American Civil War

A Radical Pocket Book

A miniature Emancipation Proclamation helped to recruit Black soldiers during the Civil War.

Unsettled Legacy

Have dominant narratives of the American Civil War been detrimental to its emancipatory promise?

Surrender in the American Civil War

One in every four soldiers surrendered at some point during the American Civil War. It was an honourable way of accepting defeat – provided it was done under the right circumstances.

The Ku Klux Klan

The ‘invisible empire’ of the Klan, writes Louis C. Kleber, was the answering organization in the Southern states to the Radical regimes imposed by the victorious North.

General Sherman’s Total War

‘War is an uncivil game and can’t be civilised’, said one Union sergeant of General Sherman’s rampage through Georgia in 1864. Matt Carr discusses this turning point in the American Civil War.

Launching the Confederate Navy

David Woodward describes how the Confederacy's hope of continuing to exist depended upon gaining command of the sea and of vital coastal and inland waters.