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American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era ed. by Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon and Laura Mammina (review)

American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era ed. by Megan L. Bever, Lesley... American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era. Edited by Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon, and Laura Mammina. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020. Pp. 304. Cloth, $50.00.) George C. Rable, professor emeritus at the University of Alabama, left an indelible mark on the fields of southern and Civil War history. American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era offers a collection of essays as thematically diverse as the work produced by the contributors’ mentor. Editors Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon, and Laura Mammina have assembled an insightful and engaging volume that seeks to honor, yet expand upon, Rable’s eclectic scholarship, which spans military, political, religious, and gender history. The volume likewise captures Rable’s empha- sis on the agency of everyday people. In the editors’ words, “All of these scholarly inquiries begin with the premise that ordinary human beings and their experiences matter—that the dynamics among family, friends, and enemies have not only local consequences but often sweeping national consequences as well” (3). The collection of fifteen essays is divided into three loosely chronological sections, exploring the sectional crisis, the war, and Reconstruction. The editors center each of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era ed. by Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon and Laura Mammina (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 11 (3) – Sep 1, 2021

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American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era. Edited by Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon, and Laura Mammina. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020. Pp. 304. Cloth, $50.00.) George C. Rable, professor emeritus at the University of Alabama, left an indelible mark on the fields of southern and Civil War history. American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era offers a collection of essays as thematically diverse as the work produced by the contributors’ mentor. Editors Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon, and Laura Mammina have assembled an insightful and engaging volume that seeks to honor, yet expand upon, Rable’s eclectic scholarship, which spans military, political, religious, and gender history. The volume likewise captures Rable’s empha- sis on the agency of everyday people. In the editors’ words, “All of these scholarly inquiries begin with the premise that ordinary human beings and their experiences matter—that the dynamics among family, friends, and enemies have not only local consequences but often sweeping national consequences as well” (3). The collection of fifteen essays is divided into three loosely chronological sections, exploring the sectional crisis, the war, and Reconstruction. The editors center each of

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 1, 2021

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