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The Slaves’ Gamble by Gene Allen Smith

The Slaves’ Gamble by Gene Allen Smith ———————————- Why would slaves fight for the United States, a nation that kept them in bondage, during the War of 1812? Why did free blacks join with the British or with the Spanish, … Continue reading

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The Patriot War – Part 1 of a series

This year is the 175th anniversary of the start of the Patriot War, a war that most people never heard of. It is the war in which citizens of the United States, not their government, declared war on the British. … Continue reading

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The Civil War: A Concise History

The Civil War: A Concise History Louis P. Masur Hardback, 136 pages From the Publisher: Louis P. Masur’s The Civil War: A Concise History offers a masterful and eminently readable overview of the war’s multiple causes and catastrophic effects. Masur … Continue reading

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George Washington’s First War: His Early Military Adventures

George Washington’s First War: His Early Military Adventures, David A. Clary; Simon & Schuster; 352 p. George Washington was a brash, self-confident, driven, and often daring and dashing young man, he was also at times indecisive and prone to make … Continue reading

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The Tea Party and the Founding Fathers

Gordon S. Wood wrote a scathing review of Jill Lepore’s The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, a book which I heard about last year but have yet to read (I have … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly & NewSouth Books To Censor Mark Twain

According to this news story, Publishers Weekly NewSouth Books will be censoring their upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by removing all instances of the N-word and replace it with “slave.” According to this search result, … Continue reading

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Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier [Pauline Maier is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1968] In 1997 Alfred A. Knopf published Maier’s American Scripture: … Continue reading

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Deliver Us from This Cruel War: The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Joseph J. Hoyle, 55th North Carolina Infantry

[Cross posted over at my other site, Soldier Studies.org] Deliver Us from This Cruel War: The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Joseph J. Hoyle, 55th North Carolina Infantry Front Cover BY: Joseph J. Hoyle, Jeffrey M. Girvan Title: Deliver Us … Continue reading

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New Book Acquisitions

Numerous books have come my way, including several from McFarland which is always appreciated. Head Shot: The Science Behind the JFK Assassination Author: G. Paul Chambers Binding: Hardcover 260 pages (illustrations) ISBN: 978-1-61614-209-4 Author joins a crowded study area concerning … Continue reading

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America the Story of US by the History Channel

America The Story of Us is a series (12 hours) of docudramas that aired over six days on the History Channel last year. The national educational initiative covers the 400 years of American history. I asked for and received a … Continue reading

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