Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Booknotes: The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution

New Arrival:
The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution and Other Stories from Georgia's Historical Past by William Rawlings (Mercer UP, 2017)

The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution "is a collection of seventeen articles and essays on topics in Georgia and Southern history." These chapters span 1783 to 1930 and cover a great variety of subject matter. 

From the publisher's description: "Individual chapters are arranged by era and cover subjects ranging from The Great Yazoo Fraud of the 1790s, to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Treasure of the 1860s, to the Reign of Terror visited by the Ku Klux Klan in Macon of the 1920s. While academic, the book's varying topics are aimed at readers with a general interest in the intriguing and often convoluted history of the South. Some articles focus on events, others on people (e.g. Gutzon Borglum or Eli Whitney), and still others on more controversial topics, such as the place of The Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind in modern society."

More: "The author's writing style is one that promotes relaxed recreational reading, treating each topic as an unfolding story as the chapter progresses. As a bonus to those interested in research and writing about historical subjects, the Appendix contains advice in the form of "A Short Practical Guide to Historical Research for Writers."

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