Thursday, December 27, 2012

Booknotes V (December '12)

New Arrivals:

1. The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance by Richard A. Sauers and Peter Tomasak (Univ of Missouri Pr, 2012).

Robert Sandow's excellent Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians opened the eyes of readers to the serious civil unrest that erupted in the lumber region of the state when conscription was enacted. Where Sandow devoted a part of one chapter to Fishing Creek's armed draft resistance and the U.S. military response to it, Sauers and Tomasak have now fully fleshed out in book length form these Columbia County events and their enduring legacy.

2. Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance by Ellen Gruber Garvey (Oxford Univ Pr, 2012).

Garvey's book studies scrapbooks of individuals from all walks to life with a view to understanding what these 'personal archives' tell us about what public issues and events mattered most to their creators.

1 comment:

  1. You can find an excerpt from Writing with Scissors on the NY Times Disunion blog, at

    Looking forward to hearing more from you about this book!


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