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Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French

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The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments Monument Man is the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career. Read more or purchase here.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. Read more or purchase here. 

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

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The Civil War was just days old when the first enslaved men, women, and children began fleeing their plantations to seek refuge inside the lines of the Union army as it moved deep into the heart of the Confederacy. In the years that followed, hundreds of thousands more followed in a mass exodus from slavery that would destroy the system once and for all. Drawing on an extraordinary survey of slave refugee camps throughout the country, Embattled Freedom reveals as never before the everyday experiences of these refugees from slavery as they made their way through the vast landscape of army-supervised camps that emerged during the war. Read more or purchase here. 

Grant

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most c

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Read more or purchase here. 

Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality

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Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know. Read more or purchase here. 

Hood's Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy's Most Celebrated Unit

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One of the most effective units to fight on either side of the Civil War, the Texas Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia served under Robert E. Lee from the Seven Days Battles in 1862 to the surrender at Appomattox in 1865. In Hood’s Texas Brigade, Susannah J. Ural presents a nontraditional unit history that traces the experiences of these soldiers and their families to gauge the war’s effect on them and to understand their role in the white South’s struggle for independence. Read more or purchase here.

The Decline of the Civil War Re-enactor (NY Times)

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The 155th anniversary Gettysburg re-enactment was a snapshot of a hobby with dwindling ranks.

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