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Illusions of Emancipation

by Joseph P. Reidy The University of North Carolina Press (January 15, 2019)

As students of the Civil War have long known, emancipation was not merely a product of Lincoln's proclamation or of Confederate defeat in April 1865. It was a process that required more than legal or military...


The War for the Common Soldier

by Peter S. Carmichael The University of North Carolina Press (November 02, 2018)

How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael's sweeping new study of men at war. Based on close...


Blue and Gray Diplomacy

by Howard Jones The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2010)

In this examination of Union and Confederate foreign relations during the Civil War from both European and American perspectives, Howard Jones demonstrates that the consequences of the conflict between North...


Disunion!

by Elizabeth R. Varon The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2008)

In the decades of the early republic, Americans debating the fate of slavery often invoked the specter of disunion to frighten their opponents. As Elizabeth Varon shows, "disunion" connoted the dissolution of...


War on the Waters

by James M. Mcpherson The University of North Carolina Press (September 17, 2012)

Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In...


The Civil War in the West

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (March 12, 2012)

The Western theater of the Civil War, rich in agricultural resources and manpower and home to a large number of slaves, stretched 600 miles north to south and 450 miles east to west from the Appalachians to...


God's Almost Chosen Peoples

by George C. Rable The University of North Carolina Press (November 29, 2010)

Throughout the Civil War, soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict saw the hand of God in the terrible events of the day, but the standard narratives of the period pay scant attention to religion....


Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation

by Mark E. Neely Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (November 21, 2011)

The Civil War placed the U.S. Constitution under unprecedented--and, to this day, still unmatched--strain. In Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mark Neely examines for the...


Remembering the Civil War

by Caroline E. Janney The University of North Carolina Press (June 03, 2013)

As early as 1865, survivors of the Civil War were acutely aware that people were purposefully shaping what would be remembered about the war and what would be omitted from the historical record. In Remembering...


At the Precipice

by Shearer Davis Bowman The University of North Carolina Press (October 04, 2010)

Why did eleven slave states secede from the Union in 1860-61? Why did the eighteen free states loyal to the Union deny the legitimacy of secession, and take concrete steps after Fort Sumter to subdue what President...


With Malice toward Some

by William A. Blair The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2014)

Few issues created greater consensus among Civil War-era northerners than the belief that the secessionists had committed treason. But as William A. Blair shows in this engaging history, the way politicians,...


The Ordeal of the Reunion

by Mark Wahlgren Summers The University of North Carolina Press (October 27, 2014)

For a generation, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has rightly focused on the struggles of the recently emancipated for a meaningful freedom and defined its success or failure largely in those terms. In...