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Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States ed. by Adam Arenson and Andrew R. Graybill, and: Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West ed. by Virginia Scharff (review)

Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States ed. by Adam Arenson and Andrew R.... book easily dismissed; despite his occasional missteps, Downs has rear- ranged Reconstruction’s familiar form into a new skeleton. It is now up to us to invigorate it. Kevin Adams kevin adams is associate editor of Civil War History and associate professor of history at Kent State University, where he is a specialist in the study of war and society in the United States. Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States. Edited by Adam Arenson and Andrew R. Graybill. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. Pp. 336. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $29.95.) Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West. Edited by Virginia Scharff. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. Pp. 264. Cloth, $34.95.) Every summer I receive a fresh crop of textbook review copies from presses eager to have me sell their product to my already debt-burdened students. It is a tiresome ritual, and a costly one. But before depositing these volumes in the recycling bin, I take their pulse by applying my litmus test: I check to see how they treat the Civil War and the conquest of the American West. To my relief, no textbook has left out these familiar sub- jects yet; to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States ed. by Adam Arenson and Andrew R. Graybill, and: Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West ed. by Virginia Scharff (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 6 (1) – Mar 12, 2016

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Abstract

book easily dismissed; despite his occasional missteps, Downs has rear- ranged Reconstruction’s familiar form into a new skeleton. It is now up to us to invigorate it. Kevin Adams kevin adams is associate editor of Civil War History and associate professor of history at Kent State University, where he is a specialist in the study of war and society in the United States. Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States. Edited by Adam Arenson and Andrew R. Graybill. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. Pp. 336. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $29.95.) Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West. Edited by Virginia Scharff. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. Pp. 264. Cloth, $34.95.) Every summer I receive a fresh crop of textbook review copies from presses eager to have me sell their product to my already debt-burdened students. It is a tiresome ritual, and a costly one. But before depositing these volumes in the recycling bin, I take their pulse by applying my litmus test: I check to see how they treat the Civil War and the conquest of the American West. To my relief, no textbook has left out these familiar sub- jects yet; to

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 12, 2016

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