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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Glenn David Brasher: Top 10 Events in Civil War History, 2014

A year’s end always brings multiple “Top Ten” lists. The community of Civil War enthusiasts often create lists of the best books. Last year for fun, I humbly offered my own ranking, which was not limited to books. Because of positive feedback, I’ve decided to do it again! Here in carefully considered descending order is my second annual top ten list of “events” in Civil War history. […]

Glenn David Brasher: Top 10 Events in Civil War History, 2013

A year’s end always brings multiple “Top Ten” lists. The community of Civil War enthusiasts is not immune to the practice, usually creating lists of the best books. For fun, I humbly offer my own rankings, but they are not limited to books. Here in descending order are my top ten “events” in Civil War history for 2013. […]

Glenn David Brasher on Preserving the Battleground at Williamsburg

When rumors of “development” encroach upon areas with rich historical backgrounds, they most likely will find a wall of resistance waiting. This is the current situation in the Virginia Peninsula, where the site of the Battle of Williamsburg is now vulnerable to such an unfortunate fate. […]

Glenn David Brasher: Historians’ Approach to “Lincoln”

At the Civil War Monitor, historian Glenn David Brasher reviews Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln and argues that the film should be judged based on what it was meant to be, not what historians would like to see. […]

Video: Glenn David Brasher talks to the Civil War Monitor

Glenn David Brasher, author of “The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation,” talks to the Civil War Monitor about the important role of African Americans in the strategy and tactics of the Civil War. […]