TNC’s ACW: Books/club

Updated through June 22, 2015

The Effete Liberal Book Club postings are listed in chronological order, followed by a list of books and articles mentioned by TNC in his Civil War posts.

And while I don’t included any suggestions from the threads themselves, if you have suggestions, I’ll go ahead and add ’em.

James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom a.k.a. Effete Liberal Book Club, um, book club:

EFBC: Daniel Howe, What God Hath Wrought

EFBC: Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over


Eric Foner, Reconstruction

ELBC: Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul (& others) [led by Sandy Young]

Books for the Horde: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow [led by Kathleen (michigan_reader)]

Primary sources

Books/articles mentioned:

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
  • Margaret Anderson, “The Making of Modern Europe 1453 to Present” [webcast]
  • Terry Anderson, The Pursuit of Fairness
  • Anne Applebaum, The Iron Curtain
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility | Pride and Prejudice
  • James Baldwin, “On Being White. . . and Other Lies”
  • Baylor University War of Rebellion Atlas
  • Anthony Beevor, The Second World War
  • Ira Berlin, Mark Favreau, Steven F. Miller, eds., Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom
  • Mary Francis Berry,  My Face Is Black Is True
  • Henry Bibb, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave
  • Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America
  • Allison Blakely, Blacks in the Dutch World
  • Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name
  • David Blight, on the Civil War [webcasts] | A Slave No More | American Oracle
  • Fergus Bordewich, Bound For Canaan: The Epic Story of The Underground Railroad
  • Shearer Davis Bowman, Masters & Lords: Mid 19th-Century U.S. Planters and Prussian Junkers
  • HW Brands, What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy
  • John Brown, Slave Life in Georgia
  • Mary Cathryn Cain, “The Art and Politics of Looking White: Beauty Practices among White Women in Antebellum America”
  • Ann Short Chirhart and Betty Wood, eds., Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times
  • Chris Claremont, X-Men: Inferno
  • Melvin Claxton and Mark Puls, Uncommon Valor
  • Robert Conot, American Odyssey
  • R. Randall Couch, “The Public Masked Balls of New Orleans: A Custom of Masque outside the Mardi Gras Tradition.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 403-431.
  • H.W. Crocker, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War
  • William Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis
  • William “Sandy” Darity Jr (economics and race)
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of the Species
  • James M. Davidson, “Encountering the Ex-Slave Reparations Movement From the Grave.
  • Clara Davis, Aunt Clara Davis is homesick for old scenes
  • Sen. Tom Davis (R-SC), on the Charleston murders and the confederate flag, 6.22.15
  • Dominique de Menil, The Image of the Black in Western Art
  • Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunity (Appendix)
  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • William Dobak, Freedom By The Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops 1862-1867
  • David Herbert Donald, Lincoln
  • Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass | The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
  • St. Clair Drake, Black Folk Here And There | Black Metropolis
  • Philip Dray,  At the Hands of Persons Unknown | Capitol Men
  • Benjamin Drew, A Northside View of Slavery
  • Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World
  • Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
  • Lisa E. Farrington, Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists 
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, Mothers of Invention | The Republic of Suffering | Southern Stories
  • Federal Writers Project, Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives
  • Michael Fellman, ‘A White Man’s War’
  • Barbara Fields & Karen Fields, Racecraft
  • George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All!
  • Eric Foner, Nat Turner | Reconstruction | A Short History of Reconstruction | The Fiery Trial | Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men
  • Philip S. Foner and Yuval Taylor, Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings
  • Shelby Foote, The Civil War: A Narrative (3 vols)
  • Freedman & Southern Society Project
  • William W. Freehling, The Road to Disunion (2 vols)
  • Douglas Southall Freeman, R.E. Lee
  • David French, Don’t tear down the Confederate Battle Flag, National Review, 6.19.15
  • Gary Gallagher, The Union War
  • Eugene Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness
  • Paula Giddings, Ida: A Sword Among Lions | When and Where I Enter
  • Valerius Cincinnatus Giles, Rags and Hope
  • Newt Gingrich, The Battle Of The Crater
  • Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals
  • Ulysses S Grant, The Personal Memoirs of US Grant | Selected Letters
  • Herb Gutman, The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom
  • Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet
  • Louis Harlan, Booker T Washington
  • Robert Hayden, “Middle Passage” [poem]
  • John Hershey, Hiroshima
  • Arnold Hirsch, Making the Second Ghetto
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolution
  • Martha Hodes, White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth Century South
  • Hajo Holborne,  A History of Modern Germany
  • Alistair Horne, A Savage War Of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962
  • Tony Horwitz, “Is Black Confederacy A Historical Truth Or Secession From Fact?” Palm Beach Post (Florida) May 11, 1997, A Section Pg. 15A | Confederates in the Attic | Midnight Rising
  • Daniel Walker Howe, What God Hath Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848
  • Anya Jabour, “Albums of Affection: Female Friendship and Coming of Age in Antebellum Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 107 (1999): 125- 158. | “‘Grown Girls, Highly Cultivated’: Female Education in an Antebellum Southern Family.” Journal of Southern History 64 (1998): 23-64.
