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        Kirkus Review 2011

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America Aflame
offers a major new interpretation
of the Civil War era, not painting the war as a
triumph of freedom, but as America's greatest failure:
the result of a breakdown caused by the infusion
of evangelical religion into the public sphere.
The price of that failure was horrific, but the carnage
accomplished what statesmen could not: It made the
United States one nation and eliminated slavery as a
divisive force in the Union.
A panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s
to the end of Reconstruction and a vivid portrait
of the "fiery trial" that transformed the country
we live in.

Bloomsbury Press

This sweeping account of the South from the
Civil War to the present, contemplates the roots
of southern memory and explains how this
memory has shaped the modern South both for
good and ill. The battle for southern history, and
for the South, continues-in museums, public
spaces, and state legislatures.
Still Fighting the Civil War will help newcomers,
longtime residents, and curious outsiders alike
attain a better understanding of the South and
each other.

LSU Press

Black, White, and Southern
, shows how
the struggles of black southerners to lift
the barriers that had historically
separated them from their white
counterparts not only brought about
the demise of white supremacy but
did so without destroying the South's
unique culture.

LSU Press
American Journey

The American Journey
, a cornerstone series
for the U.S. History market, successfully
blends the coverage of political and social
histories of our great nation throughout
the series. With this focus, the author shows that
our attempt to live up toour American ideals
is an ongoing journey. This journey, while still a
work in progress, is increasingly more inclusive
of different groups and ideas.


America Aflame cover  

Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers
Tracing nearly four centuries of social and economic history, this books shows that the southern city – unlike its northern counterpart – continues to reflect the surrounding region, with its staple=crop agriculture, quasi-colonial economy, biracialism, and dominant rural values of family and religion.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Cottonfileds Skyscrapers
Black, White, Southern
The South for new Southerners

The South often seems like a foreign country to newcomers from other parts of the United States. For anyone who has ever wondered why the style of conducting business in the South is different or why some Southerners are still fighting the Civil War, this book will be a valuable guide. The informative and entertaining essays will help new Southerners understand and appreciate the region and its people, and they will also serve as a refresher course on the South for those who are comfortably settled in.

University of North Carolina Press



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