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. […]

Excerpt: War on the Waters, by James M. McPherson

McPherson discusses the blockade on the Confederacy and how if affected the definition of the Confederacy as insurrectionist or a legitimate nation. […]

Meet McPherson, Cecelski, and Simpson at events this fall

Our Civil War authors are hitting the road this fall, and there are lots of opportunities for you to catch up with them at events all across the U.S. in the next few months. […]

New Books Coming Fall 2012

New books by James McPherson, David Cecelski, and Bland Simpson, plus new paperbacks by George Rable and Judith Giesberg to be published in fall 2012. […]