LSU Press to Publish Collection of Civil War Essays in May
Leading historians link past and present by exploring the military, political and social aspects of the Civil War
BATON ROUGE – In “The Battlefield and Beyond,” to be released in May by LSU Press, leading Civil War historians explore a tragic part of our nation’s history though the lenses of race, gender, leadership, politics and memory. The essays in this strong collection shed new light on the defining issues of the Civil War era.
Orville Vernon Burton, Leonne M. Hudson, and Daniel E. Sutherland delve into the master-slave relationship, the role of blacks in the army, and the nature of Southern violence. Herman Hattaway, Paul D. Escott, and Judith F. Gentry offer innovative perspectives on the influential leadership of President Jefferson Davis, Lt.-Gen. Stephen D. Lee, and Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith.
Other contributors consider politicians and the public: Michael J. Connolly and Clayton E. Jewett investigate how despotism contributed to Confederate defeat; David E. Kyvig and Alan M. Kraut examine the war’s impact on the Constitution and racial relationships with Jews; and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Kenneth Nivison, and Emory M. Thomas discuss the critical function of memory in our understanding of Lincoln’s assassination.
The essays in “The Battlefield and Beyond” consider the fundamental issue of the Confederacy’s failure and military defeat, but also expose our nation’s continuing struggles with race, individual rights, terrorism and the economy. Collectively, this distinguished group of historians reveals that 150 years after the nation’s most defining conflict its consequences still resonate.
Editor Clayton E. Jewett is lecturer in history at Baylor University and the author or editor of “Texas in the Confederacy: An Experiment in Nation Building,” “Slavery in the South: A State-by-State History” and “Rise and Fall of the Confederacy: The Memoir of Texas Senator Williamson S. Oldham, CSA.”