The Sectional Conflict and The War for Southern Independence

1. Ludwell Johnson, North against South: The American Iliad, 1848-1877

    The best one volume study of the late antebellum period, the War, and Reconstruction from a Southern perspective. It could be used as a textbook on mid-nineteenth century American history.

2. Marshall DeRosa, The Confederate Constitution of 1861: An Inquiry into American Constitutionalism

    The only study of its kind on the Confederate Constitution of 1861.

3. E. Merton Coulter, Confederate States of America (History of the South)

    The definitive one volume study of the Confederacy by one of the best Southern historians of the twentieth century.

4. Robert Selph Henry, The Story of the Confederacy

    A riveting one volume narrative of the War and the Southern struggle for independence.

5. Shelby Foote, Civil War Volumes 1-3 Box Set

    A multi-volume masterpiece. Foote implored historians to learn to write, and according to first-hand accounts loved to sing “I’m a Good Ol’ Rebel.”

6. Walter Brian Cisco, War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

    The only sweeping history of the crimes committed against Southern civilians during the War.

7. Charles Adams, When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession

    A stunning post-revisionist (or unReconstructed) history of the War. Tariffs and economics take center stage.

8. Gary Gallagher, The Confederate War

    Gallagher skillfully shows that the men and women who defended the South did so gallantly and that Southern nationalism was not created by a simple defense of slavery.

9. James McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

    McPherson uncharacteristically explains why Southern (and Northern) soldiers fought in the War, and it wasn’t slavery for most.

10. Thomas DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War


11. Thomas DiLorenzo, Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe

    Definitive revelations about the real as opposed to the mythical Lincoln.

12. Edgar Lee Masters, Lincoln the Man

    A major American poet who was born, raised, and lived in Lincoln’s home country in Illinois gives a unique view of the American icon’s life and legacy.

13. Avery O. Craven, The Coming of the Civil War

    A classic balanced account of the causes of the great War Between the States.

14. Michael Holt, The Political Crisis of the 1850s

    Holt places the issues of the 1850s within the context of power politics. Controlling the Congress took center stage, particularly for the North.

15. Marshall DeRosa, ed., The Politics of Dissolution: The Quest for A National Identity and the American Civil War

    Southerners of 1861 explain their reasons for independence from the North.

16. Susan-Mary Grant, North Over South: Northern Nationalism and American Identity in the Antebellum Era

    A new look of the source of the aggressions that led to the War Between the States.

17. Herman Belz, ed., The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union: Selected Documents

    Actual documents from the period give a different view of Webster’s alleged triumphal claim of federal supremacy.

18. D. Jonathan White, ed., Northern Opposition to Mr. Lincoln’s War

    Nine essays on Lincoln’s Northern opponents during the War Between the States.

19. Raimondo Luraghi, A History of the Confederate Navy

    A leading European historian of the American war of 1861—1865 chronicles the heroic exploits and the scientific and technical achievements of Southern navy men.

20. Richard Bensel, Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877

    Bensel shows how the North used the War to solidify the Hamiltonian economic system and force it on a reluctant America.

21. Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command, 3 Volumes

    An unmatched study on leadership and command by the master Southern historian.

22. Bart Rhett Talbert, Maryland: The South’s First Casualty

    The only history of Maryland that correctly explains the State’s real sympathies before the War.

23. Sara Agnes Rice Pryor, Reminiscences of Peace and War

24. Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States

25. Richard Taylor, Destruction and Reconstruction

    Confederate Memoirs by literate and thoughtful participants in the War for Southern Independence, more representative and authentic than the novelized Mary Chestnut “diary” so often used by historians.

26. Howard Ray White, Bloodstains, An Epic History of the Politics that Produced and Sustained the American Civil War and the Political Reconstruction that Followed, Set of 4 Volumes

    This very original 4-volume study of the War For Southern Independence, its causes and aftermath, contains much generally unfamiliar information and insight.

27. Edmund Wilson, Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

    A classic and controversial study of writings by both sides in the War of Southern Independence, by a major American critic.

28. Marshall DeRosa, The Enduring Relevance of Robert E. Lee: The Ideological Warfare Underpinning the American Civil War

    After the war, Lee said the Union victory meant the central government would become progressively tyrannical at home and aggressive abroad. Marshall DeRosa’s book explains what Lee meant by this, and why an understanding of his character and career is necessary if Americans are ever to recover the liberty he fought to preserve.

29. Thomas Fleming, A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War

    A new study that places the blame for the War on the North and fanatical abolitionism.