Timothy William Waters— Why Remembering the Civil War Matters: Talking about Belonging in America How we remember the Civil War matters for thinking about our increasingly fragile union today—how we talk about identity, belonging, and leaving. The war seems to offer an obvious moral model. But that solution dissolves when
Timothy William Waters— What We (Mis-)Remember about Our Reasons for Fighting America is now so polarized that serious people wonder if the country will hold together. The Atlantic devoted its December issue to “How to Stop a Civil War”—and the Atlantic, founded in 1857, covered the actual Civil War. As
David Armitage— War is hell, the U.S. Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman is supposed to have said, but surely the only thing worse is civil war. On that fact, there has been general agreement across the centuries. Internal wars are felt to be more destructive than ones against external
Christopher Grasso— They called him “The Hero of the Southwest.” John R. Kelso, an officer in the Missouri State Militia cavalry, gained regional fame during the Civil War for battling Southern guerrillas, and stories about his bravery and daring spread. Friend and foe alike marveled at what one reporter called
Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we celebrate Bloomsday, analyze assumptions about Iraq, and correct misconceptions
For the third year running, the Yale Press Log is covering American History in November, bringing you books and news from scholars and writers invested in the telling of our nation’s past; their aim most often to better illuminate lessons for our future and reconsider lost truths for our present.
On this day 140 years ago, Georgia became the final Confederate state to be readmitted to Congress during Reconstruction. In the years prior to their readmission in 1870, the state had improved both their agricultural and manufacturing efforts from the economic troubles caused by the Civil War. These and other
Episode 4 of the Yale Press Podcast is now available. In the latest episode, host Chris Gondek speaks with (1) Hugh Brogan about the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, (2) Heather Cox Richardson about the reconstruction of America after the Civil War, (3) Allen Dwight Callahan about the relationship of