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From: Civil War History
Volume 59, Number 2, June 2013
pp. 267-268 | 10.1353/cwh.2013.0032

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Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Ed. Lisa Tendrich Frank and Daniel Kilbride. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8130-3690-8, 368 pp., cloth, $74.95.

This new collection of essays honors eminent southern historian Bertram Wyatt-Brown who recently passed away. His work on southern honor and manhood influenced a generation of historical scholarship. The volume covers a wealth of material, including Native American history, Quakers, abolition, religion, Abraham Lincoln, Sherman’s March, Jim Crow Texas, voodoo, and environmentalism. Informative and well-constructed, this new book will enlighten anyone interested in the varied experiences of southern history, which surely is a fitting tribute to one of the great minds in southern history.

The Battlefield and Beyond: Essays on the American Civil War. Ed. Clayton E. Jewett. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8071-4355-1, 368 pp., cloth, $47.50.

Historian Clayton Jewett’s new edited volume of articles explores a wide range of topics. The volume is divided into five sections: Race and Warfare in the South, Leadership in the Confederacy, Despotism and Confederate Defeat, Reconstruction and the New South, and Memory and the American Civil War. Contributions from several established historians—including Jane Turner Censer, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Emory Thomas, Dan Sutherland, Orville Vernon Burton and Paul Escott—make this new book an important contribution to the historiography of the Civil War era.

The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America’s Most Controversial First Lady. Ed. Frank J. Williams and Michael Burkhimer. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8093-3124-6, 392 pp., cloth, $32.95.

This new collection of essays seeks to shed new light on Mary Todd Lincoln, a controversial and complex figure from the Civil War era. Essays examine her familial relationships, her complex views on slavery, her marriage and political partnership with Abraham Lincoln, and even her fashion sense. Contributions from several noted Lincoln scholars, including Stephen Berry, Brian Dirck, Doug Wilson, Jason Emerson, Harold Holzer, and Catherine Clinton, solidify a valuable contribution to the literature of this fascinating historical personality.

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