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Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century eds. by Kevin Adams and Leonne M. Hudson (review)

Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century eds.... Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century. Edited by Kevin Adams and Leonne M. Hudson. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016. Pp. 120. Paper, $24.95.) Democracy and the American Civil War is a collection of essays based on talks given at Kent State University’s 2012 Symposium on Democracy, which took on the topic of democracy and the Civil War in honor of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. In each of the essays, an established scholar of nineteenth-century American history explores how the pressures of the Civil War, the chaos of its aftermath, and shifting ideas of race affected conceptions of American democracy and citizenship. It is a slim work that touches on a number of big issues. The diverse topics covered in the book are all united by the theme of race and democracy, but the authors come at it from wildly different angles, exposing to the reader just how complicated questions of racial justice were during the era of Civil War and Reconstruction. Because the chapters in the volume are based on talks given at a conference, the tone and purpose of each vary greatly. The first two essays, by Stanley http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century eds. by Kevin Adams and Leonne M. Hudson (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 7 (4) – Oct 31, 2017

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Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century. Edited by Kevin Adams and Leonne M. Hudson. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2016. Pp. 120. Paper, $24.95.) Democracy and the American Civil War is a collection of essays based on talks given at Kent State University’s 2012 Symposium on Democracy, which took on the topic of democracy and the Civil War in honor of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. In each of the essays, an established scholar of nineteenth-century American history explores how the pressures of the Civil War, the chaos of its aftermath, and shifting ideas of race affected conceptions of American democracy and citizenship. It is a slim work that touches on a number of big issues. The diverse topics covered in the book are all united by the theme of race and democracy, but the authors come at it from wildly different angles, exposing to the reader just how complicated questions of racial justice were during the era of Civil War and Reconstruction. Because the chapters in the volume are based on talks given at a conference, the tone and purpose of each vary greatly. The first two essays, by Stanley

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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