Category Archives: 19th Century

A Review of Powell’s “The Accidental City” by Madelein Pierron Patrick

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell. Harvard University Press, 2012. Paper, ISBN: 9780674059870. $29.95.  In The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans, Lawrence Powell describes the history of New Orleans, from the personal ambition and political intrigue … Continue reading

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A Review of McCandless’ “Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry” by Benjamin Smith

Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry by Peter McCandless. Cambridge University Press, 2011. Hardback, ISBN: 9781107004153. $90.00 Blending three veins of historiography in a single work, and doing it well, is a task most commendable. Peter McCandless’ Slavery, … Continue reading

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A Review of Fleche’s “The Revolution of 1861″ by David Thomson

The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict by Andre M. Fleche. University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Cloth, ISBN: 9780807835234. $35.00. With the sesquicentennial of the war upon us, dozens of scholarly works … Continue reading

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A Review of Janney’s “Burying the Dead but not the Past” by Angela Esco Elder

Burying the Dead but not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause by Caroline E. Janney. The University of North Carolina Press, 2008. Paper, ISBN: 9780807872253. $24.95. “Even if future generations would forget their contributions with the passing … Continue reading

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A Review of Carey’s “Sold Down the River” by Katherine E. Rohrer

Sold Down the River: Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia by Anthony Gene Carey. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011. Cloth, ISBN: 0817317414. $29.95. Some may lament that works of history are increasingly written with specialized … Continue reading

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Southern Outlaws, Duelists, and Degenerates: Edgefield vs. Little Dixie

For those friends and acquaintances most frequently forced to “enjoy” the company of JHW and myself, this geographical duel will come as no surprise. More than one bottle of bourbon as refereed the two of us boasting which southern locality … Continue reading

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Raising Hell in a District of Devils: Honor & Violence as Edgefield Family Tradition

Raising Hell in a District of Devils: Honor & Violence as Edgefield Family Tradition By James “Trae” Welborn III Anglican itinerant Parson Mason Locke Weems once reviled the Edgefield District of the colonial South Carolina backcountry as “pandemonium itself, a … Continue reading

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