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Past Readings

2017 Book Selections

Kenneth S. Greenberg, editor, The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents, second ed.
Gregory J. Wallance, Two Men Before the Storm: Arba Crane’s Recollection of Dred Scott and the Supreme Court Case That Started the Civil War
Ethan Greenberg, Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage​
Stephen Vincent Benet, John Brown’s Body​
Bruce Catton, A Stillness at Appomattox​

2016 Book Selections

Drew Faust, Mothers of Invention; Women of the Slaveholding South in the Civil War
James McPherson, The War that Forged a Nation; Why the Civil War Still Matters
Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Don H. Doyle, The Cause of All Nations 
Christopher Dickey, Our Man in Charleston
Mark E. Neely, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
Gordon Rhea, Carrying the Flag, The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero
Sven Beckert, The Empire of Cotton​
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
Paul Alan Cimbala, Veterans North and South: The Transition from Soldier to Civilian after the American Civil War​
James M. McPherson, Antietam: The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War​

2015 Book Selections

Karen Abbott, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
Jay Wernick, April, 1865
James McPherson, Embattled Rebel, Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
James Oakes, Freedom National: Destruction of Slavery in the United States
Thomas Fleming, A Disease in the Public Mind
Joan Cashin, The War Was You and Me
Jim Downs, Sick From Freedom
Craig Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals
T. Harry Williams, Lincoln and His Generals
Jane Singer and John Stewart, Lincoln's Secret Spy: The Civil War Case That Changed The Future Of Espionage
Edward Steers and Harold Holzer, eds., The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators ("Washington's 1865 Guantanamo")

2014 Book Selections

  • James Conroy, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865
  • Jack Hurst, Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga
  • Bruce Levine, Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South
  • Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
  • Brian R. Dirck, Lincoln & Davis, Imagining America 1809-1865
  • Jeffrey Wert, General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier, A Biography
  • Peter Carlson, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
  • Charles Sanders, While in the Hands of the Enemy

2013 Book Selections

  • Stephen B. Oates, To Purge This Land With Blood: Biography of John Brown 
  • Lea VanderVelde, Mrs. Dred Scott, A Life on Slavery’s Frontier
  • Drew G. Faust, This Republic of Suffering  
  • Richard N. Current, Lincoln and the First Shot 
  • Benson Bobrick, Master of War: The Life of George H. Thomas
  • Shelby Foote, The Civil War, Vol. 1 (Fort Sumter to Perryville)
  • John J. Hennessy, Return to Bull Run
  • Adam Goodheart, 1861
  • Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire
  • Ulysses S. Grant, Memoirs 
  • Kenneth S. Greenberg, Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

2012 Book Selections

  • Gary Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg
  • Jean Baker, Mary Todd
  • Catherine Clinton, Mrs. Lincoln: A Life
  • John Fabian Witt, Lincoln's Code
  • David A. Nichols, Lincoln and the Indians
  • John S. Mosby, Memoirs of John S. Mosby
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Bayonet! Forward! My Civil War