Randall M. Miller

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Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

At a time when definitions of citizenship and civil rights are again under assault, Masur’s careful accounting of the ways Americans came to understand such terms provides an informed perspective to appreciate that such concepts never were, and thus never are, self-evident. They require due diligence and vigilance to secure and sustain at all levels of government. An essential book.

A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era

Lang’s tour de force is a compelling and essential read. He shows how Americans’ self-anointed claim of exceptionalism was, and is, premised on a supposed consensus on liberty’s meaning that never was and perhaps will never be. Vital reading for all.
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The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

Sometimes argumentative but always insightful, this study of Sherman ranks among the best renderings of the man and the conduct of the Civil War, and will help readers reconsider Sherman's character and the discipline necessary to succeed in war.

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The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed

While the authors offer no new information or interpretation of Lincoln’s preinaugural journey, which is better related in Ted Widmer’s Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, the instructive accounting of the mentality, movements, and means of Pinkerton and his agents makes for a revealing look inside the world of secessionist fanaticism.
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Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy

This work speaks to the internal tensions within party organizations, the blinding force of ambition, and the ways distrust of democratic processes and institutions can destroy democracy itself. In that, it is a book for our time.
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Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

Whether seasoned Lincoln scholars or interested general readers, all who pick up this book will learn much by going along for the ride with Widmer.

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River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It

This important collection documents the experiences of formerly enslaved people and exposes readers to the difficult truths of American history. An eye-opening record and exploration of how the past informs our present.
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Every Drop of Blood: Hatred and Healing at Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

Although Achorn doesn’t offer new interpretations of Lincoln or his speech, he does, however, provide the fullest accounting of the inauguration experience. A solid history that will allow readers to feel as if they are in the moment.

When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War

A new perspective on the Civil War. All will appreciate the gripping accounts of partisanship, political ambition, civil disobedience, and the creative ways that radicals used print and speech to persuade Americans to understand and accept the necessity of emancipation and the importance of equal rights.

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