Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles B. Dew

Why was the US Civil War fought? State Rights or Slavery? Or, possibly the right of slave-owners to keep slaves in in free states? The author had always thought it was State Rights…  The Regents essays allow both answers…  What’s the real deal? Early secessionist Southern officials had plenty to say other southern states to … More Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles B. Dew

John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words by John Phillip Sousa, IV

So many photos! And many are of Sousa himself, playbills, audience at his performances. My favorite part of the book is watching fashions change over the decades. I don’t know what his mama would have thought of him meeting up with bathing beauties showing their limbs at the “Atlantic pageant’, later known as the Miss … More John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words by John Phillip Sousa, IV

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson

BigFatBook(tm) takes a big fat chunk of time to read, but this one is worth it. The first several chapters cover the years leading up to secession, from social to economic to religious. The effects events Mexico, Britain, and France are not neglected. John Brown’s Rebellion is something else I vaguely remember. The clear re-telling … More Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson