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Sociology and Politics in Antebellum & Civil War America

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The list author says: "A somewhat eclectic collection of books relating to the American life before and during the Civil War, some that I have read and some that have been recommended to me."
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)
"The author of 'Mothers of Invention' and 'This Republic of Suffering,' Drew Gilpin Faust, is a fantastic writer and wonderful historian."
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
"The classic that has been debated, debunked and defended for over three decades."
The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders
The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders
"A somewhat controversial interpretation of slaveholding in America, directed at challenging the Genovese school of thought. I was not entirely convinced, but it provides some interesting information nonetheless."
The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South
Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South
Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South (Acls History E-Book Project Reprint Series)
Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South (Acls History E-Book Project Reprint Series)
"An in-depth examination of the 'honor culture' of the Antebellum South. In making this list, I unfortunately could not get the cheaper Amazon version onto it. Here's the url: http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Honor-Ethics-Behavior-South/dp/0195325176/ref=pd_ys_iyr14"
The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1890s
The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1890s
"An expansion of Wyatt-Brown's previous work. I found this book, which was published later, to be more readable than 'Southern Honor.'"
The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War (Witness to History)
The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War (Witness to History)
Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility
Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility
"Good companion to Wyatt-Brown's 'Southern Honor' and 'Southern Culture'."
Holt McDougal Library: What They Fought For 1861-1865 Grades 9-12 (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History, Louisia)
Holt McDougal Library: What They Fought For 1861-1865 Grades 9-12 (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History, Louisia)
"A slim book (112 pages) on the motivations of soldiers during the war. James McPherson is one of my favorite historians. I have only included two of his books on this list, but anything he's written is worth reading."
Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution
Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution
"Focuses on Lincoln and his intellectual reaction to the Civil War."
Half Slave and Half Free, Revised Edition: The Roots of Civil War
Half Slave and Half Free, Revised Edition: The Roots of Civil War
"An very good summary of the years leading up to the war, and a good examination of the causes."
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
"Focuses mainly on the transformation in social roles for white women and African Americans in the South, especially in terms of their relation to 'the state.'"
Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War
Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War
"Works as a nice companion to 'Confederate Reckoning' on the subject of enslaved African Americans' position in the Confederacy."
Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children (American Childhoods Series)
Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children (American Childhoods Series)
"Works as a nice companion to 'Confederate Reckoning' on the subject of women (white and black) and families in the Confederacy."
Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War
Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War
"More on gender in the South."
Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad
Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad
"Though it's about one specific escape attempt by slaves in the 1840s, I found that it also provided good background on slavery and society in Maryland and the D.C. area, as well as the American abolitionist movement."
Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery
Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery
The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union
The Inner Civil War: Northern Intellectuals and the Crisis of the Union
Yankee Saints and Southern Sinners
Yankee Saints and Southern Sinners
"I included 'Yankee Saints...' on this list in order to give Wyatt-Brown a chance to talk about Northern culture in addition to his books on the South ('Southern Honor' and 'The Shaping of Southern Culture'). Here he discusses the abolitionist movement and its interpretation of the world, focusing on John Brown and Lewis Tappan and his family."
The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War
The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War
Love and Lust: Private and Amorous Letters of the Civil War
Love and Lust: Private and Amorous Letters of the Civil War
The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta
The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta
"Like 'Escape On the Pearl,' this is another book about a singular historical event that includes interesting background. 'The Bonfire' covers the history of Atlanta specifically and Georgia and the South in general in great detail (the War doesn't even begin until over a hundred pages in)."
Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South (Civil War America)
Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South (Civil War America)
"About how the South tried to secede from the Union culturally as well as politically and territorially."
Editors Make War: Southern Newspapers in the Secession Crisis
Editors Make War: Southern Newspapers in the Secession Crisis
The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865
The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865
"Like 'Confederate Minds,' an interpretation of the war's literary aspect."
Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era)
Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era)
Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual History of the American Civil War (Southern Literary Studies)
Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual History of the American Civil War (Southern Literary Studies)
Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America's Culture of Death
Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America's Culture of Death
"A good companion to 'This Republic of Suffering'"
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
"I have not read this book yet, but I hear it praised constantly. I am familiar with Blight through his lecture series 'The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877.' The series is available for free on iTunes, and I highly recommend it."
Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (Civil War America)
Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (Civil War America)
"Covers a pretty wide range of topics, both social and military. Includes Drew Gilpin Faust ('Mothers of Invention' & 'This Republic of Suffering'), James McPherson ('What They Fought For' & 'Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution') and Stephanie McCurry ('Confederate Reckoning')."
What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction
The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction
Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century American South
Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century American South
"An aspect of society not directly related to the War. I read this as part of a study of 19th century criminal policy in general in Britain and America - see 'Penitentiaries, Reformatories, and Chain Gangs: Social Theory and the History of Punishment in Nineteenth Century America' by Mark Colvin (not on this list) for a look at this subject in the North."