  • Kenneth Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier
  • Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia
  • Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul
  • Winthrop Jordan, White Over Black
  • Journal of African-American History v 97, 2012
  • Tony Judt, Postwar
  • Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself
  • Mary Kelly, “Reading Women/Women Reading: The Making of Learned Women in Antebellum America.” Journal of American History 83 (Sep. 1996) 401-424
  • Nelson Lankford, Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital
  • Kate Larsen, Bound for the Promised Land
  • Primo Levis, If This Is A Man
  • Bruce Levine, Confederate Emancipation | The Fall Of The House Of Dixie
  • Robert Lieberman, Shifting the Color Line
  • John Locke, Second Treatise on Government
  • James Loewen & James Sebesta, eds., The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader
  • London Lives 1690-1800 [online archive]
  • Carlos Lozada, “How people convince themselves that the Confederate flag represents freedom, not slavery,” Washington Post 6.19.15
  • Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over
  • Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, American Apartheid
  • Kim Forde-Mazrui, “Taking Conservatives Seriously: A Moral Justification for Affirmative Action and Reparations”, 92 Cal. L. Rev. 683 (2004)
  • Stephenie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning
  • Caleb McDaniel, The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery
  • James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom | This Mighty Scourge | The Negro’s Civil War | Was Blood Thicker Than Water? Ethnic and Civic Nationalism in the Civil War, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Vol. 143, No. 1 (March 1999):102-
  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick
  • John Merriman, European Civilization 1648-1945 [webcast]
  • Robert Middlekauf, The Glorious Cause
  • Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom
  • Robert M. Meyers, The Children of Pride
  • Robert J. Norrell, Up from History: The Life of Booker T Washington
  • James Oakes, The Radical and The Republican
  • Stephen B. Oates, With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln | The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner’s Fierce Rebellion
  • Nell Irvin Painter, A History of White People
  • Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
  • Charles L. Perdue, Thomas E. Barden, Robert K. Phillips, et. al., Weevils In The Wheat: Interviews With Virginia’s Ex-Slaves
  • Louise Piquet, The Octoroon—Or Inside Views of Southern Domestic Life
  • Jeremy D. Popkin, A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution
  • Lydia Minturn Post, ed., Soldier’s Letters from Camp, Battlefield and Prison
  • Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E Lee Through His Private Letters
  • Publius, The Federalist Papers
  • Milo Milton Quaife, ed., From the Cannon’s Mouth: The Civil War Letters of General Alpheus S. Williams
  • Roger L. Ransom, The Economics of the Civil War, EH.Net, 2.1.2010
  • Edwin Redkey, A Grand Army Of Black Men: Letters from African-American Soldiers in the Union Army, 1861-1865
  • [Reparations narrative bibliography]: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • William Z. Ripley, The Races of Europe
  • Timothy Mason Roberts, Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism
  • Nina Hill Robinson, Aunt Rice: The Story of a Faithful Slave
  • Randall Robinson, The Debt
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On The Social Contract
  • Steve Ruggles, The Origins of the African-American Family Structure
  • Kevin Sack, Confederate flag divides GOP in South Carolina, NYTimes, 1.24.97
  • Robert Sampson, Great American City
  • Jonathan Sarna, When Grant Expelled the Jews
  • Beryl Satter, Family Properties
  • Rebecca Scott, on slavery in France (in French)
  • Tom Segev, The Seventh Million
  • Jeff Shaara, The Glorious Cause
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear
  • Nathaniel Shaler, The Negro Problem, Atlantic (1884)
  • Patrick Sharkey, Stuck in Place
  • James J. Sheehan, The Oxford History of Modern Europe: German History 1770-1866
  • Stephen Sears, Gettysburg
  • Richard Slotkin, The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution
  • Jean Edward Smith, Grant
  • Mark M. Smith, The Old South
  • Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands
  • Christine Stansell, The Feminist Promise
  • Margaret M. Storey, Loyalty and Loss: Alabama’s Unionists in the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin | A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Thomas Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis
  • Alan Taylor, American Colonies
  • Susie King Taylor, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops
  • Dean S Thomas, Cannons: An Introduction To Civil War Artillery
  • Robert Thurston, Lynching: American Mob Murder in Global Perspective
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  • Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
  • Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard
  • Noah Andre Trudeau, Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865
  • Ian Tuttle, The ‘Blood-stained banner’ in Charleston, National Review, 6.19.15
  • Twelve Southerners, I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition 
  • Theresa Urbainczysk, Slave Revolts in Antiquity
  • Peter Wallenstein and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, eds., Virginia’s Civil War
  • C.V. Wedgewood, 30 Years War | Velvet Studies
  • Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
  • Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
  • David Williams, A People’s History Of The Civil War
  • William Julius William, The Truly Disadvantaged
  • T. Harry Williams, Lincoln and His Generals
  • Brenda Wineapple, White Heat
  • Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 | The Radicalism of the American Revolution
  • Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States

11 responses

2 07 2013

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