The south’s large population of slaveless whites almost universally supported the basic interests of plantation owners, despite the huge wealth gap that separated them. Millions of black people had gained their freedom, losing not only their slaves but their political power, their worldview, many poorer whites had ceased following their wealthy neighbors, and plantation owners were brought to their knees, their very way of life.
For readers whose civil war bibliography runs to standard works by Bruce Catton and James McPherson, Bruce Levine’s book offers fresh insights. The wall street journal “more poignantly than any book before, The Fall of the House of Dixie shows how deeply intertwined the Confederacy was with slavery, and how the destruction of both made possible a ‘second American revolution’ as far-reaching as the first.
David W. Told through the words of the people who lived it, the Fall of the House of Dixie illuminates the way a war undertaken to preserve the status quo became a second American Revolution whose impact on the country was as strong and lasting as that of our first. Brilliantly argued and engrossing, the fall of the house of Dixie is a sweeping account of the destruction of the old South during the Civil War, offering a fresh perspective on the most colossal struggle in our history and the new world it brought into being.
Praise for the fall of the house of Dixie “This is the Civil War as it is seldom seen. As vivid as any that has been written.
Reconstruction Updated Edition: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-18 Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Reconstruction chronicles the way in which Americans—black and white—responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. It addresses the ways in which the emancipated slaves' quest for economic autonomy and equal citizenship shaped the political agenda of Reconstruction; the remodeling of Southern society and the place of planters, and small farmers within it; the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations; and the emergence of a national state possessing vastly expanded authority and committed, for a time, merchants, to the principle of equal rights for all Americans.
This "smart book of enormous strengths" Boston Globe remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today. From the "preeminent historian of reconstruction" New York Times Book Review, the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.
Eric foner's "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" New Republic redefined how the post-Civil War period was viewed.
Black Reconstruction in America The Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880
Du bois was a public intellectual, sociologist, and activist on behalf of the African American community. With a series introduction by editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And an introduction by david Levering Lewis, this edition is essential for anyone interested in African American history. Du bois was also a prolific author of novels, innumerable editorials and journalistic pieces, autobiographical accounts, and several works of history.
Black reconstruction in america tells and interprets the story of the twenty years of Reconstruction from the point of view of newly liberated African Americans. W. B. Though lambasted by critics at the time of its publication in 1935, Black Reconstruction has only grown in historical and literary importance.
Du bois's sociological and historical research on African-American communities and culture broke ground in many areas, including the history of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Its greatest achievement is weaving a credible, lyrical historical narrative of the hostile and politically fraught years of 1860-1880 with a powerful critical analysis of the harmful effects of democracy, including Jim Crow laws and other injustices.
E. In the 1960s it joined the canon of the most influential revisionist historical works. He profoundly shaped black political culture in the United States through his founding role in the NAACP, as well as internationally through the Pan-African movement.
The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 Oxford History of the United States
Life spans were shorter, and physical well-being had diminished, due to disease and hazardous working conditions. Independent producers had become wage earners. The "dangerous" classes of the very rich and poor expanded, racial, and deep differences -- ethnic, religious, economic, and political -- divided society.
Thirty years later Americans occupied an unimagined world. The country was larger, richer, and more extensive, but also more diverse. The south and west were to be reconstructed in the image of the North. The oxford history of the United States is the most respected multivolume history of the American nation.
In the newest volume in the series, the republic for Which It Stands, acclaimed historian Richard White offers a fresh and integrated interpretation of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age as the seedbed of modern America. At the end of the civil war the leaders and citizens of the victorious North envisioned the country's future as a free-labor republic, with a homogenous citizenry, both black and white.
The unity that the Civil War supposedly secured had proved ephemeral. The corruption that gave the Gilded Age its name was pervasive. These challenges also brought vigorous efforts to secure economic, moral, and cultural reforms. The country was catholic and Jewish as well as Protestant, and increasingly urban and industrial.
Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal--The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War
And losses were heavy. A sweeping narrative history--the first in over twenty years--of america's first major offensive of world War II, avatars of bayonet combat--close-up, personal, inculcated with the bushido tradition of death before dishonor, and pilots struggled for dominance against an implacable enemy: Japanese soldiers, no-quarter-given campaign to take Japanese-occupied GuadalcanalFrom early August until mid-November of 1942, the brutal, sailors, US Marines, and gruesome.
The glittering prize was Henderson Airfield. Guadalcanal was america's first major ground victory against Japan and, most importantly, the Pacific War's turning point. Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with Marine Corps and Army archives and oral histories, soldiers, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual Marines, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history.
Japan's losses on the island were equally devastating--starving Japanese soldiers called it "the island of death. But when the attritional struggle ended, American Marines, sailors, and airmen had halted the Japanese juggernaut that for five years had whirled through Asia and the Pacific. On land, 500 soldiers and marines died, more than 1, and the air war claimed more than 500 US planes.
