19th Century

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“Renehan explains how one of America’s first true detective stories drew ‘national journalistic attention’ but also went remembered by famed writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.”

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“James Oakes in The Crooked Path to Abolition tells how far Lincoln could go on emancipation within the Constitution—but how far was he willing to go?”

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“A fascinating page-turner, Rogues’ Gallery will appeal to true crime buffs and anyone interested in the dark side of life in late 19th century New York City.”

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The co-authors of Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, journalist Anderson Cooper and novelist and historian Katherine Howe, posit that the Vanderbilt family suffered from

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“Rhodehamel elegantly tells the familiar story of the Lincoln assassination from the view of race with engaging prose and serious scholarship.”

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If one were to draw a Venn diagram to help explain Robert Plumb’s well-intentioned but flawed book about five significant women in American Civil War history, its overlapping circles would include

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“a fittingly timely book that fits well into the post Donald Trump era of false narratives, conspiracy theories, and cries of fake news . . .”

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“The Invention of Miracles paints a textured portrait of a man driven not by an entrepreneurial desire to invent a product that changed the world but by a passion

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“A bloodied and decimated group of men on crutches came out of the War. Jordan’s impressive history tells their story of courage in the face of danger and undeniable hazard.”

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“The slave trade persisted in New York in the decades before the Civil War because

the city was the capital of the Southern slave economy.”

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“This book is the work of a master historian at the top of his craft.”

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On May 10, 1869, as the last ceremonial rail was bolted down at Promontory, Utah, a San Francisco newspaper declared America’s first transcontinental railroad a “victory over space, the elements, a

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“Richardson’s scholarly work puts to an end the fantasy of American exceptionalism.”

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“Dreams of El Dorado is in a sense the culmination of Brands’ love affair with the history of the American West.”

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"Davis . . . seamlessly blends the immediate events and the background to tell history not well known."

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“The radicals in Holly Jackson’s informative book speak not only with truth and passion but with a vision of a different, better America.” 

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“a fascinating account of spies and counter-spies during the Civil War . . .”

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“The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation is not only an important book that reminds us of a historical moment we might have been

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"Spying on the South . . . goes deeper, darker, and makes stronger ties between the past and the present South than other of Horwitz's works."

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"In Women's War, Stephanie McCurry writes from a perspective of women as equally important in all social issues of the American Civil War."

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“With the word refugee as divisive now as it has ever been, O’Dowd’s book, examining how fresh off the boat migrants fleeing starvation and persecution helped to save the Union, co

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