Books for Spring 2021

Civil War America

After taking a cycle off, I’m teaching the Civil War course in the spring. All three books are new to the course and will be supplemented with articles and essays.

Kevin Levin, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) ISBN 9781469653266

Kellie Carter Jackson, Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) ISBN 9780812224702

Jason Phillips, Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future (Oxford Univ. Press, 2018) ISBN 9780190868161

History of American Political Thought

This is a brand new course, and one I’ve wanted to teach since taking Chris Duncan’s in grad school. Like the Civil War course, these books will be supplemented with articles and essays.

Philip Abbott, Political Thought in America, 4th ed. (Waveland Press, 2010) ISBN 9781577666271

Isaac Kramnik and Theodore J. Lowi, American Political Thought: A Norton Anthology, 2d. edition (Norton, 2018) ISBN 9780393655902

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