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A Southern Moderate In Radical Times: Henry Washington Hilliard, 1808-1892 - David I. Durham

In A Southern Moderate in Radical Times, David I. Durham offers a comprehensive and critical appraisal of one of the South's famous dissenters. Against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods in American history, he explores the ideologi......

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Artisan Workers In The Upper South: Petersburg, Virginia, 1820-1865 - Diane Barnes

Though deeply entrenched in antebellum life, the artisans who lived and worked in Petersburg, Virginia, in the 1800s -- including carpenters, blacksmiths, coach makers, bakers, and other skilled craftsmen -- helped transform their planter-centered......

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Troubled Waters: Steamboat Disasters, River Improvements, And American Public Policy, 1821--1860 - Paul F. Paskoff

In Troubled Waters, Paul F. Paskoff offers a comprehensive examination of the federal government's river improvements program, which aimed to reduce hazards to navigation on the great rivers of America's interior during the early and mid-nineteent......

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Brothers One And All: Esprit De Corps In A Civil War Regiment - Mark H. Dunkelman

During the Civil War, the regiment was the fundamental component of armies both North and South, its reliability and effectiveness crucial to military success. Soldiers' devotion to their regiment -- their esprit de corps -- encouraged unit cohesi......

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The New Orleans Of George Washington Cable: The 1887 Census Office Report

A pioneering local-color writer about Creole New Orleans and a public advocate for black equality in his native South during and after Reconstruction, George Washington Cable (1844--1925) depicted in his writing the clash between American newcomer......

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Planting A Capitalist South: Masters, Merchants, And Manufacturers In The Southern Interior, 1790--1860 - Tom Downey

Planting a Capitalist South effectively challenges the idea that commercial and industrial interests did little to alter the planter-dominated political economy of the Old South. By analyzing the interplay of planters, merchants, and manufacturers......

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Treating The Trauma Of The Great War: Soldiers, Civilians, And Psychiatry In France, 1914-1940 - Gregory M. Thomas

From the outset of World War I, French doctors faced an apparent epidemic of puzzling neurological and psychiatric illnesses among soldiers. As they attempted to understand the causes of these illnesses, doctors organized specialized centers near ......

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Homegrown Yankees: Tennessee's Union Cavalry In The Civil War - James Alex Baggett

Of all the states in the Confederacy, Tennessee was the most sectionally divided. East Tennesseans opposed secession at the ballot box in 1861, petitioned unsuccessfully for separate statehood, resisted the Confederate government, enlisted in Unio......

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Reforging The White Republic: Race, Religion, And American Nationalism, 1865--1898 - Edward J. Blum

During Reconstruction, former abolitionists in the North had a golden opportunity to pursue true racial justice and permanent reform in America. But why, after the sacrifice made by thousands of Civil War patriots to arrive at this juncture, did t......

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Beleaguered Winchester: A Virginia Community At War, 1861--1865 - Richard R. Duncan

During the Civil War, the strategically located town of Winchester, Virginia, suffered from the constant turmoil of military campaigning perhaps more than any other town. Occupied dozens of times by alternating Union and Confederate forces, Winche......

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Winding Through Time: The Forgotten History And Present-day Peril Of Bayou Manchac - Mary Ann Sternberg

Once considered one of the most important waterways in the American southeast and a vital link in a shortcut from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana's Bayou Manchac rests in virtual obscurity today. Few now notice the bayou -- ......

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Invisible Activists: Women Of The Louisiana Naacp And The Struggle For Civil Rights, 1915--1945 - Lee Sartain

Behind the historical accounts of the great men of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People lies the almost forgotten story of the black women who not only participated in the organization but actually helped it thrive in the......

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Cold Harbor: Grant And Lee, May 26--june 3, 1864 - Gordon C. Rhea

In his gripping fourth volume on the spring 1864 Overland campaign -- which pitted Ulysses S. Grant against Robert E. Lee for the first time in the Civil War -- Gordon Rhea vividly re-creates the battles and maneuvers from the North Anna stalemate......

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The South's Tolerable Alien: Roman Catholics In Alabama And Georgia, 1945--1970 - Andrew S. Moore

In The South's Tolerable Alien, Andrew S. Moore probes the role of Catholics in the post--World War II South and argues persuasively that, until the 1960s, religion rivaled race as a boundary separating residents of the Bible Belt. Delving deep in......

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Randall Lee Gibson Of Louisiana: Confederate General And New South Reformer - Mary Gorton Mcbride

Randall Lee Gibson of Louisiana offers the first biography of one of Louisiana's most intriguing nineteenth-century politicians and a founder of Tulane University. Gibson (1832--1892) grew up on his family's sugar plantation in Terrebonne Parish a......

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The New Orleans Of Lafcadio Hearn: Illustrated Sketches From The Daily City Item

Lafcadio Hearn (1850--1904) was a master satirist who displayed a fiery wit both as a writer and as an artist. For seven months in 1880, he surprised and amused the readers of New Orleans with his wood-block "cartoons" and accompanying articles, w......

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Rites Of August First: Emancipation Day In The Black Atlantic World - Jeffrey R. Kerr-ritchie

Thirty years before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the antislavery movement won its first victory in the British Parliament. On August 1, 1834, the Abolition of Slavery Bill took effect, ending colonial slavery throughout the Britis......

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Old Hickory's Nephew: The Political And Private Struggles Of Andrew Jackson Donelson - Mark R. Cheathem

Though remembered largely by history as Andrew Jackson's nephew, Andrew Jackson Donelson was himself a significant figure in nineteenth-century America: a politician, planter, diplomat, newspaper editor, and vice-presidential candidate. His relati......

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