose 1868 book (Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House) UNC Press and the UNC Library republished last year through the DocSouth Books program. [...]

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