The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

From the Pulitzer Prize winning historian, an authoritative story of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation s foundation The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional ame

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth (Civil War America)

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army But as Kevin M Levin argues in this carefully researched

Mustard Seed

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home Oberlin, Ohio, 1868 Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth s beloved nurse

Varina

In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a

The Scribe

After leaving Atlanta in disgrace three years before, detective Thomas Canby is called back to the city on the eve of Atlanta s 1881 International Cotton Exposition to partner with Atlanta s first African American police officer, Cyrus Underwood The case they re assigned is chilling a serial murde

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

The true story of Abraham Lincoln s last murder trial, a strange case in which he had a deep personal involvement and which was played out in the nation s newspapers as he began his presidential campaign.At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty two year old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for m

Spying on the South: Travels with Frederick Law Olmsted in a Fractured Land

Beloved best selling author Tony Horwitz retraces Frederick Law Olmsted s epic journey across the American South in the 1850s, as he too searches for common ground in a dangerously riven nation On the eve of the Civil War, an up and coming newspaper, the New York Times, sent a young travel writer t