Category Archives: American Civil War

Book Review: The Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass

The Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass This is the third and longest of the autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and it raises some interesting questions for the reader. Like Leaves of Grass, Whitman’s sprawling poetic opus, this … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Course: Turning Points In American History

Great Courses: Turning Points In American History, by Professor Edward T. O’Donnell This is a course that I wanted to like more than I actually did. That isn’t to say that this is a terrible course, but considering that it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Generations Of Captivity

Generations Of Captivity: A History Of African-American Slaves, by Ira Berlin In reading this book I was reminded of my experiences in reading about the perspectives of other people about me that I knew to be very inaccurate but which … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Emancipation

The Long Emancipation: The Demise Of Slavery In The United States, by Ira Berlin This is a short book, and that is probably for the best, as it gets itself tied into knots regarding what it means concerning emancipation that … Continue reading

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Book Review: If I Survive

If I Survive: Frederick Douglass And Family In The Walter O. Evans Collection, edited by Celeste-Marie Bernie and Andrew Taylor I found this book deeply frustrating to read. In the midst of this staggering collection of manuscripts included in facsimile … Continue reading

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Book Review: Free At Last: A Documentary History Of Slavery, Freedom, And The Civil War

Free At Last: A Documentary History Of Slavery, Freedom, And The Civil War, edited by Ira Berlin, Barbara J. Fields, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, And Leslie S. Rowland This was a fascinating book, and reading this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Remembering Slavery

Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences Of Slavery And Emancipation, edited by Ira Berlin, Mark Favreau, and Steven F. Miller During the 1930’s, an act of oral historiography was undertaken in which a variety of researchers were … Continue reading

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Book Review: Specimen Days And Collect

Specimen Days And Collect, by Walt Whitman This book is a strange one. It is not a bad one by any means, and there are certainly some aspects of it that are reasonably pleasant and enjoyable to read, but it … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Diary From Dixie

A Diary From Dixie, by Mary Chesnut This is an interesting diary.  Like many Civil War diaries, it was revised during the postwar period, and there is a moment towards the end of the diary when the author thinks about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walt Whitman’s Memoranda During The War

Walt Whitman’s Memoranda During The War:  Written On The Spot 1863-65, edited by Peter Coviello This book made me feel very uncomfortable as a reader.  That does not make it a bad book but there are plenty of reasons why … Continue reading

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