So did the Marines who stubbornly defended it. The outcome of the long slugfest remained in doubt under the pressure of repeated Japanese air, land, and sea operations. At sea, the us navy fought the imperial japanese Navy to a draw, in a half-dozen fiery combats, but at a cost of more than 4, 500 sailors.
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
As historian Edward E. In the span of a single lifetime, the south grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Told through intimate slave narratives, and the words of politicians, and escaped slaves, entrepreneurs, plantation records, newspapers, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.
Bloomberg view top ten nonfiction books of 2014Daily Beast Best Nonfiction Books of 2014Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Baptist reveals in the prizewinning the half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.
But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. A groundbreaking, must-read history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of slavesAmericans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution -- the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success.
Craven prize from the organization of American HistoriansWinner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize.
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
A masterwork by the preeminent historian of the Civil War era. Boston globeselected as a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance.
Lincoln's greatness emerges from his capacity for moral and political growth. We see lincoln, a pragmatic politician grounded in principle, deftly navigating the dynamic politics of antislavery, secession, and civil war.
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 Oxford History of the United States Book 5
In his story, the author weaves together political and military events with social, economic, and cultural history. In this pulitzer prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the Pacific and won control over the richest part of the North American continent.
A panoramic narrative, what Hath God Wrought portrays revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated the extension of the American empire. Howe's story of american expansion culminates in the bitterly controversial but brilliantly executed war waged against Mexico to gain California and Texas for the United States.
Winner of the new-york historical society american history book prizefinalist, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for NonfictionThe Oxford History of the United StatesThe Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. Kennedy, this renowned series blends social, diplomatic, political, economic, cultural, and military history into coherent and vividly written narrative.
These innovations prompted the emergence of mass political parties and stimulated America's economic development from an overwhelmingly rural country to a diversified economy in which commerce and industry took their place alongside agriculture. The atlantic monthly has praised it as "the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship, " a series that "synthesizes a generation's worth of historical inquiry and knowledge into one literally state-of-the-art book.
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Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked "a new birth of freedom" in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr. S america? in this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Seeks to answer that question in a history that moves from the Reconstruction Era to the "nadir" of the African-American experience under Jim Crow, one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, through to World War I and the Harlem Renaissance.
The retreat from reconstruction was followed by one of the most violent periods in our history, with thousands of black people murdered or lynched and many more afflicted by the degrading impositions of Jim Crow segregation. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, and public intellectual, filmmaker, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age.
The story gates tells begins with great hope, with the Emancipation Proclamation, Union victory, and the liberation of nearly 4 million enslaved African-Americans. E. B. As sobering as this tale is, it also has within it the inspiration that comes with encountering the hopes our ancestors advanced against the longest odds.
Wells fought to create a counter-narrative, and culture, inside the lion's mouth.
The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy
Similarly, a cold, hard look at Stonewall Jackson soon exposes him as far less than the demigod that others would have us believe. Largely ignored by historians until recently, the lack of appreciation for its scale does not make the level of its destruction any less real. Davis here offers us stimulating essays full of provocative opinions.
Davis is an american historian and former Professor of History who specialises in the Civil War and Southern States. William C. Will provoke plenty of healthy debate. Blue & gray magazine“A fine analysis of the way in which myth-making can distort history. Kirkus ReviewsWilliam C. Davis’ collection of essays, written over twenty years, unveils the truth from underneath the façade of the history books and explores the impact of dispelling those myths on our understanding of the entire Confederate story.
Praise for William C. Davis“a wonderful book, written by a man with full command of, and great love for, his subject. A prolific writer, he has written or edited more than forty works on the subject and is four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award. Davis grasps the war in its totality, decently and respectfully.
He does not so much demolish myths as clarify and nuance them.
Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story--The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company
The photographer snapped his picture, which became the iconic Korean War image featured on this book's jacket. This small band of men-a colorful cast of characters, a southern boy from tennessee at odds with a Northern blue-blood reporter-turned-Marine, including a Native American fighting to earn his honor as a warrior, and a pair of twins who exemplified to the group the true meaning of brotherhood-were mostly green troops who had been rushed through training to fill America's urgent need on the Korean front.
They didn't realize it then, but they were soon to become crucial to the battle-modern-day Spartans called upon to hold off ten times their number. For many men of george company, or "bloody george" as they were known-one of the Forgotten War's most decorated yet unrecognized companies-it was a wish that would not come true.
After storming ashore at inchon and fighting house-to-house in Seoul, one of America's last units in reserve, George Company, found itself on the frozen tundra of the Chosin Reservoir facing elements of an entire division of Chinese troops. Give me tomorrow, " he said at last. After nearly four months of continuous and agonizing combat on the battlefields of Korea, such a simple request seemed impossible.
This is the untold story of "bloody George, " a Marine company formed quickly to answer its nation's call to duty in 1950 The marine gaped at his interviewer.