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John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen Hood

John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen “Sam” Hood (2013) Stephen “Sam” Hood has devoted a book to footnotes. Now before you dismiss it out of hand, footnotes in history, as in law, … Continue reading

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Remembering the Battle of The Crater: War as Murder by Kevin Levin

Remembering the Battle of The Crater: War as Murder by Kevin Levin published by University of Kentucky Press (2012). I purchased this volume with some trepidation. Its author, Kevin Levin, is not just a historian and an educator, he is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Django Unchained

I’ve always mistrusted the American devotion to redemption through retributive violence. I don’t believe that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun take him out in slow … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Lincoln

All my writing 0n Lincoln is indexed here. Modern America only began when slavery died. Lincoln, more than any other popular film ever, puts the old Jeffersonian America of unbridled racism and African American enslavement on display as it endured … Continue reading

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The Protestant Crusade 1800-1860 by Ray Allen Billington

The Protestant Crusade 1800-1860: A Study of the Origins of American Nativism by Ray Allen Billington published by Quadrangle Paperbacks (1938) The classic work on the intellectual, if that is the word, origins of the anti-immigrant movement is more than … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) Uncle Tom’s Cabin has long been in the running for the title of Most Famous American Novel That No One Reads Anymore. My mom read it in high school, but by the … Continue reading

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Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson published by Oxford University Press (1988) My favorite history of the Civil War is Allen Nevins’ Ordeal of the Union, an epic masterpiece even if it is a bit dated. Unfortunately, at eight … Continue reading

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